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LABOUR CHALLENGES COST TO SOCIAL SECURITY AS WAGES COUNCILS GO

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Labour challenged the government to spell out the cost in social security of abolishing the Wages Councils, which w...
Labour challenged the government to spell out the cost in social security of abolishing the Wages Councils, which were scrapped yesterday under the Trade Union Reform and Employment Rights Act, reports the Guardian (p7).

Labour warned of the move's dire consequences for the living standards of women and ethnic minorities.

Frank Dobson, Labour's employment spokesman has written to Michael Portillo, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, criticising the government's refusal to disclose the cost in likely extra benefit payments.

The act, which was the subject of fierce protests by the Opposition, the TUC, low pay and women's lobbying organisations, is the ninth piece of Conservative legislation changing employment law and has left Britain as the only country in the European Community without a minimum wage system, the Guardian reports
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