Xmas bonus for under-paid workers

Dec 23 2003 by Brian Amble Print This Article

More than 5,000 low-paid workers in the UK have received a £1.8 million Christmas bonus after a government crackdown on employers who fail to pay the minimum wage.

One fruit and veg stall worker in London received £4,800 from her own father, who had been mistakenly paying her the 1999 minimum wage rates to help in his business.

Two apprentice hairdressers in Cambridge got more than £1,200 in arrears after their employer failed to start paying them the minimum wage when they turned 18.

And a nursery in Exeter was forced to pay a worker who looked after children £1,404 in back pay.

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