Polish workers win £250k payout for docked wages

Grant Prior 12 years ago
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Fourteen Polish laggers on a power station construction job have won £251,204 after an employment tribunal ruled they were underpaid by thermal insulation contractor Darmar.

The GMB claim another 70 workers who were not union members also suffered similar pay deductions.

The Employment Tribunal in Cardiff heard the workers were employed as laggers by Darmar in the construction of Uskmouth Power Station in South Wales.

GMB officers saw the pay slips given to the laggers which showed:

  • The Polish workers were not paid correct overtime payments which amounted to 19 hours pay per week.
  • They were deducted one days lodging allowance every week.
  • They have not had any periodic leave payments for seven months
  • They have had no periodic leave travel allowance (radius payments travel time and rail fares) for seven Months.
  • They have not been paid the correct Incentive Bonus Arrangement payments for seven months

Jeff Beck, GMB Regional Officer who represented these workers said: “These Polish migrant workers suffered exploitation at the hands of their employer who made unlawful deductions from their wages and allowances due to them.

Phil Whitehurst, GMB Lead Organiser for engineering construction added: “GMB will carry on its work to stop such unscrupulous employers exploiting migrant workers to undercut our members pay, terms and conditions in such a deplorable way.”

The union fears that the workers will not receive their money because Darmar has now quit the UK.

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