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Anger over apprentices cheated out of full wages

By Alan Jones

Figures which show an increase in the proportion of apprentices not paid the full minimum wage they are due are "shocking", campaigners say.

A Government survey reveals that 18% of apprentices were paid less than the minimum wage rate they were entitled to in 2016, up from 15% in 2014.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "It is shocking that so many apprentices are being cheated out of the pay they have earned.

"Bosses in hairdressing and childcare are the worst offenders, meaning that thousands of young women are being denied their legal rights.

"Workers at the start of their working life are entitled to be paid the national minimum wage. Ministers must urgently find the employers responsible for breaking the law, name them publicly and prosecute them."

Young Women's Trust chief executive Dr Carole Easton said: "It is shocking that even with the very low levels of minimum pay permitted for apprentices, so many employers still break the law."

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