Agricultural Wages Board Is Abolished

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13 Sep 2010

It was very disappointing to hear of the Government’s recent decision to abolish the Agricultural Wages Board. This is an unjustified attack on some of our lowest paid workers who do an essential job in one of the most dangerous industries.

For almost a century successive governments have used the Agricultural Wages Board to regulate fair wages and conditions for farm workers, it is an organisation that works and it costs the taxpayer nothing. At the moment this small body helps protect around 140,000 agricultural workers in England, and around 120 in the Rother Valley.

At the heart of Britain’s biggest manufacturing industry, the food production sector, farming needs more skilled workers. Instead the Government is encouraging employers to join a race to the bottom on pay that will see skilled workers turn their back on the industry.

This is a cut that even Mrs Thatcher did not dare go ahead with.