Trade Boards Act 1918

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The Trade Boards Act 1918 (c 32) was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that heavily shaped the post-World War I system of UK labour law, particularly regarding collective bargaining and the establishment of minimum wages. It was the result of the second of five Whitley Committee reports.[1]


The 1918 extended the piecemeal system for tackling sweated labour begun under the Trade Boards Act 1909. The Second Reading took place on 17 June 1918.[2] It received Royal Assent on 8 August 1918.


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  1. ^ (1918) Cd 9002
  2. ^ Hansard HC Deb 17 June 1918 vol 107 col 61