Falkirk firm named in minimum wage scandal

Unite's Pat Rafferty
Unite's Pat Rafferty

A courier firm based in Falkirk is one of the companies on the UK Government’s list of shame which have failed to pay the national minimum wage.

Craig Courier Services, operated by Robert Louis Craig, was one of nearly 200 firms in the UK and over 20 in Scotland who had reportedly failed to pay workers the legal rate for the job.

The list stated Mr Craig’s company owed an employee almost £500 – which has now been paid back to the worker.

Union Unite said the list of shame showed the urgent need for workers to join a trade union.

Pat Rafferty, Unite Scottish secretary, said: “The best protection for workers is when they come together to protect themselves and that means joining a trade union. Some of these employers might have made honest mistakes, but there are still too many rogue companies who try to prop up their profits by exploiting their workers.

“And there are too many Scottish workers being intimidated and scared into going along with it. These figures are probably just the tip of the iceberg – our message to workers is not to sit back and take it.”

The Falkirk Herald could not get in touch with Craig Courier Services for comment.