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Friday, 25 January 2013

Agricultural Wages Board - has the axe been axed?

Save the AWB protestors outside the Oxford Farming Conference

The House of Lords Grand Committee voted on amendment 28ZK to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform bill on 16 January. That was an amendment to the effect that the Agricultural Wages Board for England and Wales should be abolished.

At Grand Committee Stage, unanimity is needed before alterations to bills are made. The Grand Commitee were not unanimous in relation to the amendment. Indeed there were numerous voices raised against the proposal to abolish the AWB during a lively debate.

Is that the end of the road for the Government's plans to abolish the AWB?

No, it isn't. There will be a further chance to amend the bill when it reaches report stage in a few weeks time.

Watch this space for news.

In the meantime, if you have any questions at all about the implications for your farm businesses of a change in the regulatory framework that governs the employment of farm workers, please do give Phil Cookson a call on 01733 898970.


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