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Brown 'to raise minimum pay'

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Fuller chairman savages new employment laws

FULLER, SMITH & Turner, the 154-year-old London brewer, yesterday launched a fierce attack on the national minimum wage and working time directive, saying the legislation was cutting into the company's profits.

Letter: Trade in misery

Sir: Some questions for Diane Coyle ("Hands off the World trade Organisation. It's the only hope that the poor have", 29 November).

Sub-postmistress wins right to minimum wage

A POSTMISTRESS was celebrating last night after winning the first stage in a landmark legal battle to be paid the minimum wage.

Letter: Unions and Labour

Sir: Your report from the TUC conference quotes a senior Downing Street source saying that the unions were living in "cloud cuckoo land" if they thought that they would have won the national minimum wage and new employment rights if there had been no party-union link ("Blair urges unions: `Be champions for change' ",14 September).

Average earnings break through pounds 20,000 mark

AVERAGE EARNINGS for full-time workers have broken through the pounds 20,000 mark, despite a continuing moderation in the level of pay settlements, according to a report published today.

Dodgers of minimum wage face tax probe over wage dodge

THE GOVERNMENT yesterday declared war on employers who refuse to pay the minimum wage by insisting their confidential tax files will be opened to scrutiny.

Focus: Fightback - Labour revives its past

After the Euro election disaster, the party hierarchy is hoping to rediscover the romance of the labour movement

Hague may sack Redwood

WILLIAM HAGUE is at loggerheads with John Redwood over plans to abandon the Tories' outright opposition to the minimum wage, fuelling speculation that the Conservative leader will sack his trade and industry spokesman at the looming reshuffle.

Fullers' profits swell with Pride

ON THE back of a surge in popularity for London Pride, its flagship beer, Fuller Smith & Turner yesterday posted an 11 per cent jump in annual profits.

Minimum wage win for hairdresser

A HAIRDRESSER who earned just over pounds 1.50 an hour has become the first person to benefit from the national minimum wage laws.

Parliament: Minimum Wage: Dozen low-pay firms face stiff fine

TWELVE COMPANIES were threatened with prosecution by the Government yesterday for refusing to pay staff the new national minimum wage.

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