Thousands of women migrant workers are being paid below the minimum wage, according to research published by the TUC today.
The TUC estimated that about 35,000 women were being exploited by rogue employers – with some working up to 48 hours a week – and being paid below their legal entitlement.
Migrant workers were also more likely to work as temps or in insecure work without written contracts and lacked health and safety training.
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber called for “zero tolerance” on employers who underpaid and exploited migrant workers.
“UK unions are stepping up their efforts to organise migrant workers to stop employers from using a poor grasp of English or ignorance of UK employment law as an excuse to treat people badly,” Barber said.
Tens of thousands of migrant workers are employed in the social care sector. Last year, the TUC warned that exploitative gangmasters were supplying increasing numbers of staff to care homes.