We are delighted to announce that Jamie Pudney and Sophie Atkinson have been approved as Gangmasters on behalf of Aspire Cambridge.
The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority works in partnership to protect vulnerable and exploited workers.
The GLAA are a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) governed by an independent Board made up of a chair and six members, who were recruited for their respective knowledge, experience and skills. Their role is to protect vulnerable and exploited workers. Through the intelligence received from inspections, the public, industry and other government departments, they investigate reports of worker exploitation and illegal activity such as human trafficking, forced labour and illegal labour provision, as well as offences under the National Minimum Wage and Employment Agencies Acts.
The GLAA investigate all aspects of labour exploitation in England and Wales but also work with partner organisations such as the police, the National Crime Agency and other government law enforcement agencies to target, dismantle and disrupt serious and organised crime across the UK.
Their licensing scheme regulates businesses who provide workers to the fresh produce supply chain and horticulture industry, to make sure they meet the employment standards required by law.
An employment agency, labour provider or gangmaster who provides workers to the sectors listed below, will need a GLAA licence:
- Shellfish gathering
- Any associated processing and packaging
How does the licensing scheme work?
Labour providers are assessed to check they meet the GLAA licensing standards which cover health and safety, accommodation, pay, transport and training. The GLAA check that they are fit to hold a licence and that tax, National Insurance and VAT regulations are met.
A labour provider must have a GLAA licence to work in the regulated sectors, it is a criminal offence to supply workers without a licence or use an unlicensed labour provider
What are the benefits of licensing?
- Workers receive fair treatment, the pay, benefits and conditions they are entitled to.
Labour providers are not undercut by those who pay less than the minimum wage or avoid tax. Industry standards are raised.
Labour users can check their workers come from a legitimate provider and are informed if their labour provider’s licence is revoked.
Consumers can be assured that their food has been picked and packed in an ethical environment. Illegal activities which lead to a loss of public revenue – income tax, VAT and NI – are reduced.
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