Labour campaign on wages councils

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The Independent Online
Frank Dobson, Labour's employment spokesman, is to launch an autumn campaign designed to warn workers of the pay cuts they face as a result of the abolition of wages councils earlier this year.

The campaign, which will target Conservative marginal constituencies, will seek to alert as many as possible of the 2.6 million employees covered by wages councils that they are likely to see cuts in their rates, ranging from pounds 2.59 to pounds 3.10 per hour.

Two million of the workers affected are women. Labour is committed to introducing a national minimum wage, which Mr Dobson yesterday insisted would have no long-term adverse effect on employment.