NOV 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Homeworkers Told To Get What They're Owed
who work from home in Coventry are being urged to take part in a
national survey to make sure they are being paid the minimum wage.
survey is being carried out as part of a campaign to ensure that
people are getting the £3.80 an hour to which they are entitled.
across Coventry are employed in a range of industries including
food preparation, packaging, electronics and data input.
of them are entitled to £3.80 an hour, which was increased from
the previous minimum of £3.60.
Dave Batten, cabinet member (Development and Renewal), said:
employers will try to get out of paying the national minimum
wage by getting employees to sign forms that say they are self
employed or by saying it does not apply to piece work or fixed
is not true. Everyone deserves a fair rate of pay for a fair
days work - regardless of if they work in a office, a factory or
it is easy for homeworkers to become isolated and unsure of
taking part in this national survey we will be helping to
establish a national picture and make contact with homeworkers
here in our city.
the information will be treated in the strictest confidence and
our homeworking officer will also be able to provide help and
advice on their rights and the law if people want it."
is one of only a handful of local councils to employ a homeworking
officer and it is this officer who will be working with people in
the city to help them complete the questionnaires.
will be passed on to the National Group on Homeworking and the Low
Pay Commission who in turn will produce a report to be passed on
to Central Government.
take part call Vera Hyare, Homeworking Officer, on 024 7683 1285.