Monday, 17 March 2008 12:00 AM
Welcoming the latest strike against abusive employers in food and agriculture by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, Jack Dromey, Deputy General Secretary of the UK's biggest union, Unite, said:
"Providers of temporary labour, agencies and gangmasters, should be licensed and, if they seriously abuse workers, lose their licence and go out of business. These latest raids demonstrate, that with the GLA in agriculture, this is what happens - worker abuse is rooted out and reputable employers are protected from the undercutting rogues.
"But now we need to see workers in sectors beyond food and farming benefit from the same protection. Gangmasters do not respect business boundaries - from hotels to building sites, they operate wherever they can supply labour, and so must licensing. It is time that the GLA's reach and worker protection were extended across the economy."
The GLA-organised raids targeted labour providers in the flower, plant and bulb industry around Spalding and Boston, carried out by GLA officers in the run up to Mothers Day and Easter.
For further information contact Pauline Doyle, Unite, on 07976 832 861
For further information about the GLA raids contact 0115 900 8963/07825 797130
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