Just took a very interesting call from an experience relief chef in the North West of England who warned that there are scores of low-paid hospitality staff working for way below the National Minimum Wage because they are not being paid overtime.
He says there is one particular group - with a number of three-star hotels - which has been routinely not paying overtime to staff on the basis that they are salaried.
Our source says some staff are working as many as 80 hours a week but only getting paid for their 40-hour salaries, meaning they are earning way less than the minimum wage (£5.73 per hour).
Unfortunately, he says, most of the staff involved - largely young or foreign workers - are too afraid to speak out for fear of losing their jobs (and, in many cases, live-in accomodation).
Has anyone else come across this sort of practice? Is it widespread?
Let us know.
Thanks for your thoughts Peter, a beacon of light in the murky world of pay legislation as ever.
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