MPs voted without a debate to scrap the last of the wages boards on Tuesday of last week. The Agricultural Wages Board is now set to be abolished on 1 October.
It regulates the pay and conditions of 150,000 farm workers, and the housing rights of the 60,000 agricultural workers who live in accommodation provided by their employers.
Wages boards were set up in the 1940s at the same time as the NHS and nationalised industries. They were a target for Margaret Thatcher’s attacks.