Firm failed to pay 14 workers right wage

A Cramlington company has been named by the government as one of 25 employers who have failed to pay workers a minimum wage.

A2ZEE Construction Ltd was highlighted as one of the worst offenders in the country by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

The company failed to pay £3,375.51 to 14 workers and now faces a fine of up to £200,000.

Northumberland county councillor for Cramlington, Wayne Daley, said: “Failing to pay the national minimum wage is illegal and it is about time bad employers were named and shamed for ripping off hard-working people.

“I am pleased that government and unions are working together to identify these companies and make sure they face the full force of the law. People should feel confident that if they have been underpaid that they can take action and government will listen.

“This is just the start of a process to make sure workers are valued and employers understand that there is a price to pay for breaking the law.”

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady added: “Under-paying your lowest paid staff is immoral and illegal.

“Employers caught in the act deserve to be fined and have their reputation ruined.”

“This should send a clear message that dodging the minimum wage does not pay.

“All minimum wage cheats should be named and shamed, and HMRC need greater resources to catch even more crooks.”