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Say no to rural poverty - protect the Agricultural Wages Board

On Tuesday, our MPs have a vote on the Government’s plan to abolish the Agricultural Wages Board.

The AWB is the body that sets legal minimum rates of pay and conditions for 150,000 agricultural workers in England and Wales, and is used as a benchmark for thousands more.

Last month, in the House of Lords, the Government pushed through amendments that will completely scrap the AWB – and on Tuesday, our MPs get the final say on it.

The Agricultural Wages Board has existed since the First World War, to end rural poverty, and to provide protection for workers who live in precarious communities, where pay is low and the cost of living often high.

Scrapping the AWB will make pay and conditions worse for these workers, and create a race to the bottom in the industry – with farmers undercutting wages, as supermarkets pile on the pressure to cut production costs.

The government’s own figures estimate that farm workers will lose more than £258 million over 10 years in lost pay, sick pay and holiday entitlement. Millions of pounds will be taken away from rural families, communities, shops, businesses, and services.

Send our MPs a message that we want them to vote no to rural poverty, and no to scrapping the AWB.

Email your MP no: see the Unions Together site for the full post, email links and more information.

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