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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Hiring and firing rules were liberalised and Wage Councils, bar one, were abolished.
The pay for higher proportions of part-timers was determined by wage councils awards.
He also called for the creation of wage councils to cover more than nine million workers in hospitality, retail and social care.
At the heart of this will be the reintroduction of wage councils - a forum for bosses, unions, workers and the Government - to agree pay, terms and conditions.
This should include stronger collective bargaining rights, modern wage councils to ensure that pay increases follow productivity gains, and worker representation on remuneration committees to bring back a bit of reality to boardroom pay.
Even Margaret Thatcher, who set about dismantling Britain's other wage councils, accepted that rural workers needed unique protection.
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.
On reintroducing wage councils - July 2016 "I think there's a real case for reinventing modern wage councils, operating sector by sector, looking at the specific terms and conditions in individual sectors and arguing for better terms and wages for workers in those sectors.
Before the morning is out on day one of a new government, it should set up wage councils to raise the pay of the men and women of our country.