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GLAA dawn raid nabs suspected gangmaster in South Wales

A man has been arrested on suspicion of labour exploitation offences after an investigation by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) in South Wales.

Legislation/Regulation 9 October 2018

GLAA introduces new licensing standards from October

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) is to introduce new licensing standards to better protect vulnerable and exploited workers at the start of next month.

Legislation/Regulation 21 September 2018

Migration recommendations offer ‘mixed’ bag for recruiters

The latest Brexit migration recommendations represent a “mixed” bag for recruiters – making it easier to place skilled candidates but also resulting in rising costs for their clients.

Legislation/Regulation 19 September 2018

Government plans for fruit and veg workers slammed

A government initiative to enable fruit and vegetable growers to recruit non-EU migrants as seasonal workers post-Brexit has been slammed as “too little, too late”.

Man jailed for gangmaster offences in Northern Ireland

A man has been jailed after being convicted of gangmaster offences in Northern Ireland.

24 August 2018

GLAA investigations convict three in Northern Ireland

Three Lithuanian men have been convicted of gangmaster offences in Northern Ireland.

Legislation/Regulation 21 August 2018

Director supplying farm labourers banned for failing to pay NMW

A director of a company supplying farm labourers has been banned for seven years for repeatedly failing to pay workers the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

Recruiters can’t be picky about finding workers for British farms

As recruiters warn they won’t be able to source enough workers needed by British farmers to pick their fruit and vegetables, Recruiter caught up with a soft fruit picking business whose fears around labour shortages last year were realised.

EASI remit could tackle labour exploitation at umbrella and intermediary firms

The Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate could have its remit extended to tackle labour exploitation at umbrella companies and intermediaries.

GLAA hits back at labour exploitation with new powers

New powers given to the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) have already seen positive results following the authority’s extended remit.

Settled status for EU workers good for UK plc

Recruiters have welcomed government plans granting EU workers “settled status” post-Brexit as good for UK plc and for the hiring of talent into the recruitment sector itself.

Legislation/Regulation 26 June 2017

Fruit growers could go out of business due to labour shortages

The director of a soft fruits supplier has asked the government to allow seasonal fruit pickers from the EU an easier ride into the UK or see firms like his go out of business.

Nottingham man jailed for forced labour and human trafficking

A Nottingham landlord has been sentenced to eight years in prison after admitting human trafficking, two counts of forced labour and fraud at Nottingham Crown Court earlier this month.

Chinese students flock to Australia to plug gap in China’s wine industry

Chinese students are heading to South Australia to study winemaking to plug a talent winemaking shortage in China’s own wine industry.

Emerging talent 22 May 2017

Recruitment director fined for supplying workers without licence

A Somerset businesswoman has been fined a total of £4k after admitting supplying workers to a fish processing plant without the necessary gangmaster licence.

Temporary workforce 12 May 2017

GLA joins joint operation to prevent illegal shellfish practices

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) has taken part in a multi-agency enforcement operation into illegal shellfish operations in the Lochaber area in the Highlands of Scotland.

Legislation/Regulation 18 November 2016

TRS Personnel loses GLA licence after chopping workers’ pay

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) has stripped a Shropshire gangmaster of his GLA licence after inspectors found his company was systematically ‘skimming’ workers’ pay, resulting in employees receiving less than the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

Ipswich seeks prickly recruit

A charity in Ipswich may have caused a spike in the recruitment market after sending out calls for a particularly prickly character to take on a special role in the Suffolk town.

In-house recruitment 5 July 2016

Slovak brothers convicted of trafficking within the UK

Two brothers, found to have exploited fellow Slovak nationals living in the Medway towns in Kent, have been sentenced to six years each in prison.

Mother and daughter banned for breaching GLA regulations

A mother and daughter have been disqualified from acting as directors for breaching gangmasters regulations.

Bardsey Island launches new recruitment drive

Bardsey Island off the coast of North-West Wales has launched a new recruitment drive, this time for an information and volunteer officer.

In-house recruitment 17 March 2016

Digging the scene: farmer wanted for Tristan da Cunha

If you have an agriculturally astute candidate who wants the quiet life, then the government of Tristan da Cunha, one of the world’s most remote inhabited islands, is on the lookout for a UK-experienced farmer to advise on livestock and agriculture.

In-house recruitment 21 January 2016

Fijian workers claim maltreatment by Australian labour firm

Fijian farm labourers employed through the Australian government’s Seasonal Worker Programme have claimed slave-like employment conditions, including being underpaid, underfed, denied medical access and verbally abused.

Legislation/Regulation 18 December 2015

Pizza Hut offers apprenticeship scheme

Pizza Hut UK has launched an apprenticeship schemes and is set to recruit 1,500 apprentices over the next five years.

Judge upholds GLA’s decision to take licence from Roberto Mac

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority’s (GLA) decision to take the licence from a Cambridgeshire gangmaster has been backed by an appeal court judge.

Legislation/Regulation 4 December 2015

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