Agricultural Wages Board for Northern Ireland (AWB)

Information on the composition of and work of the Agricultural Wages Board for Northern Ireland (AWB).

Composition of the Board

The Agricultural Wages Board for Northern Ireland is a statutory body which meets three times a year, to determine the minimum gross wages payable to agricultural workers and to set some conditions for holiday and sick pay entitlement.  

The Board is made up of 1 Chairperson, 2 Independent Members, 6 Members from Unite to represent employees and 6 Members from the Ulster Farmers' Union to represent employers.

The Chair and two Independent Members are appointed by the Minister of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.  These Independent Members can be appointed for a maximum of two terms, with each term lasting for a three year period.  The Ulster Farmers Union and Unite appoint their own representatives to the Board.

Name Positon Where they come from Date of Initial Appointment Expiry of current appointment
Mr Rodger McKnight Chair Co. Antrim 1 January 2014 31 May 2020
Ms Patricia O'Callaghan Independent Co. Down 1 April 2015 31 March 2023
Vacant Independent NA    
Ms Joanne McWilliams Unite Lead Co. Armagh    
Mr Ronnie Corbett Unite Co. Tyrone    
Mr Brian Hewitt Unite Co. Down    
Mr Phil Nelson Unite Co. Down    
Mr Peter McCrea Unite Co. Tyrone    
Mr Keith Reynolds Unite Co. Down    
Mr Wilbert Mayne UFU Co. Tyrone    
Mr Crosby Cleland UFU Co. Down    
Mr Thomas Douglas UFU Co. Tyrone    
Mr Chris Osborne UFU Co. Down    
Mr Roy Lyttle UFU Co. Down    
Mr Robert McCloy UFU Lead Co. Londonderry    

 

Remuneration

All Members of the Board can claim for attendance at meetings, travel to meetings and child or dependent care, as follows:

Attendance

Position Rate per meeting
Chair £276.00
Independent Member £142.00
Ordinary Member £26.32

Travel Expenses

Members are entitled to claim reimbursement of travel expenses for attendance at Board meetings at the Northern Ireland Civil Service mileage rates.

Child & Dependant Care

Members are entitled to claim reimbursement of expenses due to child or dependent care for attendance at Board meetings at a reasonable rate.

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