Two more fresh produce labour suppliers lose licence

Migrant farm labourers - image: USDAgov
Migrant farm labourers - image: USDAgov

Two labour suppliers to the fresh produce industry have had their licences revoked after unsuccessful appeals against decisions by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA).

Derby-based United Recruitment Services, which supplies workers to growers in Lincolnshire, was found to have employed numerous illegal immigrants using false passports, among a total of 11 breaches of licensing standards.

Its managing director Chander Shekhar Guru appealed against an earlier GLA revocation, allowing him to continue trading in the intervening time, but the revocation was upheld by a tribunal last week.

Meanwhile Shenky of Wolverhampton, run by Shorish Hamza, has also lost its appeal against losing its licence in April, when the GLA found it had sent six agricultural workers to a Worcestershire mushroom farm for 20 consecutive days, among "a string of other problems".

Under Working Time Regulations, employers must give workers at least one day off in every seven.

None of the five appeals against GLA revocations so far this year has been successful, according to the GLA.

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