Scots dismay as wages board stays

23 August 2000

Scots dismay as wages board stays

By FWi staff

SCOTTISH farmers leaders have reacted with dismay and concern to news that the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board is to be retained.

National Farmers Union of Scotland leaders claim the body which sets minimum wages for farm workers has served its purpose and should be abolished.

John Smith, chairman of the unions legal and technical committee, argues that there is a wide body of general employment law to protect all workers.

This includes the Minimum Wage and Working Time Regulations and the Employment Rights Act 1996 and the Employment Relations Act 1999.

“Farmers already recognise the need to offer good employment deals to attract and retain the workforce necessary for modern agriculture, said Mr Brown.

Despite its opposition, the NFUS will continue to represent employers in future annual negotiations within the board.

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