THREE South West employers are today named and shamed for failing to pay the National Minimum Living Wage.

The employers named by the government are Mr and Mrs Balasco of Eugenio, Bristol, who neglected to pay £3,037.53 to two workers; Runbaro Ltd from Swindon, who neglected to pay £1,413.88 to a worker and CPS SW Ltd, of Exmouth, neglected to pay £261.29 to a worker.

South West TUC Regional Secretary Nigel Costley said: "It’s great that minimum wage crooks are finally getting named and shamed.

“Under-paying your lowest paid staff is immoral and illegal. Employers caught in the act deserve to be fined and have their reputation ruined.

“This should send a clear message that dodging the minimum wage does not pay. All minimum wage cheats should be named and shamed, and HMRC need greater resources to catch even more crooks.”