Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority

Posted 05.12.18

We had an extremely interesting talk at our October meeting from Steve Knight from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority.  

They are a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) governed by an independent Board made up of a chair and six members, who were recruited for their respective knowledge, experience and skills.

They are attached to the Home Office and work in partnership to protect vulnerable and exploited workers.

Their  aim will be achieved by: 

  • Preventing worker exploitation
  • Protecting vulnerable people
  • Tackling unlicensed/criminal activity and ensuring those licensed operate within the law

 The 6 strategic objectives which will ensure they meet their aim and priorities are:

  • Target, dismantle and disrupt serious and organised crime/early identification of human trafficking
  • Provide effective, meaningful engagement with stakeholders thereby enhancing reputation
  • Work with industry to recognise and address non-compliance without formal GLAA intervention
  • Tackle tax evasion, health and safety negligence, fraud, breaches of employment and other law/regulations
  • Maintain credible licensing scheme creating level playing field and promoting growth
  • Identify and tackle forced/bonded labour by licensed and unlicensed gangmasters

An illegal gangmaster will take money and basic rights off the worker thereby trapping him in a cycle of working and handing over his money and being unable to move on or even leaving the Country if they wanted to as their passports are taken off them by the gangmasters.

Landlords can be vigilant with their tenants and look for signs that they could be controlled by an unlicensed gangmaster.    Signs to look for include:

  • Always someone with them
  • Someone always wants to speak on their behalf
  • General appearance
  • No identity documents

If it doesn’t look right it probably isn’t and if you are concerned you can speak to Gangmasters on their hotline on 0800 432 0804