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    Hi all, feel free to move to a more appropriate forum.

    I have been working as a cleaner for nearly two years now, for the first year and a half I was at university, so happily went to work, rarely even looked at my payslips, and spent money like it was my last day.

    I have since graduated, and looking at improving my finances, I have noticed that recent payslips I have been underpaid (this ranges from £50 a month to £200 a month) I have only done the last three months worth of wage as I wrote my hours down.

    I have since looked back at other pay slips and done the maths (hours I know I worked during certain months) and realised I have been badly underpaid.
    At work, their is only a sign in book, where we put our name and hours worked, the book is then changed when the last page is used up. I have asked my boss to see past books (as legally he has to keep them for 3years) however he just says the pay will be correct, I’m paying the wrong tax and other excuses.

    I have been to the tax office and deducted the tax I am paying and deducted the breaks we get.

    I was wondering if anyone has any advice on what I can do, where I can go, as I know I have been underpaid, however I need the books to prove the hours I have previously done.

    Thanks for any help
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    Discuss this with Citizens Advice Bureau.

    They are really good with stuff like this, genuinely, people get really stuck up about them and think it's like going to the job center or some nonsense.
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    This is unlawful deduction of wages.

    I'd send him a letter detailing
    - how many hours you worked, in those months you know about
    - how much tax you have paid (if relevant, photocopy the letter from the tax office which tells you; otherwise just say what they have said)
    - how much you were actually paid
    - how much you have been underpaid by
    Tell him that you expect full payment within 7 days, and if you don't get it then you will take him to an employment tribunal.

    Not sure if you have the right to see the records (although an employment tribunal would get them out of him), but you also need to include a section in your letter telling him that you expect to be able to see the books within 7 days.
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    Wouldn't the parts of the books that are about you have to be released under a Data Protection Act request? You could maybe get him with that.
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    Citizens advice bureau and prob court action if the guy intentionally underpaid you... Not only is it rude, it's also quite obviously illegal.

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