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ABOLITION OF WAGES COUNCILS (No. 2)

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1235A1: tabled on 28 January 1993

Tabled in the 1992-93 session.

This motion has been signed by 9 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Mr Alan Meale on 25 January 1993. This is amendment number 1.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

leave out from 'House' to end and add 'notes the reluctance of the Labour Party to give an undertaking to reinstate wages councils; recalls that the last Labour Government abolished 11 wages councils covering 600,000 workers; notes that 80 per cent. of workers covered by wages councils live in households with two or more earners; and believes that pay is best decided by employers and workers concerned in the light of their particular circumstances'.

Original motion text

That this House believes that Government moves to abolish wages councils are a retrograde step and would put millions of low paid workers at risk of exploitation; reminds the Government that currently there are at least 2.5 million people covered by wages councils, that in 1991 alone the Wages Inspectorate found 5,971 firms paying below minimum rates set by those councils, with the companies involved owing their employees in excess of ú1.5 million and that, contrary to impressions given in the business community, minimum rates of pay set by wages councils are not high, but currently are only between ú2.50 and ú3.10 per hour; and believes that pay scales undoubtedly would worsen if protection afforded by wages councils were removed, proof of which can be seen in recent surveys of job centres which found many jobs advertised for young people below minimum rates since they were removed from the orbit of wages councils' concern.