Food and farming sector unites to tackle labour exploitation

Migrant labourers - imag:USDAgov
Migrant labourers - imag:USDAgov

Food and farming industry bodies have joined forces to tackle human trafficking, forced labour and other forms of migrant worker exploitation in a new initiative named Stronger Together.

Developed by the Association of Labour Providers (ALP), the Gangmasters Licensing Authority and charity Migrant Help with sponsorship from five UK food retailers, it aims to equip employers in the industry to recognise and tackle worker exploitation.

Free materials, including best practice guidance and a toolkit containing multi-language workplace posters and worker leaflets, will be available through the Stronger Together website.

Interactive workshops across the UK will also aim to help over 1000 farms, food producers and labour providers understand their responsibilities and how to tackle the problem.

In 2012, 29 per cent of cases of labour exploitation reported to the UK Human Trafficking Centre occurred within the food processing and agricultural sectors.

ALP director David Camp said: "Although we've set up this initiative to target hidden labour exploitation in the food and agriculture industries, we look forward to sharing the good practice developed with other industry sectors facing similar issues."

The British Growers Association, the Food & Drink Federation and the British Retail Consortium are also supporting the initiative. 

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