Abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board

If you employ agricultural workers, you will be interested to know that the government abolished the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB). The abolition of the AWB took effect on 25 June 2013, subject to transitional provisions running until 1 October 2013.

As you may be aware, the AWB set minimum wages and other minimum terms and conditions for agricultural workers and updated these annually by issuing a revised Agricultural Wages Order (AWO). This regulatory framework will disappear with the abolition of the AWB.

The government’s view is that it is not right to continue to provide special protection for agricultural workers over and above the legal protections afforded to workers in other sectors of the economy…

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