Warrington Wolves have released a statement after the Government named them alongside more than 200 employers in failing to pay the minimum wage to lowest paid workers.
The Super League outfit were named as number 54 out of a list of 202: “Warrington Football Club Limited (The), trading as Warrington Wolves, Warrington, WA2, failed to pay £7,720.61 to 34 workers,” a press release said.
Warrington have since issued a response to the reports, with the story coming out today (June 21).
The press release, shared by the Department for Business and Trade and Kevin Hollinrake MP, stated that companies ‘named and shamed’ ranged from major high street brands to small business and sole traders in an attempt to show a clear message from the Government that no employer is exempt from paying their workers the statutory minimum wage.
The statement also confirmed that businesses named have since paid back what they owe to their staff and have also faced financial penalties, while the investigation by His Majesty’s Revenue and Customs concluded between 2017 and 2019.
Warrington Wolves release statement
However, Warrington have since released a statement to clarify the issue raised by the Government’s press release.
“Warrington Wolves are aware of today’s government story regarding the national minimum wage,” the club said.
“The club’s minimum hourly pay has never fallen below the national minimum wage and no staff members have ever been underpaid.
“The 34 cases mentioned took place between 2013-2018.
“The cases relate to colleagues who were able to purchase merchandise or tickets and have the money deducted from their salary, which in turn took some cases to below national minimum wage. This incentive has since been stopped.
“Additionally, some colleagues were not paid within the strict time periods specified in the National Minimum Wage regulations.
“This was remedied as soon as the club became aware of the issue.”