Gangmaster inspectors check former SAWS farms for compliance

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) last week contacted or visited more than 300 fruit and vegetable farms which previously used the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS), to find out where they now source labour from.

Seasonal labour - image:Donna Sutton
Seasonal labour - image:Donna Sutton

GLA chief executive Paul Broadbent said: "It was important for the GLA to get a handle on who had filled this substantial number of temporary posts and to make sure no unlicensed labour providers had moved in."

He added that the response from farmers had been "very positive, enlightening and helpful", and that the GLA will shortly issue a full report based on its findings.

SAWS ended on 31 December last year following the relaxation of the immigration laws that permitted Romanian and Bulgarians to work legally in the UK.

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