Food industry and gangmasters accused of exploiting migrant workers
Tue, 15 May 2012
A new study accuses gangmasters and the food industry of exploiting migrant workers and infringing their employment rights.
The study by campaign group the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found evidence that some employers are “infringing many rights”.
Based on interviews with economic migrants from many nationalities who are working as farm labourers in the food processing and packaging industries, or in small fast-food businesses, the study reveals:
- Some migrants living and working “under threatening and inhumane conditions for little or no pay”
- Illegal deductions from wages
- No proper breaks
- Employees are given just enough work to meet a debt to the gangmaster that recruited them