Seasonal workers in low pay warning

Seasonal casual workers taken on over the Christmas period may not be receiving the correct rates of pay, the Northern Ireland Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux (NIACAB) has warned.

With Christmas upon us, many retail and hospitality outlets employ extra staff to help cope with their increased workload. However NIACAB has warned casual workers to make sure they are being treated fairly by their employer.

Casual workers are particularly vulnerable in the workplace as they do not have many statutory contractual rights and are not aware of the ones that they do have.

Derek Alcorn, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux said: “Casual workers do not have many statutory rights within the workplace, so it is important that they are in receipt of the few they have. Many casual workers are not aware that they are eligible to the National Minimum Wage and that it is against the law for their employer not to pay them the correct rate.

“We would urge all workers to exert their rights and make sure they are receiving the correct rate of pay”

All employers are legally obliged to pay their workers the national minimum wage. Workers not receiving the National Minimum Wage have the right to be reimbursed any outstanding pay owing to them and their hourly rate of pay adjusted to the correct rate immediately.

The current National Minimum Wage in the UK is £3.50 for 18 – 21 year olds and £4.10 for 22 year olds and over. (MB)

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