Article 15(9).


Preliminary inquiries and notices

1.—(1) Before making an order under Article 15 a wages council shall make such inquiries as it thinks fit and shall—

(a)publish in the prescribed manner notice of any rate or limit which the council proposes to fix under paragraph (1) of that Article (whether for the first time or in substitution for any existing rate or limit); and

(b)give the prescribed notice for the purpose of informing, so far as practicable, all persons affected by the council’s proposals, stating the place where copies of the proposals may be obtained and the period within which written representations with respect to the proposals may be sent to the council, being a period of not less than 28 days beginning with the date of publication of the notice.

(2) Once the council has considered any written representations made with respect to the proposals within the period referred to in sub-paragraph (1)(b) and made any further inquiries which the council considers necessary, or once that period has ended without any such representations being so made, the council may—

(a)make an order under Article 15 giving effect to the proposals; or

(b)make such an order giving effect to the proposals with such modifications as the council thinks fit having regard to any such representations.

(3) Sub-paragraph (2)(b) is without prejudice to Article 15(6).

Publication of notice of making of order

2.  As soon as a wages council has made an order under Article 15 it shall publish in the prescribed manner notice of the making and contents of the order and shall then and subsequently so publish notice of such other matters affecting the operation of the order as may be prescribed.

Coming into operation of orders

3.—(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2), any such order shall come into force on such date as may be specified in the order, being a date falling not less than 28 days after the date when it is made.

(2) Where—

(a)any such order applies to any worker whose remuneration is paid at intervals not exceeding seven days, and

(b)the date specified by virtue of sub-paragraph (1) does not correspond with the beginning of any period for which his remuneration is so paid, the order shall have effect in relation to that worker as from the beginning of the next such period following the date so specified.

Proof of orders

4.  A document purporting to be a copy of an order made by a council under Article 15 and to be signed by the secretary of the council shall be taken to be a true copy of the order unless the contrary is proved.