Tesco, Pizza Hut and Superdrug in minimum wage fail
Tesco, Pizza Hut and Superdrug are among more than a hundred firms “named and shamed” by the government for not paying workers the minimum wage. Almost 140 companies investigated between 2016 and 2018 failed to pay £6.7m to more than 95,000 workers.
The minimum wage ranges from £4.15 an hour for apprentices, to £8.72 an hour for over-25s. Tesco, Pizza Hut and Superdrug said the underpayments were historic errors and staff had been swiftly reimbursed.
Ministers said the offending firms – which included hotels, restaurants, car washes and shops – short changed tens of thousands of workers, in what they described as a “completely unacceptable breach of employment law”.
Cases included employers taking deductions from wages for uniforms, training or parking fees or failing to raise employees’ pay after a birthday which should have moved them into a higher minimum wage bracket.
It is the first time the government has named firms for failing to pay the national minimum wage since 2018, following reforms to the process to make sure only the worst offenders are revealed.
The Business Minister Paul Scully said he was especially disappointed to see big household names on the list but he said it should be a “wake-up call” to bosses. “It is never acceptable for any employer to short-change their workers, but it is especially disappointing to see huge household names who absolutely should know better on this list,” he added.