Message from the Mayor
Helping residents to get fair pay (Hackney Today, 9 September 2013)
Low pay is a serious issue for many people in Hackney and we are taking steps to prevent residents from being forced to work for less than the national minimum wage.
The Government has recently said it will publicly name and shame rogue bosses who exploit workers and ignore rules on pay but I'm concerned that more needs to be done to catch unscrupulous businesses.
We already carry out a range of enforcement action for people who flout food hygeine and trading standards legislation or illegally dump waste on Hackney's high streets and I've recently asked the Business Secretary Vince Cable for similar powers to tackle employers who do not pay at least the legal minimum wage.
Those who breach licensing or environmental health rules are more likely to ignore other legal duties and we would like to use this information to help track down low pay employers. At the moment central government is responsible for dealing with this issue and we'd like to see a commitment from them to work together with us to stamp out this problem.
You may have seen our current campaign around the borough, letting people know that they are entitled to at least a minimum wage of £6.31 for over 21s and £5.03 for 18-20 year olds from 1 October this year. If you are not receiving this you should call the Pay and Work Rights Helpline on 0800 917 2368 to make sure you get the wages you are entitled to.
Hackney Council is already on the way to becoming the first local council in which all the staff of its contractors are paid at least the higher London living wage, as is already the case with our own directly employed staff, and we hope to complete this early next year.
Jules Pipe, elected Mayor of Hackney
Page updated: 11 Sep 2013