Low-paid left at risk by abolition

The abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board will be damaging to the industry, All-Party Parliamentary Gardening & Horticulture Group (APPGHG) secretary Brian Donohoe has warned.

Commenting on Defra's latest set of cuts, Donohoe said: "People on the lowest wages will suffer. I find it bizarre that they would do anything like that given the length of time it's been there.

"It will have a very bad effect and people will not be attracted to the industry because wages are a factor. In the long term, it will be counterproductive." He said the industry needed to adopt better pay conditions to ensure a high-quality product and a high level of work.

The APPGHG and industry representatives will meet with environment secretary Caroline Spelman in October to discuss industry concerns such as hosepipe bans, training and research.


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