Blackpool sweet factory named and shamed for not paying 154 workers thousands in minimum wage

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More than 150 workers were underpaid by the company

 

The Valeo Confectionery factory in Blackpool, formerly Tangerine Confectionery Group
The Valeo Confectionery factory in Blackpool, formerly Tangerine Confectionery Group

A Blackpool factory which makes sweets for some of the UK’s best known brands has been named and shamed for failing to pay the minimum wage.

Tangerine Confectionery Group Limited was outed by the Government after underpaying 154 by a total of £9,400.

At the time, the company was leading UK independent manufacturer of sugar confectionery, making products including Wham, Flump, Dib Dab for the likes of Barratt, Jameson’s, Taveners and Lion.

It has since been taken over by the multi-national firm Valeo Confectionery and continues to operate at a factory on Vicarage Lane where it produces Henry Goode’s Liquorice, Wine Gums, Fruit Pastilles and Fizzy Cola Bottles.

Tangerine Confectionery was among 208 employers which were found to have failed to pay their workers £1.2 million in total in a clear breach of National Minimum Wage (NMW) law, leaving around 12,000 workers out of pocket.

The companies range from multinational businesses and large high street names to SMEs and sole traders and were named and shamed in a Government campaign to crack down on firms not paying workers properly.

These businesses have since had to pay back what they owe to staff and also face significant financial penalties of up to 200% of what was owed, which are paid to the government. The investigations by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs concluded between 2014 and 2019.

Minister for Labour Markets Paul Scully said: “We want workers to know that we’re on their side and they must be treated fairly by their employers, which is why paying the legal minimum wage should be non-negotiable for businesses.

“Today’s 208 businesses, whatever their size, should know better than to short-change hard-working employees, regardless of whether it was intentional or not.

“With Christmas fast approaching, it’s more important than ever that cash is not withheld from the pockets of workers. So don’t be a scrooge – pay your staff properly.”

A spokesperson for Valeo Snack Foods said: “Before our ownership therefore we can’t comment .“