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The Process of Fixing the British National Minimum Wage, 1997-2007

  • William Brown

The British National Minimum Wage was introduced in 1999 under the guidance of a Low Pay Commission constructed on a basis of 'social partnership'. The article analyses its conduct over its first 10 years from diary data. Key challenges were for it to be independent of government, to have its advice accepted by government and to maintain internal unanimity. The changing internal dynamics of the Commission, and its major negotiations over the level of the minimum wage, are described and analysed. Conclusions are drawn for the social partnership process. Copyright (c) Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2009.

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Article provided by London School of Economics in its journal British Journal of Industrial Relations.

Volume (Year): 47 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 (06)
Pages: 429-443

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  1. Brown, W., 2002. "The Operation of the Low Pay Commission," Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 0223, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.
  2. Metcalf, David, 1999. "The Low Pay Commission and the National Minimum Wage," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 109(453), pages F46-66, February.
  3. William Brown, 2000. "Putting Partnership Into Practice In Britain," ESRC Centre for Business Research - Working Papers wp178, ESRC Centre for Business Research.
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