Friday, 1 February 2013

Justice For Farm Workers - No To Rural Poverty - Frome - Somerset

Lobby of David Heath MP’s constituency surgery at the main public library in Frome at 10.30am Saturday 2nd February 2013

The address of the library is Justice Lane, Frome BA11 1BE.

“The reason that we are targeting David Heath MP (LibDem) is that despite supporting the AWB when he was in opposition, he is now as farming minister leading the government’s campaign to abolish the Board.

The issue – 

Farm and horticultural workers will see their wages and conditions dramatically reduced under government plans to abolish the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB) this year. 

Highly qualified and skilled workers will see their pay reduced from a maximum of £10.06 per hour (depending on qualifications and responsibility) to the national minimum wage of £6.19. Overtime rates will disappear, holidays reduced and sick pay will be a thing of the past. 

Protection in their tied homes will be reduced and rents will increase. These are isolated and vulnerable workers and need our help.”