Scottish AWBto stay despite union protests

1 September 2000

Scottish AWBto stay despite union protests

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

Scottish NFU leaders claimed the body which sets minimum wages for farmworkers has served its purpose and should be abolished.

Body of law

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

This includes the Minimum Wage and Working Time Regulations and Employment Rights Act 1996 as well as 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.

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