Unite Wales welcomes agricultural sector bill

Unite welcomes Welsh government moves to legislate in the interest of rural workers and agriculture in Wales

02 July 2013

Unite, the union representing rural workers in Wales, has welcomed Welsh government moves to bring forward emergency legislation to secure the future of agricultural workers in Wales.

Members of the National Assembly for Wales will today (2 July) debate the Welsh government motion for the proposed Agricultural Sector (Wales) bill to be treated as a government emergency bill.

Unite Wales secretary Andy Richards said: “The Welsh government move to bring forward legislation to preserve the pre-existing level of statutory protection for agricultural workers in Wales in light of the UK government bringing down the axe on the Agricultural Wages Board is extremely welcome news for both workers and agriculture in Wales as whole.

"Our members working across the rural and agricultural sector call on all Assembly members to support them and the future of agriculture by supporting this bill.”

Unite responded in favour of legislating to maintain the functions of the Agricultural Wages Board in Wales to the recent Welsh government consultation on ‘The future of the Agricultural Wages Board’.

Unite has sat as the workers representative on the Agricultural Wages Board for England and Wales and has long fought its proposed abolition by the UK government.


For further information contact Unite Wales co-ordinator Hannah Blythyn on 07980 237694.

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.