Farm pay to be deregulated
Friday 15 July 1994
The decision to denounce International Labour Organisation Conventions 99 and 101 - announced without fanfare in a Commons written reply - is certain to pave the way for the abolition of the Agricultural Wages Boards, which set basic UK standards.
Gavin Strang, shadow agriculture minister, said the move was a 'shocking attack on some of the lowest-paid (minimum pounds 145.09 per week) workers in the land'. He added: 'It is a terrible indictment of our low-wage, high-exploitation economy that the Government refused to meet the same standards as countries like Colombia, Malawi and Papua New Guinea.'
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