The London Assembly is calling for the Government to make enforcement of the National Minimum Wage a key priority.
It comes amid claims by the Centre for London and the Trust for London that more than 300,000 people in the UK are earning less than the legal minimum wage, and just nine employers have been prosecuted for breaching the law.
The Assembly has agreed a motion calling on Mayor Boris Johnson to lobby the Government, which argues that the 'failure to properly enforce the National Minimum Wage allowing many rogue businesses to undercut wages and drive down pay for people on low-incomes'.
Fiona Twycross, who proposed the motion, said: "Despite estimates that over 300,000 people earn less than minimum wage very little action has been taken. As it stands too many companies get away without paying the minimum wage. We call on the Mayor to stand up to companies who don’t pay the minimum wage. Unless there is support for increasing fines, investing in enforcement and naming and shaming bad employers, thousands of Londoners will be paid criminally low wages."
Assembly member Andrew Boff added: "There is a clear link between people earning less than the legal minimum wage and modern day slavery. Many people earning below it are often working illegally and may be trafficked, whether it be in factories, cheap takeaways or nail bars. I’ll be working closely with the Mayor to make sure they’re named, shamed and fined."