Haulage wage proposals made
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• The Road Haulage Wages Council has now issued its detailed proposals for the rises in minimum wage rates for haulage workers agreed at its last meeting. The proposals, embodied in RH(93), provide for an increase in the minimum pay of regular employees, so that, for example, in the category up to 5 tons a driver will receive at least £16 10s.
With the acceptance of these proposals, the former provisions for £.2 per week increase on the statutory minimum fall-back pay of low-paid employees will be superseded.
The proposals are open to objection for 14 days from the date of their publication on June 30. If there are no such objections, or when any objections have been dealt with, the consolidated proposals will be put to the new Minister for Employment and Productivity for approval and for the setting of a commencement date.
The detailed wage figures in RH(93) are given in two stages, since for the first time they must take account of decimalization next February. The result is that, from February 15 next year, workers whose basic rate ends in 6d will gain a slight increase through the conversion.
For example, while a rate quoted in whole shillings converts conveniently without going to more than two places of decimals (e.g. 363s becomes £18.15), in other cases the 6d is rounded up; for example, 378s 6d becomes /18.93.