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Wages Council Workers

Volume 77: debated on Monday 15 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many complaints regarding illegal underpayment of workers covered by wages councils in Wales were received in 1979 and 1984.

The wages inspectorate in Wales received 610 complaints from workers in 1979 and 579 in 1984.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many workers in each of the past five years in establishments in Scotland covered by wages councils were found to be underpaid; and what arrears were assessed in each year.

The information requested is given in the following table:

ScotlandWorkers found to have been underpaidArrears assessed have been underpaid £
19803,860303,103
19812,805272,200
19821,965226,264
19831,959217,317
1984*1,592210,359
* Provisional.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many establishments were visited in Scotland by wages inspectors in each of the past five years;

Scotland
Establishments where pay was checked by visitEstablishments visited and found to be underpaying one or more workersProportion of establishments visited and found to underpaying one or more workers (see note below) percentage
19803,8471,43737·3
19812,4431,08544·4
19822,05586442·0
19832,93991431·1
*19842,77384530·5
* Provisional

Note:

These figures cannot be taken as an indication of the general level of compliance as the inspectorate tends to concentrate visits on establishments which are more likely to be underpaying.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many workers in Scotland are currently covered bywages councils; what are the wage rates for each category of employment; how many instances of underpayment were discovered in 1984; and how many employers were prosecuted as a result.

The number of workers covered by wages councils in Scotland is not available.I refer the hon. Member to my reply on wages rates to the hon. Member for Thurrock (Dr. McDonald) on 4 March 1985 at column

364.

In 1984, 1,592 workers in 845 establishments in Scotland were found to have been underpaid. No employers were prosecuted.