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.
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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.
Schedules 3 and 8 gave the CIR the duty, on direction from the Secretary of State, to investigate Wages Councils. S17 and S18 and Schedule I gave the Court power to investigate claims for approved closed shops.
In this paper, we investigate the effects of minimum wages on wage dispersion and employment in the United Kingdom using data on workers covered by Wages Councils. 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.
It will be much more advisable to refer the matter to a National Minimum Wages Council which should delineate over all aspects of the matter before coming up with a uniform minimum wage.
But the guidelines on wage adjustments in the late 1970s and in the 1980s provided by the National Wages Council were generally followed by companies in the city state.
Safwat El-Nahhas, head of the National Wages Council's (NWC) complaints committee, said that the new minimum wage does not apply to state administrative employees, who already earn LE 492 per month.
The decision by the Central Minimum Wages Council effectively means minimum wages should be left unchanged.
Craig et al.'s (1982) study of former Wages Council industries in the late 1970s found that 24 stamped or pressed metalware firms regarded their female press operators as more highly skilled than their male labourers, but paid the men a higher minimum time rate (p.85).
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.
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.