Government restores £4m in unpaid minimum wages

Government officers enforcing the minimum wage
have restored £4 million in unpaid wages, the DTI announced on the second
anniversary of its introduction.

Officials retrieved around £3 million last year
after receiving thousands of telephone tip-offs on a special helpline.

The Government has received more than 6,000
complaints since the introduction of the minimum wage in April 1999.

Regional inspectors spot-checked 8,700
employers suspected of paying workers below the minimum wage and issued 342
enforcement notices and 54 penalty notices.

The minimum wage is set to rise again in
October to £4.10 from the current rate of £3.70.

By Richard Staines

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