Wage board warning to economy of Cornwall
Scrapping a board that protects pay and conditions for farm labourers will damage the Cornish economy, a former Labour minister has warned.
Lord Paul Myners of Truro, ex-Labour City minister and former Marks & Spencer chairman, said Government plans to axe the Agricultural Wages Board were a precursor to more attacks on the "weakest and poorest".
The Cornwall-raised peer also hit out at the Duchy's three Liberal Democrat MPs – forecasting they will back the legislation in Westminster while making a "staunch defence" of rural economies while in their constituencies.
Ministers argue the board is out-dated and farmer workers are today protected by modern employment laws and the minimum wage.
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But Lord Myners said the "unpalatable proposal... provides a Trojan horse for further attacks on the weakest and poorest in our economy."
Cornwall Lib Dem MP Stephen Gilbert responded: "It's typical of Labour to defend bureaucracy and spin inaccurate scare stories but Lord Myners is setting a new low in doing both at once."