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REGULATED OCCUPATIONS   123

In connection with the employment of girls and women, we may call attention here to The Minimum Wage -Ict passed in 1920, under which the Minimum Wage Board was created for regulating the minimum wages to be paid to women and girls. This board has made numerous orders respecting different industries, and has collected a vast amount of interesting and useful material. The board not only fixes the minimum wage, but under an amendment made in 1922, is authorized to fix the maximum number of hours to which that wage is to apply. The Act does not profess, of course, to say what rate of wages shall be paid. The rate fixed is the minimum wage for a particular locality and a particular trade. The board serves without remuneration except an honorarium to cover loss of time and expenses in attending meetings. It was the result of an agitation which has been going on for many years for some provision to secure the payment of adequate wages to girls and women, particularly those employed in certain branches of trade and manufacture. Under existing industrial conditions some legislation of this


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