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11 Northern Ireland employers 'outed' for failing to pay legal wage

By Staff Reporter

A Catholic Church charity is among a group of 11 employers across Northern Ireland named by the Government today for having failed to pay the National Living and minimum wages.

Dromore Diocesan Trust, which lists its headquarters as Bishop's House on the Armagh Road in Newry, failed to pay £3,844.98 to three staff.

That worked out at roughly £1,280 per worker, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy revealed.

Along with the charity, two care homes, a cleaning services firm, an IT company and a popular hotel are just some of the local firms which make up the 239 employers across the UK which owe a total of £1.44m in back pay to employees.

Out of the 22,400 workers who were owed money from employers, 220 of them are in Northern Ireland, and will "get back the pay they deserve", said Secretary of State Karen Bradley.

The employer who owed the largest amount here was food producer Origin Fresh in Omagh, which failed to pay £10,317.95 to three staff, with average arrears of £3,439.32 per worker.

Next came Armagh City-based Sunnymead Residential Home, operated under Sunnymead (Armagh) Ltd.

It failed to pay a total of £6,507.01 to 76 workers, or an average of £85.62 per employee.

The second care home to make the list was The Tilery Nursing Home in Enniskillen, which failed to pay £2,423.50 to 33 workers.

Staying within the healthcare sector, RQIA-registered nursing and care agency Trackars Limited - which has offices in Belfast and Downpatrick and provides care assistants to health trusts - failed to pay £3,334.55 to 23 workers.

Meanwhile, a Co Londonderry-based hotel, Roe Park Resort, failed to pay £3,399.28 to 46 workers.

Also located in Co Derry is Oak Grove Cabins Ltd, which manufactures bespoke outdoor wooden homes.

It failed to pay £2,728.35 to one worker.

One of the 11 firms is Banbridge-based home cleaning business Baby Maids, which offers a range of services aimed at pregnant women and working mums.

It failed to pay £3,283.65 to 18 workers.

Two Newry-based companies also fell foul of the HMRC.

Engineering firm Exact CNC (NI) Ltd owed a total of £576.16 to 17 workers, while IT provider Hypersync Ltd failed to pay £1,518 to a single employee.

It joins Castlereagh firm Nicholl Plaster Mouldings, which also failed to pay a single employee a total of £281.70 that was owed to them.

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