McLeod urges participation in consultation on Agricultural Wages Board

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The views of people involved in agriculture across the South of Scotland are being sought on the future of the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board.

The Board is empowered to set minimum pay rates, holiday entitlement and certain other conditions of service for agricultural workers in Scotland, and Orders made by the Board have the force of law.

In a formal consultation launched this week the Scottish Government is asking whether the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board should:

• continue as it does now;

• be retained as an advisory body; or

• be removed so that arrangements for agricultural workers are determined under general employment law

Aileen said: “It is vital that workers are paid a fair wage for the job that they do.

“The legislation governing the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board specifies that its function must be reviewed periodically in order to ensure that it is delivering appropriate minimum rates of pay and other conditions of service for agricultural workers in Scotland.

“I urge everyone in the region with an interest in agricultural pay and conditions to submit their views before the consultation closes on July 31, 2015.”