17 February 1998
Minister challenged on minimum wage

THE first victims of a £3.60 minimum wage would be people in the farming industry, according to Scottish Conservative Party chairman Raymond Robertson.

He has challenged the Governments minimum wage policy, which he claimed in a letter to Scottish agriculture minister Lord Sewel was a threat to rural jobs. He said farm workers would be the first to lose their jobs as landowners struggled to make a livelihood out of agriculture.

  • The Scotsman 17/02/98 page 28