World War II 1939–1945

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The 1940 inquiry into the basic wage was adjourned and not finalised until 1950.  It stressed the ‘capacity to pay principle’, with the ‘needs principle’ also considered.  In 1950 the Court increased the basic wage by 20 shillings, additional to a 7 shilling interim increase in 1946.  It also increased the female basic wage to 75 per cent of the male basic wage, and merged ‘prosperity loadings’ with the basic wage[1]


[1] Basic Wage Inquiry 1940 (1940) 44 CAR 41; Basic Wage Inquiry 1950 (1950) 68 CAR 698