THE National Minimum Wage Act of 1998 created a minimum wage across the United Kingdom. This is the lowest hourly pay that employers may legally pay to workers. It took effect on 1 April 1999. The current National Minimum Wage (NMW) is £5.93 per hour for workers aged 21 years and older, £4.92 per hour for workers aged 18–20.
Despite this progressive act, Solidarity Trade Union still feels that many bosses are breaking the law by paying workers a pittance – especially those employed in the Care, Service and Security industries.
That’s why – in October of last year - we launched our National Minimum Wage campaign.
The campaign is spearheaded by a leaflet which asks Are You Getting Enough? It notes that if adult workers are being paid less than the NMW they could be entitled to more money by law. The leaflet explains:
“If you normally start and finish at set times, if you are employed by someone and paid a wage then you probably come under these regulations.”
Later this year Solidarity will be stepping up its NMW campaign. We’ll also be campaigning on behalf of Sleep-In workers – who are also entitled to the National Minimum Wage – and against the new Employers Charter. Further details will be provided in the next issue of British Worker.
In the meantime, we’d ask all our members to support the current NMW campaign. Why not get hold of some of our Are You Getting Enough? leaflets and distribute them where employees might be paid less than the NMW. For more details, either e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us at: Solidarity Trade Union, Room 407, 12 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1DD.