Friday, 8 December 2017

Primark and Sports Direct among 260 employers "named and shamed" on pay by HMRC



Two of the biggest brands in UK discount retailing are among 260 employers "named and shamed" by the Government for failing to give staff the national minimum wage.
 
HMRC identified 16,000 workers who were owed a total of £1.7m in back pay.


Among them were 383 Sports Direct staff - short of £167,000 - after the company was at the centre of a storm over its pay, business practices and corporate governance last year.


Two agencies which supplied staff to Sports Direct were also publicly identified.


The Department for Business (BEIS) said Best Connection failed to pay the most of any of the companies named - almost £470,000 to 2,558 workers - while Transline Group had to give £310,000 to 1,421 people.


A Sports Direct spokesman said: "This matter relates to the historical situation in our warehouse that was widely publicised in 2016, for which we apologised at the time.


"We co-operated fully with HMRC to make back payments to Sports Direct staff who were affected.


"We are committed to treating all our people with dignity and respect, and we pay above the national minimum wage."


The other well known retail brand to pay up was Primark, which was fingered for more than £230,000 owed to more than 9,700 workers.




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