The Statutory Minimum Wage Question
Employers and trade unions in the UK were at one time united in their opposition to the concept of a statutorily-fixed national minimum wage, this despite pressure for its introduction from those speaking on behalf of the low paid. Employers were concerned that any form of state regulation would interfere with the freedom of the labour market and that any minimum that might be established would be fixed too high. This would lead to an unsupportable increase in labour costs in organisations directly affected and to pressure for the maintenance of differentials elsewhere. Trade unions were concerned either that the statutory minimum would be so low as to be meaningless or that its very establishment would weaken potential employee commitment to trade union organisation and collective bargaining.
KeywordsIncome Doyle Trade Unionism Undercut
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