TITLE

Union Policy Toward Minimum Wage Legislation in Postwar Britain

AUTHOR(S)
Bowlby, Roger L.
PUB. DATE
October 1958
SOURCE
Industrial & Labor Relations Review;Oct58, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p113
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
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.
ACCESSION #
6475486

 

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