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(3) Historical context

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(3) Historical context

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(3)     Historical context

The NMWA 1998 is not the first attempt to provide legal control of wage levels. On the contrary, legal scrutiny began in 1891 when the Fair Wages Resolution was passed by the House of Commons in an attempt to improve the working conditions associated with 'sweated labour'. This required employers who were engaged on government contracts to pay at least the generally recognised minimum for the sector concerned. This approach was bolstered by the establishment of Trade Boards under the Trade Boards Act 1909 which were required to fix minimum wage levels in specific industries

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