23 April 2010
Some organisations 'breaking pay laws'
A number of organisations stand accused of breaking UK laws concerning pay.
According to the Unite union, some charities are flouting regulations in this way by failing to meet the national minimum wage (NMW) when staff work during the night.
The organisation - which was formed as a result of the merger of T&G and Amicus - claimed that many of its members are required to work shifts which incorporate a residential element.
This is often referred to as a 'sleep-over', it noted.
Unite pointed out that when a staff member is working or is at the employer's disposal to work should an emergency occur, this constitutes working time for the purposes of the Working Time Regulations 1998.
National officer for the not-for-profit sector at the union Rachael Maskell said: "Members who are working such shifts are entitled to receive the NMW, currently £5.80 an hour."
If employers are not paying the NMW, a claim for unlawful deduction of wages can be brought, she added.