Agricultural Wages Board demo at Parliament today

On the day when MPs will decide the fate of the Agricultural Wages Board, rural workers are planning a demonstration outside Parliament.

Rural workers plan to lobby MPs outside parliament - image: Unite
Rural workers plan to lobby MPs outside parliament - image: Unite

They plan to lobby MPs in a bid to persuade them to back their campaign to maintain the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB).
 
Unite national officer Cath Speight said: "According to the Government’s own estimates, returning back to the statutory sick and annual leave payments alone, could potentially take over £9 million a year out of workers' pockets.
 
"This will be very unwelcome news to many of our members, who are already struggling to survive in the face of rising costs and higher food prices. Many have already been told by employers that should the AWB be abolished, their wages will be forced down - this is unacceptable and we can not allow this to happen."
 
"During this present climate, where people are worried about food production, food security and food supplies, it is astonishing that this government has chosen to attack the very workers who we rely on to maintain supplies and production."
 


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