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Unison welcomes move to tackle 'rogue employers'

Published: Tuesday, 03 August 2010   Category: Employer News

Graduates have received a boost after a leading union called for a clampdown on minimum wage loopholes.

HM Treasury revealed recently that it will amend pay legislation following a consultation on travel and subsistence schemes provided for some minimum wage workers.

Unison has welcomed the move, urging the coalition government to tackle companies which are arguably exploiting graduates, and the law, as a result of the current rules.

"Unscrupulous employers have always looked for ways to get around paying workers the minimum wage they are entitled to," commented a spokeswoman for the union.

"If the government is really serious about helping those on the minimum wage they need to rethink some of their policies on cutting benefits that hit some of the poorest in our society."

The news was also well received by Brendan Barber, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, who said vulnerable workers must be supported by a "robust pay floor".

Unison is a public sector union with more than 1.3 million members, who are mainly public services staff. ADNFCR-1068-ID-800011570-ADNFCR

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