Discussions under way to abolish Agricultural Wages Board and bring agricultural workers within the National Minimum WageWednesday, October 6th, 2010
In its published evidence to the Low Pay Commission, the Government has commented on its proposals to abolish the Agricultural Wages Board for England and Wales. It considers that the current system of setting separate rates for agricultural workers is out-dated; it duplicates the NMW and adds an unnecessary regulatory burden for the agriculture and horticulture industries.
Discussions between the relevant Departments are at an early stage. The National Minimum Wage Act 1998 and other related legislation will have to be amended to remove any reference to the Board and the Agricultural Wages Act 1948. This will happen simultaneously with the abolition of the Board, with the necessary legislative changes being introduced by means of the Government’s Public Bodies (Reform) Bill.