Industrial Action and the Payment of Wages

K. D. Ewing

in The Right to Strike

Published in print February 1991 | ISBN: 9780198254393
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681486 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs on Labour Law

Industrial Action and the Payment of Wages

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This chapter pays attention to the controversial question of the payment of wages during industrial action. One of the reasons workers have for taking such action rather than going on an all-out strike is the belief that the right to wages and salaries will be preserved. The discussion examines whether this belief is justified. It notes that employers are free to withhold wages or unilaterally to make deductions from wages when faced with less than full performance by employees taking industrial action short of a strike, regardless of the circumstances giving rise to the dispute and an individual employee's conduct. The courts have thus given the employers enormous power, particularly with the vulnerability of employees who take legal action to enforce rights under their contracts of employment.

Keywords: common law response; Truck Acts; partial performance; Wiluszynki; partial payment

Chapter.  9426 words. 

Subjects: Employment and Labour Law

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