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Increase in National Minimum Wage

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The rumours have been confirmed!

The government has announced that it is to increase the national minimum wage from £3.70 to £4.10 in October 2001, following the Low Pay Commission's recommendation.

It will then increase another 10p to £4.20 in October 2002.

No increase for young workers (18-21 years old) has been announced - thus it presumably remains stable at £3.20 per hour.

The EOC has issued a press release welcoming these increases. I have not yet seen any press releases from the CBI or similar bodies, but they objected to the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission and lobbied against the proposed increases.

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