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Wages Council Awards

Volume 959: debated on Wednesday 29 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list in rank order from lowest to highest, all wages council awards which currently apply; and if he will also list all other categories of workers whose basic rate is less than the highest wages council awards.

It is not possible to list all current rates laid down for the large number of categories or workers covered by wages councils without disproportionate cost. However, for typical adult grades—for example, shop assistant in retail trades,"other workers"in other trades—the current weekly rates are shown in the following table. Where area rates are set, the rates shown are for large towns outside London.

Council and Current statutory minimum
£
Fur27·50
*Hairdressing undertakings other worker)27·85
Coffin furniture etc.31·20
*Licensed non-residential establishment (bar staff)32·30
*Hairdressing undertakings (operative hairdresser)32·50
Made-up textiles33·00
Rubber proofed garment making33·19
*Retail bread and flour etc. (England and Wales)33·20
*Licensed residential establishment etc34·00
Laundry34·00
Cotton waste reclamation 34·00
Toy manufacturing34·10
Retail news agency, tobacco etc.(Scotland)34·15
Dressmaking and women's light clothing (Scotland)34·36
Hat, cap and millinery34·39
Lace finishing34·40
Shirtmaking34·40
Aerated waters (England and Wales)34·50
Dressmaking and women's light clothing (E & W)34·60
Corset34·60
Retail food etc. (Scotland)34·60
*Retail food etc. (England and Wales)34·60
Wholesale mantle and costume 34·62
Unlicensed place of refreshment 34·92
Linen and cotton handkerchief etc.35·20
Retail bespoke tailoring 35·46
Sack and bag35·75
*Licensed non-residential establishment (club stewards)35·80
Rope, twine and net35·90
*Retail furnishing and allied trades36·00
Boot and shoe repairing36·50
Retail news agency, tobacco etc.(England and Wales)36·70
General waste materials reclamation37·20
*Pin, hook and eye etc37·40
Ostrich and fancy feather etc.†38·00
Button manufacturing†38·00
Retail bread and flour confectionery(Scotland)†38·20
Retail drapery outfitting and footwear trades38·50
Perambulator and invalid carriage40·50
Flax and hemp41·01
Aerated waters (Scotland)†41·60
Retail bookselling and stationery trades†42·50
*These councils have issued proposals for increased rates, mostly from the anniversary date.
†These rates include the settlement in the 1978–79 pay round.
Comprehensive information upon which to base the second list is not available.