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Minimum wage 'denies work'

THE MINIMUM wage will deny people the chance to work, the new CBI president said yesterday. The pounds 3.60-an-hour rate, to be implemented by the National Minimum Wage Act, was at the "top end" of the range the CBI saw as being "workable", said Sir Clive Thompson, chief executive of Rentokil Initial. "What I'm really against is the issue, simply because I think it denies people the opportunity of being employed," he told the BBC1 Breakfast With Frost.

Boost for Blair over pay for the young

A NATIONAL minimum wage does cost young employees' jobs, says an authoritative new report issued yesterday, vindicating the Government's controversial announcement of a lower minimum wage for young workers up to the age of 21.

Any job is better than none

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`It's impossible to have any kind of life on this pay. I'd pay all my bills then run out of money and not eat properly'

Lisa Dugdale is 22. And she thinks that the minimum wage plan will turn young people into second-class citizens.

Minimum wage `is no threat to jobs'

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Beckett gets rough ride over pounds 3 wage

MINIMUM WAGE

Beckett's job at risk in minimum wage row

MARGARET BECKETT'S cabinet position was in the balance last night after she suffered a defeat at the hands of the Chancellor, Gordon Brown, over the minimum wage, according to some of her closest cabinet colleagues.

The fight for decent pay goes on

Podium; From a speech by the General Secretary of the public service union Unison to its annual conference.

Leading article: Tipping the scales in favour of the weakest in the workforce

THE ARGUMENT in the Government about the national minimum wage was bound to be reported in personal terms. It does, however, matter to the prospects for Tony Blair's administration that he and Gordon Brown have fallen out with Margaret Beckett. It also matters that there are strong currents of ideology, passion and history running through the Labour Party and the trade unions in favour of the minimum wage. But what matters above all is getting the policy right.

Why discriminate against the young?

It's wrong for employers to be allowed to exploit young workers.

Low-pay victory for Brown

THE TWO-TIER minimum wage, with young people starting on pounds 3 an hour and pounds 3.60 an hour for over-25s, will be announced today in a Commons statement which will be seen as a victory for Gordon Brown, the Chancellor, to reduce the cost to industry.

Brown fights shy of raising national minimum wage

THE NATIONAL minimum wage would add only 0.6 per cent to the nation's wage bill, according to confidential estimates by the Low Pay Commission.

Right of Reply; A waitress replies to our leading article calling for the abolition of tipping

I ONLY survived university with the support of tips from three waitressing jobs. But it is obvious that the person who wrote your leading article, suggesting that tipping should be abolished, needed to make no such efforts. If you believe that "the whole business of tipping" is an embarrassment because diners ruin their meal by puzzling their spoilt heads over billing percentages, then what do you imagine the whole business of waiting must be like?

Unions dismayed at wage move

UNIONS yesterday voiced dismay at reports that the Prime Minister has decided to support a watering down of one of the key recommendations on a minimum wage.
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