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Welfare Reform on the Web (June 2003): Minimum Wage - UK

HOMEWORKERS IN SCOTLAND AND THE MINIMUM WAGE

Scottish Affairs Committee

London: TSO, 2003 (House of Commons papers, session 2002/03; HC 335)

There is incontrovertible evidence that a sizeable proportion of industrial homeworkers receive less than the National Minimum Wage. In order to eliminate abuses as far as possible, the Committee recommends that:

  • statistical data on UK homeworkers should be improved;
  • sanctions should be imposed on employers who do not pay their homeworkers the minimum wage;
  • steps should be taken to protect homeworkers who complain against vengeful employers.

THE NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE: BUILDING ON SUCCESS

Low Pay Commission

London: TSO, 2003 (Cm 5768)

The national minimum wage has boosted the earnings of vulnerable groups such as women, part-time workers and young people. There is no evidence that it has reduced job opportunities or fuelled wage inflation through large claims for wage rises from public bodies such as the NHS. Proposes that the national minimum wage for adults should be increased to £4.50 in October 2003 and £4.85 in October 2004. The development rate for young workers under 21 should be increased to £3.80 in October 2003 and £4.10 in October 2004.

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