The president of the Liberal Democrats, Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron will be lobbied on Friday (12 April), as Unite intensifies its campaign in the run-up to MPs voting on the future of the Agricultural Wages Board.
Unite activists will be driving home their message for the Agricultural Wages Board’s retention, which protects the incomes of 150,000 agricultural workers, of which there are about 3,300 in Cumbria.
On Friday, Unite members will be lobbying Tim Farron's constituency surgery on the government plans to abolish the Agricultural Wages Board which, Unite, the largest union in the country, warns will bring poverty wages to the countryside.
Unite members and supporters will gather at Hallgarth Community Centre, Kendal LA9 5AU at 16:00.
Unite national officer for agriculture Julia Long said: “Tim Farron is being lobbied as he is president of the Liberal Democrats that could scupper this retrograde step being promoted by their coalition partners.
“The crunch vote on the Agricultural Wages Board is 16 April – when MPs vote on whether to maintain the board which has been effective in the last 65 years in protecting the incomes of some of the lowest paid workers in the country.
“Unite will be campaigning strongly in the run-up to the vote to retain the Agricultural Wages Board. Supermarkets and the growers, who supply them, are behind the Agricultural Wages Board’s abolition proposal as they want to drive down workers’ wages to poverty levels.”
Unite is lobbying intensively in the run-up to Tuesday 16 April, when MPs will vote on a government amendment to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform bill. The union has said that 60 per cent of responses to the government’s consultation on the Agricultural Wages Board’s future were in favour of its retention.
For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
- 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.