Employee Relations: Volume 39 Issue 6


The International Journal

Table of contents - Special Issue: Low pay and the living wage – an international perspective

Guest Editors: Peter Prowse, Ray Fells, James Arrowsmith, Jane Parker, Ana Lopes

The toxic politicising of the National Minimum Wage

William Brown

After 15 years of successful operation, the British Low Pay Commission’s management of the National Minimum Wage was threatened in 2015 by the government’s introduction…


The UK living wage: A trade union perspective

Paul John Sellers

The purpose of this paper is to explore the value that UK trade unions now place on the living wage.


The Living Wage campaign in the UK

Edmund Heery, Deborah Hann, David Nash

This paper presents an account of the UK campaign for the voluntary Living Wage, an example of civil regulation. The purpose of this paper is to identify and characterize…


Contemporary UK wage floors and the calculation of a living wage

Donald Hirsch

The purpose of this paper is to describe how the voluntary living wage (LW) in the UK is set. It examines how this calculation relates to contemporary approaches to…


Community and union-led Living Wage campaigns

Peter Prowse, Ana Lopes, Ray Fells

The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate different approaches to effective campaigning in support of the Living Wage and so this paper contributes to the broader debate…


Implementing the living wage in UK local government

Mathew Johnson

The purpose of this paper is to understand the impact of living wages on organisational pay systems.


A new living contract: cases in the implementation of the Living Wage by British SME retailers

Andrea Werner, Ming Lim

The purpose of this paper is to provide evidence for the motivations of SMEs for introducing the Living Wage (LW), focussing on retail as one specific sector. It develops…


Living wages: a US perspective

Stephanie Luce

The purpose of this paper is to provide background on the US living wage movement, with particular attention to recent victories, and also the ways in which the US…


The living wage as an income range for decent work and life

Christian Yao, Jane Parker, James Arrowsmith, Stuart C. Carr

A “living” wage (LW) is conventionally defined as enabling meaningful participation in society above subsistence through, for example, recreation, supporting a family, and…


Living hours under pressure: flexibility loopholes in the Danish IR-model

Anna Ilsøe, Trine Pernille Larsen, Jonas Felbo-Kolding

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effect of part-time work on absolute wages. The empirical focus is wages and working hours in three selected sectors within…


In search of a living wage in Southeast Asia

Michele Ford, Michael Gillan

Debates over the definition, processes and outcomes of minimum and “living” wages are heated and often politically contentious in garment-producing countries…

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