Pension Reform: Agricultural Workers Impacted



Government’s pension reforms will affect the agricultural industry

Government’s pension reforms will affect the agricultural industry

It is looking increasingly likely that negotiations involving the coalition government’s pension reforms will affect workers in the agricultural industry.

Those in agriculture feel the impact of pension reforms

The coalition government is facing accusations that suggest they will be forcing negative effects on the pension plans for around 52,000 workers in the agricultural industry in the UK.

Labour lays out criticism

The Labour Party, and in particular, the shadow environment secretary, Mary Creagh, has spoken out in criticism of recent reports of the coalition’s pension reform and the way in which it will impact agricultural workers.

According to Creagh, the House of Commons Library research, which details changes to pension plans, will include several damning factors when it is released in the coming days.

The research is expected to note that the salary threshold for gaining a pension will rise – a rise that will see some 15,000 workers lose their chance at a pension. Another point is likely to be that a three month waiting period will be introduced, meaning that workers must hold their job for three months before receiving the option of a pension. The three month waiting period will see temporary agricultural staff go without pensions as well.

Agricultural industry target

Crough went on to suggest that these particular alterations to the pension schemes will affect workers in the agricultural industry more than any others. She accused the Tories of failing their claim to be the “party of the countryside.”

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