Mr McGovern said:
‘This is a matter of fairness and common sense. When you go to a restaurant or to have a hair cut and leave a tip, you expect it to go to the staff on top of their pay, not to be put through the payroll to make up the Minimum Wage.’
‘This will benefit workers throughout Dundee, people we all rely on, but who sometimes don’t have the strongest voice.’
And as part of Labours crackdown on those who try to exploit workers, tough new penalties for employers who underpay their staff have been made law. There could be unlimited fines for the most serious cases rather than the current maximum limit of £5,000. It will also mean a fairer way of dealing with national minimum wage arrears, calculated so workers do not lose out.
Mr McGovern added:
‘Rogue employers need to be exposed. If you think a rogue employer is not paying up then get in touch with me on 01382 322 100 or call the national minimum wage helpline on 0845 6000 678. And don't worry, you don’t have to give your name or details to them if you don't want to.’