Pizza protest in St John's, Worcester

Evesham Journal: Former employees Steven Woods and Chris Marsh protest outside Papa John's Former employees Steven Woods and Chris Marsh protest outside Papa John's

DISGRUNTLED ex-employees staged a protest outside a Worcester pizza takeaway, claiming they were owed unpaid wages.

Steven Wood, aged 23, and friend Chris Marsh, 22, of Worcester, held placards saying "pay our people" and "pay our taxes" during the protest outside Papa John's in the Bull Ring, St John's on Thursday evening.

Both men claim they were paid £5 an hour, cash in hand every Monday, while they were told income tax and national insurance contributions would be sorted out directly by their employer.

However, both say these contributions were not made by their employer, meaning they were paid below the minimum wage for workers over 21 (£6.31 per hour). They were therefore protesting to claim back the difference (£1.31) between their wage and the minimum wage for every hour they worked.

Mr Marsh, who said he helped manage the takeaway, says he is owed £840 for four months work and Mr Wood £209 for two and a half months work. Both men fear they will become homeless because of their financial situation.

Mr Wood, a former delivery driver, said: "We want backdated wages for every hour he hasn't been paying us the minimum wage. But there is no way he can get away with offering me the money back without offering it to other members of staff.

"I am fighting for those people who haven't got their money back. I am fighting for every other member of staff that has ever worked for Papa John's. If they are prepared to give me my money back they have to pay everybody else's money back."

A manager in the store told your Worcester News reporter on Thursday that both men would be paid their money at the end of the month.

A Papa John’s spokesperson said: “We can confirm that, on the April 25, we were made aware of a number of concerns expressed by members of staff working at our Bull Ring store in Worcester.

Papa John’s takes its responsibility as a franchisor seriously in providing franchise owners with the right advice regarding employment. We are now working with the franchise owner of the store to investigate the issues that have been raised, and ensure these are resolved.”

Lisa Billard of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) said: "We investigate all allegations of national minimum wage (NMW) non-payment, but are unable to comment on individual businesses or workers due to confidentiality."

Anyone who believes they are not being paid the NMW can call the pay and work rights helpline, in confidence, on 0800 917 2368.

If you work for an employer you pay tax on your wages through the pay as you earn (PAYE) system, depending on how much you earn. Employers are responsible for making sure that the income tax and national insurance recorded on employees' payslips is paid to HMRC.

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1:37am Sat 26 Apr 14

Jabbadad says...

Cash in hand what a statement?
Cash in hand what a statement? Jabbadad
  • Score: -5

1:39am Sat 26 Apr 14

Jabbadad says...

And of course these two jobs are but an example of the millions of, in Camerons words, propper jobs, being underpaid even to the minimum and ZERO HOURS.
And of course these two jobs are but an example of the millions of, in Camerons words, propper jobs, being underpaid even to the minimum and ZERO HOURS. Jabbadad
  • Score: -12

9:22am Sat 26 Apr 14

iamthebinman says...

This is Papa John's fault. Not David Cameron's. Is there one story on this site you don't spin into your blinkered weird anti-Tory obsession?

The main issue here is that 'No Your Taxes' sign. Our education system has failed!
This is Papa John's fault. Not David Cameron's. Is there one story on this site you don't spin into your blinkered weird anti-Tory obsession? The main issue here is that 'No Your Taxes' sign. Our education system has failed! iamthebinman
  • Score: 13

9:38am Sat 26 Apr 14

billybobuk says...

iamthebinman wrote:
This is Papa John's fault. Not David Cameron's. Is there one story on this site you don't spin into your blinkered weird anti-Tory obsession?

The main issue here is that 'No Your Taxes' sign. Our education system has failed!
It says "AND your taxes" which is relevant to the story
[quote][p][bold]iamthebinman[/bold] wrote: This is Papa John's fault. Not David Cameron's. Is there one story on this site you don't spin into your blinkered weird anti-Tory obsession? The main issue here is that 'No Your Taxes' sign. Our education system has failed![/p][/quote]It says "AND your taxes" which is relevant to the story billybobuk
  • Score: 15

10:23am Sat 26 Apr 14

pinkfluff says...

iamthebinman wrote:
This is Papa John's fault. Not David Cameron's. Is there one story on this site you don't spin into your blinkered weird anti-Tory obsession?

The main issue here is that 'No Your Taxes' sign. Our education system has failed!
Nothing weird about being anti Tory. I am very frustrated with politicians lying to us and treating the public like they are stupid.
[quote][p][bold]iamthebinman[/bold] wrote: This is Papa John's fault. Not David Cameron's. Is there one story on this site you don't spin into your blinkered weird anti-Tory obsession? The main issue here is that 'No Your Taxes' sign. Our education system has failed![/p][/quote]Nothing weird about being anti Tory. I am very frustrated with politicians lying to us and treating the public like they are stupid. pinkfluff
  • Score: 2

11:23am Sat 26 Apr 14

Jabbadad says...

In hoping to enlighten Iamthebinman, It happens to be his beloved CONservative Government in power with LIMPALONG LIB/LAB/DEM/CONs.
IF it were the Labour or any other political HIGHWAY MEN / WOMEN, I would name them.
As pinkfluff says what worries people like Iamthebinman is that while he and other ashamed CONservative supporters are able to close their eyes to the Governments behavour, they have been RUMBLED by the majority of VOTERS.
IT's SAD TO BE A TORY.
In hoping to enlighten Iamthebinman, It happens to be his beloved CONservative Government in power with LIMPALONG LIB/LAB/DEM/CONs. IF it were the Labour or any other political HIGHWAY MEN / WOMEN, I would name them. As pinkfluff says what worries people like Iamthebinman is that while he and other ashamed CONservative supporters are able to close their eyes to the Governments behavour, they have been RUMBLED by the majority of VOTERS. IT's SAD TO BE A TORY. Jabbadad
  • Score: -19

6:59pm Sat 26 Apr 14

nicki1967 says...

I'd like to hear the outcome of this when the investigation is over. I always thought that when someone was working cash-in-hand it was a fiddle so that they didn't pay tax and NIc and, more than likely, claiming benefits. I'm kind of thinking this isn't the case here as these 2 guys would be dropping themselves in it. I do, however, wonder how many other employees of this company are not as honest.
I'd like to hear the outcome of this when the investigation is over. I always thought that when someone was working cash-in-hand it was a fiddle so that they didn't pay tax and NIc and, more than likely, claiming benefits. I'm kind of thinking this isn't the case here as these 2 guys would be dropping themselves in it. I do, however, wonder how many other employees of this company are not as honest. nicki1967
  • Score: 11

12:37am Sun 27 Apr 14

Jabbadad says...

And we are told by the Institute of Directors that there maybe 5.5 million workers on ZERO HOURS contracts many having travelled into work at their own expense not knowing if they have any hours today / tomorrow / this week / this month . And Cameron stands at the Dispatch box and talks about 2 million more workers now have jobs under their Government. Who tells the truth?
And we are told by the Institute of Directors that there maybe 5.5 million workers on ZERO HOURS contracts many having travelled into work at their own expense not knowing if they have any hours today / tomorrow / this week / this month . And Cameron stands at the Dispatch box and talks about 2 million more workers now have jobs under their Government. Who tells the truth? Jabbadad
  • Score: -7

12:43pm Sun 27 Apr 14

pinkfluff says...

Have they stuck those signs onto a couple of tennis rackets?
Have they stuck those signs onto a couple of tennis rackets? pinkfluff
  • Score: 1

9:28am Tue 29 Apr 14

presterjohn says...

I would urge anyone who uses Papa John's to think again about using the place. The guy that owns the Papa John's chain John Schnatter is a thouroughly unpleasent man who treats his workers like scum. At the moment in America he is pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into right wing parties as he hates the Democratic party so much (The Democratic party is like our Conservative party so you can imagine how far right he actually is). He thinks that organisations like the NHS are evil and that if he does well he has no obligation whatsoever to pass on some of that good fortune back to his staff.
I would urge anyone who uses Papa John's to think again about using the place. The guy that owns the Papa John's chain John Schnatter is a thouroughly unpleasent man who treats his workers like scum. At the moment in America he is pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into right wing parties as he hates the Democratic party so much (The Democratic party is like our Conservative party so you can imagine how far right he actually is). He thinks that organisations like the NHS are evil and that if he does well he has no obligation whatsoever to pass on some of that good fortune back to his staff. presterjohn
  • Score: 1

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