NURSERY employees in the North West who are paid less than the minimum wage will be given a helping hand by the Government, Employment Minister Jim Fitzpatrick has announced.
Teams from HM Revenue & Customs, which ensures payment of the minimum wage, will begin a year-long enforcement campaign after finding widespread evidence of non-payment of the minimum wage - including a number of cases in this region - in the last three years.
Mr Fitzpatrick said: 'When parents are paying for their childcare I'm sure they would expect the provider to have sound employment practices. While we know that there are many exemplary employers in this sector there is a problem with some nurseries.
'The minimum wage is there for a reason and the Government is determined to ensure that workers in the North West get the pay they deserve. That is why the enforcement of the minimum wage is so important.'
He added: 'This campaign is as much about helping people as cracking down. If any employers or employees are confused about minimum wage rates, or need help and advice they can get it by calling the national minimum wage helpline on 0845 6000 678.'