United Kingdom -Consultations on minimum pay -December 02, 2013

The Low Pay Commission, which advises the government on the level of the minimum wage, has been criss-crossing the country speaking to low-paid workers – from chicken factory operatives to corner shop staff – and to the firms who pay their wages. The commission, made up of employer and employee representatives and academics, will gather in January 2014 and, after two or three days of analysis, decide what they think the minimum wage should be. Since the measure was introduced in the late 90s the government has always followed the commission's advice. The founding chair of the commission has argued that the UK is at risk of creating a two-tier labour market in which growing numbers of workers earn very low wages partly because some employers use the minimum level as a starting point.

English: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/nov/29/low-pay-commission-tours ...  

 

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