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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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He conveniently forgets that the Tories opposed the minimum wage and abolished the wages council which provided a safety net for millions of low-paid workers, not only on pay but terms and conditions of employment.
He confirmed that, in view of the significant numbers of written objections received by the Councils during the objection period against the proposed Wages Regulation Orders (WROs), the Wages Councils are required under Section 54(3) of the ERP to consider any written representations and may make any other inquiries before submitting the WRO proposals to the Minister.
Together with trade union decline, the increased use of outsourcing and subcontracting of services, and intensified globalisation, the abolition of the Wages Councils contributed to increasing wage inequality in the 1980s and 1990s.
Workers in Wales need to see a far greater commitment to pay the Living Wage from employers, and the UK Government needs to act now to introduce modern wages councils which could set higher minimum rates in industries where employers can afford to pay their staff more.
We need to see a far greater commitment to pay the living wage from Government and employers, and modern wages councils which could set higher minimum rates in industries where employers can afford to pay their staff more.
Winston Churchill brought in wages councils for particular industries.
Their plight worsened after the Tories abolished Wages Councils dedicated to giving decent earnings to low paid workers.
Wages Councils were instituted in the 1950s to set minimum pay rates in the lowest paying industries, where trade union representation was low and women's representation high.
50 YEARS AGO: Reluctance by Ministers of Labour to approve agreed recommendations by the Wages Councils on the retail distributive trade promises to further increase the tension between the government and trade unions when the TUC meets next week.
Michael Howard was part of the last Tory government which cut basic state pension, which abolished wages councils and consigned hundreds of thousands of people to poverty.
Regulatory legislation was introduced to deal with areas of workplace relations where collective bargaining was limited in scope (in particular, health and safety) or in low-paying sectors where voluntary collective bargaining had failed to take root (as in the case of the industries covered by the trade boards and, later, wages councils, which in the late 1940s amounted to 25 per cent of the employed labour force).
2 per cent since the Government abolished Wages Councils in 1993.