The STUC is urging hundreds of thousands of workers to check their pay today.
It is also calling on employers to make all efforts to switch to digital pay-slips to ensure workers receive up to date information on their pay.
The STUC is urging three quarters of a million workers in Scotland to carefully check their pay today using payslips where possible. It said they should check they have been paid the correct amount and that their employer has communicated with them about any changes to pay.
• Friday is by far the most common day in the week for people to be paid. And today is the second most used pay date by Scottish employers. At least 25% of Scottish workers (up to ¾ of a million people) would normally be expect to be paid today. This includes people who are paid weekly, as well as many of those who are paid fortnightly, monthly or at 4-week intervals.
• The date also falls at the end of the week in which the Government Furlough Scheme opened to employers with estimates suggesting up to 800,000 Scottish workers could be furloughed.
• This means that up to 200,000 workers in Scotland being paid today could now be classified as furloughed workers.
• Employer approaches to laying off workers have massively varied with some maintaining full payment, other promising 80% pay and others not applying to the Job Retention Scheme. The STUC continues to receive evidence of confusion and failure by employers to communicate with workers.
STUC General Secretary Designate, Rozanne Foyer, said: “Today is a particularly important day for hundreds of thousands of Scottish workers who should have been paid today. It is vitally important that workers check their pay and where possible their payslip.
“Workers have day one employment rights to challenge non-payment of wages or illegal deductions. No deductions should be made without a formal letter having been sent to workers by the employer.
“If workers have not been paid or if they have received wage deductions or reductions in pay that they have not been informed of, they should contact their trade union immediately. Non-members should contact their work colleagues to check whether the problem is the same for others. Immediate contact should then be made in writing (via email or letter) so that workers have evidence that they have requested they pay owed.”
The STUC said that whilst it did not have the capacity to support individual cases for non-members it would provide information on how to join a union and provide a model letters for workers to write to employers, particularly if they wanted to take forward joint approaches to employers. Citizens Advice Scotland also provides support.
Foyer also called on businesses to migrate as quickly as possible to the provision of digital payslips and to ensure a transparent and regular flow of information to employees. This should include direct negotiation with trade unions.
For more information, please contact Rachel Thomson, Campaigns & Communications Officer, on 07974966227.