As a result of the recent allegations of labour exploitation, unsafe working conditions and illegal employer practices in the textiles industry in Leicester, a multi-agency taskforce led by the Gangmasters Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) has been set up.
The Taskforce based in Leicester brings together the enforcement bodies to continue work to secure robust intelligence to enable appropriate enforcement activity. Membership includes: Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs- National Minimum Wage; Employment Agencies Standards Inspectorate; Leicestershire Police; National Crime Agency; Health and Safety Executive, Leicester City Council; Department for Work and Pensions; Public Health England, Leicester Fire and Rescue Service and Immigration Enforcement.
The Taskforce has clear operational and strategic deliverables which include coordinating a multi-agency approach to enforcement activity, the gathering and sharing of intelligence and wider community engagement aimed at encouraging reporting and helping raise awareness of workers’ rights. The Taskforce want to ensure that the community and those affected have the confidence to report their concerns.
There are encouraging early signs that compliance with employment law has improved, and the Taskforce will continue to monitor progress.
The GLAA encourages anyone with information on this issue to contact them. You can call 0800 432 0804 to report your concerns in confidence. Lines are open Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm, you can leave a message outside of these hours. This is a freephone number, although some mobile service providers may charge
You can also contact the GLAA by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.