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Welfare Reform on the Web (June 2000): Minimum Wage - UK

HOW WAS IT FOR YOU? MONITORING THE MINIMUM WAGE

Anon

New Review of the Low Pay Unit, no. 61, 2000, p. 10

A series of interviews with 45 low paid workers in Britain showed that:

  • experience of the minimum wage had been extremely varied;
  • the changes took place over several months;
  • simple non-payment affected only a minority, but many more saw their conditions of employment changed against their will;
  • enforcement based on complaints by individual employees had been of limited use.

MINIMUM WAGE FEARS UNFOUNDED

Anon

Labour Research, vol. 89, no. 4, 2000, p. 15-16

The Low Pay Commission reports that around 1.7 million people, mostly younger women and younger workers, have benefited from the introduction of the national minimum wage (NMW) in the first year of its operation. The article summarises the findings from the report "National minimum wage - the story so far". The Commission states that fears among industry leaders of a negative impact on jobs, competitiveness and prices all proved to be unfounded.

RHETORIC AND REALITY: THE IMPACT OF THE MINIMUM WAGE

A. Crossman

New Review of the Low Pay Unit, no. 61, 2000, p. 16-17

Reports results of surveys investigating the threatened and actual responses of employers in the hotel industry to the national minimum wage. Findings show that the introduction of the minimum wage has resulted in wage gains, but there is little evidence of any significant disemployment effect.

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