All Aboard the Minimum Wage Bus
The Government has launched a new campaign to ensure everybody is aware of the National Minimum Wage.
Starting in East London and travelling to more than 30 towns and cities nationwide, the government’s national minimum wage information tour bus will be displaying the campaign message:
£5.52: Are you on board?
The campaign intends to make workers aware of their rights and employers aware of their obligations and will offer free information and advice from the tour bus.
Speaking at the launch of the campaign Pat McFadden, Minister for Employment Relations, said:
"Every worker should earn a fair wage for a fair day’s work.
The national minimum wage remains one of the most important new rights introduced by this Government. Employers who don’t pay the minimum wage are not only cheating workers, they’re undercutting honest businesses.
This information campaign will help provide those most at risk of underpayment with the advice and support they need to take action where necessary."
An estimated 1 million people are entitled to the national minimum wage across the UK with around 70,000 of those workers in London.
In 2006 enforcement officers managed to recover around £345,000 in underpaid wages to 1500 workers in the London area.
The NMW helpline is both free & confidential from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Call the NMW helpline on 0845 6000 678 or in Northern Ireland call 0845 6500 207.