Report sets out GLAA role in tackling exploitation of workers
9th May 2018
A new report recommending tougher financial penalties for employers who exploit their workers has emphasised the importance of the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) and other government enforcement agencies in tackling labour exploitation.
The independent report by Director of Labour Market Enforcement Sir David Metcalf published today (Wednesday 9 May 2018) sets out 37 recommendations to help stop the exploitation of the UK’s lowest paid workers.
They include enforcing holiday pay, locally or regionally piloting licensing of hand car washes and nail bars, which have been identified as sectors at risk of labour exploitation, and making it the law that employers must provide a payslip for all workers
GLAA interim chief executive Roger Bannister said: “Sir David Metcalf’s strategy is a valuable contribution to the wider debate of how labour exploitation is tackled because it looks in detail at the work of the three enforcement bodies; ourselves, HMRC’s National Minimum Wage unit and the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate (EAS).”
Sir David Metcalf said: “This strategy sets out how we can toughen up enforcement activity to protect vulnerable workers and ensure that good, compliant firms are not undercut by unscrupulous competitors.”