Wages fall for farm workers on Jersey

Farm workers are the only workers on Jersey to see their wages fall over the past year, according to latest figures from the States of Jersey, the island's government.

They show a drop in agricultural wages of 3.1 per cent compared with a 1.5 per cent rise for the island as a whole. But this still lags behind the three per cent cost of living increase over the period.

Rather than individuals' wages being cut, Jersey Farmers Union president Graham Le Lay said: "Over the past two or three years, many high earners in the industry are no longer employed. That has come about largely because of the glasshouse industry going into decline. Previously there were at least 30 tomato growers and flower nurseries supplying UK supermarkets."


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