East Anglia: NFU to host meeting to help farmers adapt to life after the Agricultural Wages Board

Rachel Carrington, Suffolk county NFU adviser.

Rachel Carrington, Suffolk county NFU adviser. - Credit: Archant

Farmers will be able to find out more about adapting to life after the abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board at a breakfast briefing next month.

Experts from the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), legal panel firms Hewitsons and Tees Law, and Acas will be on hand at the NFU regional office, Newmarket on September 17 to set out what the changes mean and answer questions.

The Agricultural Wages Board (AWB) was abolished in June and from October 1 the Agricultural Wages Order, which governs terms and conditions of employment contracts within the agricultural industry, will also end.

NFU county adviser Rachel Carrington said: “We’ve consistently argued that the AWB is outdated.

“Its abolition is a welcome step but we also recognise it’s a major change for the industry, which is why we’ve arranged this meeting and also prepared other information and guidance.”

The NFU has produced a post-AWB Employer Information Pack to help employers during the transitional period and beyond.

The pack provides practical guidance and information about how the abolition of the AWB will affect businesses and covers the position in relation to both existing and new workers employed on or after 1 October 2013.

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Farmer and Grower members can order a hard copy of the pack via NFU CallFirst on 0870 845 8458 or email awb@nfu.org.uk.

The September 17 meeting starts at 8.30am and should last around two hours. NFU members can book by calling 01638 672100.