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Scottish Agricultural Wages Board - Consultation

Scottish Agricultural Wages Board - Consultation

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

ISBN: 9781785443787

The Scottish Agricultural Wages Board is an executive Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) established under the Agricultural Wages (Scotland) Act 1949. The functions of NDPB’s are normally reviewed periodically. The last review involving the SAWB was conducted in 2008. The current review was announced as part of the Scottish Government’s 2011 Agricultural Manifesto. This made a commitment to review the function of the SAWB during the current parliament

Executive Summary

The purpose of this consultation paper is to seek views on whether:

a) the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB) should continue, as it does now, to set minimum rates of pay and certain other conditions for agricultural workers in Scotland and, if so, how this might be done; or

b) the SAWB should be retained as an advisory body only, giving the Scottish Government the discretion to fix minimum wage rates and other conditions based on advice given by the SAWB; or

c) to remove all existing arrangements for agricultural workers leaving their pay and conditions to be determined under general employment law.