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Increase in pay for agricultural workers

The Agricultural Wages Board (AWB) for Northern Ireland has announced proposed changes to pay for agricultural workers.

Following a meeting on 18 January 2013, the AWB proposes to increase existing minimum rates for agricultural workers across all grades by 2% from 6 April 2013.

The proposed new rates are:

Minimum Rate, applicable for the first 40 weeks cumulative employment – £6.35 per hour.

Grade 2 – Standard worker – £6.65 per hour

Grade 3 – Lead worker – £7.30 per hour

Grade 4 – Craft Grade – £7.84 per hour

Grade 5 – Supervisory Grade – £8.31 per hour

Grade 6 – Farm Management Grade – £8.99 per hour

The Board will meet again on 8 March 2013 to make an Order to introduce the new rates which would come into operation on 6 April 2013.

Any objections to the above proposals should be sent by Registered Post to: The Secretary, Agricultural Wages Board, Room 916, Dundonald House, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 3SB, to arrive on or before 28 February 2013.

The Definitions for the grades and the qualifications required for each grade are available on the DARD website or by contacting the Agricultural Wages Secretariat, Room 910, Dundonald House, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 3SB (Tel: 028 9052 4872 or Fax: 028 9052 4266).

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