Huw Irranca-Davies MP, Labour’s Shadow Farming Minister, responding to the amendment tabled in the House of Lords to abolish the Agricultural Wages Board, said:
“It is typical that the Government sneaked out this announcement just hours before Parliament shuts down for Christmas, ignoring the strong views against abolition expressed in the consultation, and with no regard to the will of the Welsh Government. The Government admits that the abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board will take £240 million out of the pockets of farm workers over the next ten years.
“David Cameron’s out of touch government has delivered a bitter blow to the rural economy just before Christmas and to thousands of low-paid farm workers who will be worried about their pay falling. People in the countryside need a One Nation plan to create jobs and growth, not this Government’s approach that leaves our lowest paid workers out of pocket.”