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Rural Community To 'Suffer' As 1,300 Farm Workers In South Lose Protection

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9:14am 27th April 2013

More than 1,300 fruit pickers and farm workers in South and West Dorset are to lose the protection of the Agricultural Wages Board.

It's to be abolished in October now that the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill has received Royal Assent.

Currently the AWB guarantees grade 1 basic trainees earn at least two pence a week above the national minimum wage and grade 6  farm managers no less than £ 9.40 per week

Shadow Environment Secretary Mary Creagh says the whole rural economy will suffer and the deficit could rise with more workers having to claim benefits.

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