Views sought on future of Scottish agricultural wages board

The Scottish government is looking for opinions on the future of the country’s agricultural wages board.

The body, which sets employment rules such as minimum pay and holiday, was last reviewed in 2008.

Views are being sought on whether the board should carry on as it is, remain as an advisory body or be removed, leaving agriculture with standard employment laws.

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Scotland’s cabinet secretary for rural affairs Richard Lochhead said the legislation had to be reviewed periodically to make sure it was delivering the right rates of pay and working conditions.

“It is absolutely imperative that workers are paid a fair wage for the job that they do,” he said.

“I urge everyone with an interest in agricultural pay and conditions to submit their views before the consultation closes.”

The consultation can be found online.

Views must be submitted by 31 July.

The UK government abolished the Agricultural Wages Board for England and Wales in October 2013.

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