Skip to main content

Migrant Workers: Minimum Wage

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to ensure that migrant workers (a) receive the minimum wage and (b) are protected from employer coercion in relation to their terms of employment. (135069)

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs minimum wage compliance teams are devoted to making sure all workers receive their entitlement to be paid at least the national minimum wage. Every year the DTI publicises details about the minimum wage and the number to ring (0845 6000 678) if workers need more information or believe they are being underpaid. The helpline operators have access to language line interpreters so that callers can be phoned back allowing the caller to speak in their own language.

The Government will not tolerate the mistreatment of migrant workers. Legal migrant workers have the same employment rights and recourses as their UK equivalents. To ensure migrant workers are aware of their rights we have produced ‘Know before you go’ leaflets in partnership with the Polish, Lithuanian and Portuguese governments. The Home Office is also distributing a one page DTI note on “basic employment rights and where to go for further advice”. This is going to all workers registering under the worker registration scheme and is available in a range of languages.