Gangmaster loses licence

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority has revoked the licence of a gangmaster that supplied workers to pick leeks for Emmett UK in south Lincolnshire after 18 people were found crammed into a four-bedroom house.

"The action was taken as a result of serious concerns over the safety of workers, following allegations of unsafe accommodation and an injury to a worker."
A14 Vehicle Hire, based in Kettering, must stop supplying workers to GLA-regulated industries or face prosecution under the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004.
Allegations included workers housed in overcrowded and unsafe homes, one of which accommodated 15 adults and three children in four bedrooms.
GLA chairman Paul Whitehouse said: "This was a scandalous set-up with no regard for the individuals who suffered. It takes one brave worker to contact us, we can do the rest."
The GLA said the company was owned by Manjinder Kaur, who could not be contacted. It is not known if A14 Vehicle Hire will appeal against the decision. Emmett did not comment.
More than 1,200 gangmasters are now licensed to operate legally in the UK, and the
GLA has revoked 77 licences.


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