Issue date
13 Oct 2015

Date: Tuesday, 13 October 2015
Embargo: For immediate release

The government today (Tuesday) opened consultation on their proposals to tackle the exploitation of workers, including a new position of Director of Labour Market Enforcement.

Commenting on the new proposals, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“Better coordination between labour enforcement agencies could be helpful, but only if properly funded. There should be no hiding place for cheapskate bosses who try to cheat their workers out of their rights.

“The proposed Director of Labour Market Enforcement must have sufficient resources and a broad enough remit to ensure that all workers receive at least the national minimum wage and basic employment rights.”

Commenting specifically on the proposals to change the remit of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA), Frances O’Grady added:

“The GLA has played an important role in clamping down on rogue employers and has increased compliance with standards across the board. If the GLA remit is to be extended it must be given the money it needs.

“A weaker GLA risks the rights of workers in agriculture and the fresh food industry. We cannot have another Morecambe Bay tragedy.”

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