Rural workers have been left to rot for too long - the butt of public service cutbacks and a weak ministry. We have been pushed around between EU programmes, gangmasters, big farmers, monopoly retailers and a government of and for millionaires.

The countryside charter aims to change rural Britain. Drawn up by the activists behind the Country Standard journal, the charter is a unity call to rural activists.

• Restore the Agricultural Wages Board

• Restore the Commission for Rural Development

• Unite to save local schools, post and health services - build housing

• Break with EU Common Agricultural Policy

• Extend the Gangmaster’s Act

• Tax super profits of the giant food retailers

• THE LAND TO THOSE WHO WORK IT!