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

HOW's IT GOING? MONITORING THE MINIMUM WAGE

Anon

New Review of the Low Pay Unit, no. 59, Sept/Oct-1999, p. 15-17

The government has asked the Low Pay Commission to assess the impact of the minimum wage. The Low Pay Unit has been monitoring its effects through callers to the advice line and has submitted a paper calling for upgrading, which is summarised here.

MINIMUM FUSS

Guardian, Oct. 15th 1999, p. 21

Contrary to earlier fears, the impact of the national minimum wage has been benign. It has been effective in narrowing the pay gap between men and women, while neither triggering an inflationary pay spiral nor causing job losses.

(See also Times, Oct-15th 1999, p. 33; Financial Times, Oct. 15th 1999, p. 2)

WHY £3.60? THE POLITICS OF SETTING THE NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE

Anon

New Review of the Low Pay Unit, no. 59, Sept/Oct. 1999, p. 6-8

Calls for the national minimum wage to be set at half male median earnings. Currently this would be £4.79 per hour, rather than the £3.60 introduced in April 1999.

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