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UNIONS WARN NOT TO DELAY MINIMUM WAGE

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Trade unions have warned the government against delaying a national minimum wage, after the head of the Low Pay Com...
Trade unions have warned the government against delaying a national minimum wage, after the head of the Low Pay Commission said that the project may take up to four years and may not come into force before the next election, the Daily Telegraph (p12) reports.

Trade unions are expecting the starting rate to come into force in 1999, but Prof George Bain said that a much longer time scale was needed which might not see a firm rate until 2001.

He told BBC radio's 'Today' programme, 'This should not be a one-shot affair. We are moving into unchartered waters here. No one can say exactly what will happen.'
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