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    Hi,

    So I got a new job around a month and a half ago and when I looked over my contract the hourly rate said £6.19 which I signed and obviously a manager signed and then sent to head office to be processed.

    I got paid at £6.19 for the first two weeks of pay as we get paid weekly, but then when i checked my payslip for the third weeks pay I had been moved down to £4.61 which not only annoyed me as its a considerable difference but I was offered the job there on the basis I would be paid the same wage. I later found out that the company pays on age and because im only 17 they can get away with paying me £4.61 however i signed my contract at £6.19 and therefore they HAVE to pay me that rate, as well as that I have NOT signed any other contract which states they can pay me at £4.61

    They have told me for the last three weeks that they are sorting it but still my wage has not changed and its getting to the point of me considering external action to get the matter sorted!

    My worries are am I in a position to do so? and if I am what is the procedure?

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    Yes, you're absolutely entitled to the higher rate. If they told you at interview that you would get the higher rate and then put a contract in front of you with the higher rate then its their **** up and they need to stand by it. Email or write to the hr department and enclose a photocopy of your contract and add that you will be taking further action if its not fixed by pay day in 2 weeks time (you need to give them time to fix it)

    Also, if they then decide to dismiss you then take them for unfair dismissal as well!

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    If it's in the contract that both parties have agreed to they have to stick to those terms, they aren't there to just be dismissed whenever they feel like it, regardless of minimum wage rates. I'd email human resources about the issue and if they drag their heels you'll have to take it further - give them enough time to sort it out first though, you might have to wait a month or so for it to be rectified. Contact Citizen's Advice if nothing happens.
 
 
 
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