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Migrant workers are paid less than they are entitled to

Migrant workers are most likely to face discrimination at work and female migrant workers are more likely to be paid below the minimum wage, according to TUC.

The TUC shows recent migrant workers are more than twice as likely as other workers to receive less than the minimum wage for their age, while female migrant workers are nearly twice as likely as men to be paid less than the minimum wage.

Brendan Barber, TUC general secretary said: "Rogue employers who underpay the national minimum wage deserve zero tolerance. The minimum wage is making a real difference to the lives of many low-paid migrant workers, and we must continue to crack down on mean bosses not paying staff the wage they are entitled to."
The TUC findings reveal 15% of recent migrants work more than 48 hours per week. This comes less than a week after the Government launched a crackdown on employers who abuse vulnerable workers such as migrants.
Commenting on the findings, Tom Hadley, director of external relations at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, said: "All workers, irrespective of where they come from, are entitled to the minimum wage. Recruitment agencies who supply workers at under the legal minimum are harming both the employee and other reputable agencies that support and work within the industry standards."