One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the UK) one of a number of statutory bodies, now abolished, consisting of workers' and employers' representatives responsible for determining wages in particular industries.
- ‘Ten wages councils covering employment in the following industries/sectors have been established.’
- ‘Awareness of statutory employment rights, including health and safety, wages councils and the employment of young persons, form part of union shop steward training courses.’
- ‘Moreover, this practical problem cannot be resolved even with the establishment of a wages council as suggested by HKSSS in its minimum wage proposal.’
- ‘The three remaining wages councils look after the interests of agricultural workers in England and Wales, in Scotland, and in Northern Ireland.’
- ‘Labor participates in the wages councils as set up under the Wages Councils Act, but labor's representation on the boards of directors is minimal.’
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