The relationship between a wage and labour


Wages and labour make up the relationship between an individual and an employer, where the individual is paid a wage for the hours of labour that they provide. In a sense the employer rents the employee’s services for a period of time. Depending on your definition of labour, it can be different from other methods of employment because of the type of work associated with the term (usually manual or physical work) and the often relatively short term of the employment contracts.

From a legal standpoint, there is no specific definition or legislation that deals with wages and labour. In fact, the employment contracts of labourers vary significantly depending on the experience of the employee, the industry and the location. Each employment contract can give rise to different legal issues which are associated with other types of employment.

Wage labour may be associated, from a historical point of view, with slavery and forced labour. This is due to the fact that there is no requirement for the consideration (the wage) to be in the form of currency. Providing shelter and food are also accepted by law as long as those are the terms agreed upon by the employer and the employee. Prior to the development of civil rights the employee’s consent was not always necessary and so forced labour, where the employer would house the workers, would be associated with wage labour.

If you have a dispute relating to wages and labour, it is important to find out what your rights and obligations are as soon as possible. Understanding the law associated with your employment contract is crucial to successfully resolving any employment dispute.

If you would like to obtain legal advice on wages and labour, Contact Law can put you in touch with a local Employment Solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local Employment Solicitors please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.

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