The union claimed six per cent before the negotiations but on the day Unite started at 4.4 per cent. It is also asking for six per cent for English and Welsh-based workers, with no other claims such as more pay for overtime and more holidays.
Unite in Scotland also wanted double time on Sundays and adoption grant but failed to get them. NFUS offered 2.5 per cent with no extras. The groups settled at three per cent headline and 2.8 per cent up to six months. This will mean £5.96 an hour. The national minimum wage is £5.93.
NFU senior legal adviser James Potter said: "We will be arguing for wage restraint." Ian Waddell has replaced Chris Kaufman as Unite lead negotiator.