Three Scottish Clubs 'Named And Shamed' For Underpaying Staff
Three Scottish football clubs were "named and shamed" for underpaying staff, according to the BBC. Scottish Premiership side Motherwell and Scottish Championship clubs Greenock Morton and Falkirk were on a list of employers not paying the minimum wage. A list of 28 employers "breaching pay rules" in Scotland was released by the U.K. government as part of its campaign to "force employers to pay workers properly." Motherwell failed to pay £2,755.34 to 12 workers, with Greenock Morton keeping £2,382.46 from six members of staff. Falkirk had to pay back £495 owed to one worker. A spokesperson for Motherwell said, "This was an administrative error on the club's part. The amount outstanding was immediately paid to employees in full." Falkirk said that its case was related to a player who signed with the club in '13, and that it rectified the situation "immediately." The Scottish Professional Football League said that all of its clubs "must act in accordance with the laws of the land," and that "we are currently making enquiries to each of the three named clubs to establish the facts." Greenock Morton clarified its position in a statement on the club website that said, "This is a historical case dating from three seasons ago in which a solitary player was due the majority of the figure mentioned as a result of being erroneously contracted. Five other players were also underpaid by very minimal amounts due to the club missing key trigger dates for slight increases due in the terms of their contracts. However, once we were made aware of the situation, all players were promptly and fully reimbursed earlier this year" (BBC, 12/8).