Belfast Telegraph

Farm workers' wages to rise by 4.3%

By Michael Drake
22 January 2005

Northern Ireland's farm workers are in line to get a 4.3% wage rise.

The proposal from the Agricultural Wages Board for Northern Ireland will, if ratified, come into operation early in April.

The board wants to increase existing minimum rates of pay for workers in all age groups by this amount.

For those aged 19 and over it will mean a wage of £207 for a five-day, 39-hour week.

This will equate to an hourly rate of £5.31 and an overtime payment of £7.96 per hour.

At the bottom end of the age scale those aged 15 and under will receive £103.50 a week.

The board will meet again next month to consider any objections to the proposal.

No other changes to working conditions are proposed.

The board, which was set up in 1977, comprises six members of the Amalgamated Transport and General Workers Union, six members of the Ulster Farmers Union and three members who were appointed by the Department of Agriculture.

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