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Corrie sparks minimum wage outrage

20 February 2019
Richard Lozano

Recently, eagle-eyed Corrie fans have taken to Twitter to express their outrage as the popular Rovers Return pub doesn’t seem to pay minimum wage.

Jenny Connor the pub’s landlady was accused of not paying minimum wage on last Tuesday’s episode.

The mistake was spotted after Jenny Connor gave Emma Brooker, who worked a shift to help Gemma Winter out, just £25 to cover a four-hour shift. That’s £6.25 an hour when the minimum wage is currently £7.83.

This has led fans to call for Emma, played by Alexandra Mardell, to take Jenny to an Employment Tribunal.

One fan Tweeted: “£25 for 4 hours work that’s £6.25 an hour isn’t that below minimum wage. Employment Tribunal,”

Another said: “£25? Divide it by 4 hours and that's £6.25. The Rovers is paying below the MINIMUM WAGE.”

A third: “£25? 4 hours? That's below minimum wage! She might have got away with hit-and-run, but I think we've got Jenny Bradley bang to rights this time.”

And: “Will HMRC be paying The Rovers a visit? Jenny paying cash to Emma for 4 hours’ work is a bit naughty. Full investigation required.”

The Minimum Wage legislation can be complex and confusing – more so given the proliferation of zero-hour contracts and casual work. For employers, a failure to pay the minimum wage can result in hefty fines and unwelcome publicity.

If you would like more information about your wages or require any other specialist employment advice please do not hesitate to contact Richard Lozano, employment solicitor on 01302 341414 or alternatively you can email