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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Wages councils were the brainchild of Winston Churchill (then known as trade boards).
He also said that in discussions with the National Wages Council and the federation, officials have taken into account living expenses as well as the current state of the country's economy.
The hotel and catering and retail industries were significant as major employers and they gave the CIR valuable experience of industries with low union organization and with problems of low pay, an experience that was increased with the Wages Council references.
Specifically, we evaluate the consequences for employment of the weakening of the Wages Council system (that is, the failure to upgrade minimum wages in line with average wages) in the 1980s.
Under a Conservative government, in 1986, the hourly pay rates of young workers under eighteen were taken out of Wages Council control.
Activists accused the government of circumventing a previous court order setting minimum wage at a salary compatible with living costs (estimated as LE 1,200), and ordering the National Wages Council to set it instead.
Merthyr Tydfil was not affected - the town council agreed to negotiate at local level if the National Wages Council fails to reach agreement on wages.
CAIRO: Half of Egyptians spend only LE 500 per month and 12 percent live on LE 11,000 a year, according to Osman Mohamed Osman, Minister of Economic Development and head of the National Wages Council (NWC), who dismissed the proposed LE 1,200 minimum wage.
CAIRO: Government ministers and labor activists have both rejected the LE 400 minimum monthly wage set by the National Wages Council (NWC) on Thursday.
28, 2010 the National Wages Council (NWC), which was set up seven years ago in 2003 for the express purpose of setting a minimum wage, finally set the amount at LE 400.
CAIRO: The National Wages Council (NWC) set the minimum wage at LE 400 Thursday, following an administrative court ruling on Tuesday that the government must set a minimum wage in line with the cost of living.
The ruling upholds an earlier administrative court verdict issued in May that found that the National Wages Council established under the Labor Law passed in 2003 must set a minimum wage applicable in both the public and private sectors.