The Process of Fixing the British National Minimum Wage, 1997–2007
Article first published online: 12 MAY 2009
© Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2009
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume 47, Issue 2, pages 429–443, June 2009
How to Cite
Brown, W. (2009), The Process of Fixing the British National Minimum Wage, 1997–2007. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 47: 429–443. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2009.00722.x
- Issue published online: 12 MAY 2009
- Article first published online: 12 MAY 2009
- Final version accepted on 18 February 2009.
The British National Minimum Wage was introduced in 1999 under the guidance of a Low Pay Commission constructed on a basis of ‘social partnership’. The article analyses its conduct over its first 10 years from diary data. Key challenges were for it to be independent of government, to have its advice accepted by government and to maintain internal unanimity. The changing internal dynamics of the Commission, and its major negotiations over the level of the minimum wage, are described and analysed. Conclusions are drawn for the social partnership process.