The AWB is an independent body whose statutory remit is to fix
minimum wages for workers employed in agriculture in England and
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
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.