Wages Council

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Wages Council

One of a number of boards in the United Kingdom that formerly set minimum wages. One wages council existed for each low-pay industry and each had the authority to raise or lower the minimum wage for that industry. Most wage councils were abolished in the early 1990s. In the late 1990s, the National Minimum Wage was passed, eliminating the need for the councils.

Wages Council

a UK body which stipulated minimum levels of WAGES and CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT in certain industries. Wages Councils were abolished in 1993. See MINIMUM WAGE RATE.
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The current law defines two types of minimum wages: (1) regional minimum wages based on collective agreement, and (2) minimum wages based on the studies and deliberations of minimum wage councils.
Since the demise of wage councils we have continued to have a minimum wage in this county.
The pay for higher proportions of part-timers was determined by wage councils awards.
He said research had shown that such a rate was less than what those workers would have been paid if the wage councils, which were abolished by the Conservatives, had been allowed to continue.