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 and Rural Development. The Ulster Farmers’ Union and Unite appoint their own representatives to the Board.
|Name||Position on Board||Where they come from|
|Mr Rodger McKnight||Chair||Co. Antrim|
|Ms Patricia O'Callaghan||Independent||Co. Down|
|Ms Joanne McWilliams||Unite||Co. Armagh|
|Mr Ronnie Corbett||Unite||Co. Tyrone|
|Mr Brian Hewitt||Unite||Co. Down|
|Mr John Anderson||Unite||Co. Antrim|
|Mr Peter McCrea||Unite||Co. Tyrone|
|Mr Harry McBride||Unite||Co. Londonderry|
|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||Co. Londonderry|
All Members of the Board can claim for attendance at meetings, travel to meetings and child or dependent care, as follows:
|Position||Rate per meeting|
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.
Minutes of Board meetings and Press releases
Information for Agricultural workers
- AWB current terms and conditions of employments, wages, etc
- AWB - Agricultural rates of pay, orders and reports
- Contact details for the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB) and how to make a complaint
- Migrant workers and Home Office schemes
Information in other languages