Although launched last year, The Land Workers’ Alliance (LWA), the newest UK farming union has now launched its manifesto at the alternative Real Farming Conference in Oxford.
The document sets out the LWA’s demands ahead of the next general election, including: the need for a progressive national food policy; a more equal distribution of CAP resources; and support for new entrants to the industry.
LWA spokesperson Ed Hamer said, “This manifesto gives a voice to a growing number of UK farmers who feel their views are not represented by established farming unions. Every single one of the recommendations we are calling for in this document can be achieved within the existing framework of the Common Agricultural Policy. All that is lacking is the political will within the UK government to support small-scale producers and ensure their livelihoods are not undermined by political bias.”
The LWA is a coalition of producers meaning that membership is open to anyone who is actively involved in food, fuel or fibre production and it is a member of La Via Campesina, the international peasant farmers union.