GLAA supports new project to prevent exploitation in cleaning sector
15th February 2022
The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) will help deliver a new project aimed at preventing labour abuse in the cleaning sector.
Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX) will hold training sessions across the UK over the next two months with GLAA officers and local organisations to help cleaners build their understanding of key employment rights, risks and indicators of labour exploitation.
The sessions will also provide information for workers on how to access advice and support.
Participants will learn more about the GLAA’s role in preventing and tackling exploitation and there will be an opportunity to share any questions or concerns.
Online learning materials will accompany the sessions.
The project, launched by FLEX with the support of the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) and the East European Resource Centre (EERC), will aim to foster a mutual understanding between enforcement bodies and community groups.
LAWRS and EERC will launch an information campaign, via both digital platforms and physical outreach, targeted directly at cleaners from two groups – Eastern Europeans and Latin Americans – who make up a large proportion of the UK’s cleaning workforce.
The two specialist organisations will carry out an awareness-raising campaign tailored to workers from these communities, which will include resources about their rights and avenues to access support in various languages.
A recent FLEX report, based on 134 responses from cleaners, found that 61% had experienced problems with their pay, such as underpayment of wages, 60% reported working in dangerous conditions, and 86% experienced health issues related to their work.
GLAA Head of Prevention and Partnerships Frank Hanson said: “The GLAA is looking forward to working with FLEX and their partners as part of this innovative project. We hope it will build a better understanding of the working conditions experienced by cleaners, so that our activities and interventions can be more effective and timely in preventing labour abuse.”