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Sutton LBC Labour member Joseph Magee is the new independent member of the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB) for Engla...
Sutton LBC Labour member Joseph Magee is the new independent member of the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB) for England and Wales.

The AWB is an independent body whose statutory remit is to fix

minimum wages for workers employed in agriculture in England and

Wales. The board has discretionary powers to fix holiday entitlement

and pay, sick pay and other terms and conditions of employment.

Mr Magee is Sutton LBC's lead spokesman on finance, the environment, and leisure and

community partnerships.

He is also a member of the ACAS panel of arbitrators for unfair dismissal and flexible working hours cases and a member of the ACAS panel of independent experts on equal pay. He runs an employment and transport consultancy and is an adviser on air traffic issues.


The AWB has 16 representative members and up to five independent

members, including the chairman. Eight members representing

agricultural workers are nominated by the Rural Agricultural and

Allied Workers' Trade Group of the Transport and General Workers'

Union. Eight members representing employers are nominated by the

National Farmers' Union. The five independent members are nominated

jointly by the secretary of state for environment, food and rural

affairs and the Welsh Assembly Government.

The chairman and independent members of the AWB must have no

commercial interest in agriculture or connection with employers of

agricultural labour or agricultural workers.

Mr Magee is paid£154 per day plus a reading allowance of£39. His appointment will run until 21 May 2007.

He holds no other ministerial appointment.

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no

part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the

original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for an

appointee's political activity (if any declared) to be made public.

Mr Magee declared political activity as:

1999 to date : chair of local Labour Party branch.

2000 to date: chair of local government committee.

June 2001: Labour candidate in local council election.

May 2002: Labour candidate local election.

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