Union Policy Toward Minimum Wage Legislation in Postwar Britain

Bowlby, Roger L.
October 1958
Industrial & Labor Relations Review;Oct58, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p113
Academic Journal
This article focuses on union policy towards minimum wage legislation in postwar Britain. The British system of statutory wage regulation has had trade union support because it gives effect to wage rates arrived at by wages councils and boards which imitate in their composition and procedure voluntary collective bargaining bodies. The councils and boards are composed of members of employers' organizations and trade unions together with three independent members, who, although they hold the balance of power, endeavor to get the two sides to reach agreement. For trade unions, wages councils and boards are useful instruments in trades where they have been too weak to secure effective voluntary collective bargaining. There are two main issues to be resolved. These are the two main contentions of my original article, that in the postwar period a change in the attitudes of trade unions and employers toward statutory wage regulation has taken place, and that a change in the pattern of earnings in the regulated and unregulated industries accounts, at least in part, for these changes in attitudes.


Related Articles

  • What the unions didna ken, they ken noo. Aitken, Ian // New Statesman & Society;3/29/96, Vol. 9 Issue 396, p10 

    Discusses the British government's policy concerning labor union's demand for higher wages. Government efforts to control inflation; Strategies to convince labor union leaders' to control members' demand for higher wages; Implications on the country's overall economic condition.

  • The Current Crisis reveals both the Importance and the Limitations of the Transnational Coordination of Collective Bargaining Policies. Glassner, Vera; Watt, Andrew // Social Europe: The Journal of the European Left;Summer2010, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p21 

    The article discusses the importance as well as the limitations of the transnational coordination of collective bargaining policies during economic crises in Europe. It outlines the association between the inequalities in international competitiveness and wage policies. It highlights the labor...

  • Lifting the Minimum Wage.  // Time;10/31/1977, Vol. 110 Issue 18, p65 

    The article reports on the legislative victory of the AFL-CIO on the minimum wage increase despite the opposition of businesses and economists . It states that the U.S. Congress has voted to boost the minimum wage from its present 2.30 dollars an hour to 3.35 dollars by 1981 or an increase of 45...

  • Frame Extension, Trade Union Identities, and Wage Politics: Evidence from Sweden. Tsarouhas, Dimitris // Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Societ;Fall2011, Vol. 18 Issue 3, p419 

    Drawing on frame theory, this paper examines how policy entrepreneurs within the Swedish Trade Union Confederation Landsorganisationen i Sverige (LO) embarked on a campaign to extend an exclusively class-based solidarity frame along gender lines. In the process, LO's identity was modified. Once...

  • Another Wage FREEZE. McDiarmid, Mary // Access (1204-0472);Summer2010, Vol. 16 Issue 3, p36 

    The article focuses on the plan of freezing compensation by Ontario government in 2010. It states that Ontario plans to freeze the wages of all non-bargaining employees in the public sector for two years. Moreover, government is seeking for agreement that do not include increases in the net...

  • Wage case leaves employers in cold. Way, Nicholas // BRW;10/10/94, Vol. 16 Issue 39, p36 

    Reports on the decision of the Industrial Relations Commission of Australia to grant workers a $24 rise by March 1996 and reject any significant review of awards. Employers' efforts to formulate a strategy that will convince the government to deregulate the award system; Claim that the move...

  • Erosion, Erneuerung, Umnutzung: Arbeitgeberverbände und ihr Umgang mit dem Flächentarifvertrag am Beispiel der ERA-Einführung in der Metall- und Elektroindustrie. Bahnmüller, Reinhard; Kuhlmann, Martin; Schmidt, Werner; Sperling, Hans Joachim // Industrielle Beziehungen;2010, Vol. 2010 Issue 3, p241 

    The erosion of the German system of collective bargaining during the last two decades is threatening the effectiveness of collective regulation of wages and working standards. With the introduction of the new Single Status Pay Agreement (ERA), both sides, the employers' association and the trade...

  • WAGE-PRICE CONTROLS AND INCOMES POLICIES. Robinson, Derek // Monthly Labor Review;Mar74, Vol. 97 Issue 3, p34 

    Discusses key issues relevant to wage controls or incomes policy in order to moderate the rate of increase in money wages in the U.S. Definition of incomes policy; Role of trade-unions in the determination of incomes policy; Policy implications on industrial relations.

  • Gov't workers take industrial action. Slee, Chris // Green Left Weekly;8/31/2011, Issue 893, p3 

    The article reports that members of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) in government agencies in Australia have protested against government policy that limits pay hikes to 3% per year.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics