Grower set to call for pay freeze

Agricultural Wages Board (AWB) NFU ornamentals representative Derek Jarman will ask for a pay freeze and no increase in benefits for horticulture workers when the NFU and union Unite meet in May to thrash out new salaries.

Worcestershire-based Hayloft Plants owner Jarman said: "Commodity prices are down but horticulture is suffering from bad weather and reduced consumer spend. I will ask for a pay freeze." Unite, the NFU and AWB will meet in the week commencing 18 May. Unite has demanded:

- A fair, substantial pay increase that closes the historic gap in pay between agriculture and other sectors of the economy. This should build on past achievements.

- A pension scheme for the sectors covered by the Agricultural Wages Order (AWO).

- An increase in holiday entitlement by one day (standard AWO days increased to four days).

- Premium rate of double time on Sundays (or second day of rest) and bank holidays.

- A substantial rise in the birth or adoption grant for each child.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

How will the fresh-produce growing season pan out with less labour?

How will the fresh-produce growing season pan out with less labour?

The new fresh-produce season is around the corner and Brexit just over a year away, yet the Government has still given no indication that it will enable seasonal workers to come to the UK in the volumes the sector requires, either in this season or any other.

What recent developments can help growers fight orchard pests and diseases?

What recent developments can help growers fight orchard pests and diseases?

Last week's British Independent Fruit Growers Association Technical Day (31 January), heard about the latest research in orchard pests and diseases and how to deal with them.

Is a move away from plastic produce packaging now inevitable?

Is a move away from plastic produce packaging now inevitable?

A tipping point has been reached in the attitude of retailers and the Government to waste plastic which is likely to affect suppliers' future packaging options.