Unite, the largest union in the UK, has welcomed today’s (30 April) announcement by the Welsh Government to go forward with a consultation to consider options for setting up an Agricultural Wages Board (AWB) in Wales.
The Welsh Government has taken this step in light of their UK coalition counterpart’s refusal to roll back on its attack on rural workers with the abolition of the AWB for England and Wales.
Unite Wales Secretary, Andy Richards said:
“Unite welcomes the Welsh Government’s ongoing commitment to the well being and future of rural workers in Wales.
Following on from today’s statement in the Senedd and the ensuing consultation, we look forward to working together under the principles of social partnership to ensure the best deal for rural workers and rural Wales.”
Unite national officer for agriculture Julia Long said:
"The Welsh Government has shown the way in their policy approach towards agricultural workers and the broader rural community in Wales.
This is in stark contrast to the retrograde policies of the coalition government in London, which at the behest of profit-hungry supermarkets and big growers, abolished the Agricultural Wages Board. The AWB provided income protection for agricultural workers for more than 60 years and now deep-grained rural poverty is a real probability in England.”
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.
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