There the job of politicians is evidently to improve enforcement of the minimum wage and to crack down on gangmasters.
The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, which oversees England and Wales, has put out a video highlighting signs to look out for.
Polish or Slovakian men are brought to the UK with the offer of employment and, after arrival, gangmasters seize documents, opening multiple bank and utility accounts in their names – but refuse to handover access to the accounts or bank cards.
Simon Blackburn, who chairs the LGA's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said: "The despicable crime of modern slavery is a rising threat to our communities and can destroy the lives of vulnerable people working in fear of physical violence from ruthless gangmasters.
With harsh working conditions, violent gangmasters and squalid lodgings, the irony is that they seek the dull quotidian that eats away at Manon.
“If the price of goods or services seem too good to be true, they probably are,” the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority states, in its Archers-inspired awareness drive.
“Last weekend I drove past a car wash that was offering washes for £2.99,” says Darryl Dixon, the director of strategy at the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).
The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) is scrutinising the treatment of workers in carwashes, construction, textile manufacture, cleaning and warehouse operations.
It has powers to ensure that licence-holding gangmasters operate legally in terms of wages, tax and holiday pay as well as providing good-quality transport, accommodation and safety equipment.
The owners of this factory were eventually cowed as word spread of a sharp increase in activity by bodies such as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).
Under the existing system, he said, several public bodies – including HM Revenue & Customs, the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority – are each responsible for policing small parts of the labour market.
He will be devising a new strategy on how three bodies – the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate (EAS) and HM Revenue and Custom’s national minimum wage enforcement team – share information and work together.
Paul Broadbent, the chief executive of the GLAA – which changed its name from the Gangmasters Licensing Authority after extending its remit in May this year – said the group had taken on 50 more investigators, bringing the total to 125, in order to monitor more activities.
According to a report by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, which regulates firms that supply agricultural workers, the most exploitative industry in Wales is shellfish picking, and in the past three years the nationality most commonly taken advantage of there is Sudanese.
“We are deeply concerned by the appalling reports of illegal and unsafe working conditions for garment workers in Leicester, and will ensure perpetrators face the full force of the law if evidence comes to light through the work of our new specialist taskforce, led by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority.”
The deputy mayor also defended Sir Peter’s record in tackling non-compliance within the textiles supply chain, pointing to the establishment of a local programme that, since September 2018, has worked alongside a number of national enforcement bodies – including the Home Office’s Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority.
A company spokesperson referred us to a recent statement from Boohoo's CEO John Lyttle announcing its supply chain review and to a press release from the UK's Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), which said that it has not yet found any evidence of modern slavery offenses at Leicester factories in its early investigations.
In a report on the scope of his new job Metcalf trumpeted more effective deterrents as he set out his “strategic priorities” for the three government enforcement agencies within his remit: HMRC’s national minimum wage (NMW) enforcement team, the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) and the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate (EAS).
Of the 1,260 people identified as a potential victims by police forces between June and September 2019, more than one in four (27 per cent) weren’t referred to the NRM, with the figure standing at 28 per cent (297) for UK Visas and Immigration, 45 per cent (60) for UK Border Force and 81 per cent (17) for the Gangmasters Licensing and Labour Abuse Authority, the UK’s agency for labour exploitation.
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Of the 1260 people identified as a potential victims by police forces between June and September 2019 more than one in four 27 per cent werent referred to the NRM with the figure standing at 28 per cent 297 for UK Visas and Immigration 45 per cent 60 for UK Border Force and 81 per cent 17 for the Gangmasters Licensing and Labour Abuse Authority the UKs agency for labour exploitation