Thursday, 3 January 2013

County Councillor Glen Sanderson

Why does the Conservative Chair of Northumberland County Council Communities and Place Scrutiny Committee, refuse to allow an ‘emergency item on the disgraceful abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board’ on the agenda for the next meeting?
The Tories and their Lib Dem handmaidens sneaked through the abolition of the AWB, 2 hours before parliament broke for the Christmas recess.
It’s estimated that this will remove £240m from the rural economy over the next 10 years and will result in a ‘race to the bottom’ for agricultural workers.
Northumberland has hundreds of workers in the farming and forestry industries who will be hit by the scrapping of a board which has protected some of the lowest paid workers since 1924.
The abolition of the AWB will save the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition only £50,000 and will mean that agricultural workers will need to negotiate their contracts directly with farm owners.
Unite; the trade union have highlighted that wages as low as £2.59p per hour could be ‘negotiated’.
WHY WON’T THE TORIES DISCUSS THIS MATTER AND WHY CAN’T THEY DEFEND THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT DECISION TO ERODE WORKERS RIGHTS?

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