#WAGETHEFT – 5 WAYS EMPLOYERS ROB THEIR WORKERS

30 November 2017 - 2:15pm
News

Thursday 30 November 2017

New research has found that at least 2 million workers in Britain are losing over £3 billion in unpaid holiday pay and wages a year. Workers on precarious contracts are often afraid to enforce their rights for fear they’ll lose future work. Migrant workers are often afraid to approach authorities for fear they’ll be arrested, detained and deported by the very authorities meant to be enforcing their rights.

Only by ensuring all workers have their rights at work protected can we stop a race to the bottom where employers push down conditions for everyone.

We must Stand With Migrant Workers and End Precarious Contracts. Here are five ways in which employers are robbing their workers’ of the wages they are owed.

1. Not Paying Holiday Pay:

 

The law means all workers are entitled to paid holidays, even if you're on a zero hours contract. Millions of people have missed out on £1.2bn of holiday pay. This is money you are entitled to. 

 

2. Unpaid overtime: 

 

If you're hourly paid, make sure you claim any hours of overtime. If you don’t claim all the hours you work, then your hourly rate is going to fall. You are entitled to be paid for the work you do, including any extra hours.

 

3. Deductions from pay: 

 

Ever had to buy your own uniform? Or been made to buy the brand you’ve been working for out of your own pocket? The law says employers cannot make unauthorised deductions to your pay, this includes making you buy your own uniform, or deducted for being late.

 

4. Not being given a payslip: you have the right to have your payslip.

 

The law requires that employees receive a written statement of gross pay, deductions and the net amount. Not being given a payslip is a breach of your employment rights.

 

5. Misclassifying work / Dispute over contracts: 

 

Time you spend in work-related activities must be considered as "work". This could include, for example, the payment of travelling time for care workers, which can amount to thousands of pounds a year. 

 

The number of people who are in-work but still in poverty is at an all-time high. All workers should be entitled to their basic rights at work. Take action today to stand with migrant workers and end precarious contracts here: www.waronwant.org/endprecariouscontracts

 

If you think you might be a victim of wage theft Unpaid Britain have a useful guide to claiming what you're owed here

ASK YOUR MP TO END PRECARIOUS CONTRACTS

Help ensure the government guarantee basic rights at work for all workers.

Latest news

BDS is a legitimate means of protest against human rights abuse, says War on Want

14 December 2017 - 12:15pm

Campaigning for BDS is a legitimate means of protest, a fact that has been affirmed time and time again by bodies such as the European Union. It’s effectiveness is one of the main reasons why there is an organised campaign led by the Israeli government to shut it down. Students have every right to use their democratic rights to organise and exercise freedom of expression, and should be applauded for calling out violations of international law and human rights abuse.

Read more

Was it too much to expect the WTO to deliver for women?

14 December 2017 - 12:00pm

Argentina, host for this week’s World Trade Organisation, welcomed hundreds of government representatives to Buenos Aires to negotiate the rules of the global trade in goods, services and ecommerce. Lagging far behind other international fora, the WTO made attempts to draw attention to the impact of trade on gender equality, and correspondingly the impact women’s economic productivity can have on trade.

Read more

Join the conversation

At the end of a week of failed #WTO negotiations, read our take on how their policies have failed #women globally:… https://t.co/FxAh1m69y9 21 hours 42 min ago
Inspiration to take action next year. 12 stories of real #resistance in 2017, from #metoo to Brazil’s biggest… https://t.co/oTvV4DgA7p 23 hours 46 min ago
Get War on Want materials for your #union, #campaign or #protest. We'll send you FREE publications and merch:… https://t.co/oKt06npIzn 1 day 16 hours ago