Agricultural Wages Board

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26 Apr 2013

The Government has delivered a bitter blow to the rural economy and to thousands of low paid farm workers.

Low paid rural workers will be worse off and £260 million will be taken out of village high streets over ten years, after the Government abolished the Agricultural Wages Board last week.

The Agricultural Wages Board protects fair pay levels for 152,000 fruit pickers and farm workers in England and Wales. Its abolition will affect 120 people in the Rother Valley.

The Government denied the House of Commons a chance to debate or vote on the decision, meaning democratically elected representatives did not even have an opportunity to vote against the abolition. The Opposition however secured a debate about the decision, which took place earlier this week, giving MPs the chance to voice their concerns about this important issue.