"Worst ever" labour supplier kept trading for nine months

A West Midlands labour supplier to allium growers had its licence revoked at appeal after earlier being given "the worst inspection result ever" by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA).

An employment judge upheld the GLA decision made in January to revoke the licence of Lloyds Management of Oldbury, describing director Prem Singh Johal as having "little grasp of what is required" to run his business.

GLA chief executive Paul Broadbent said the case provided clear evidence to support revision of current regulations.

"In this case, the company whose licence we revoked did nothing but seek to delay the appeal hearing, thus allowing them to continue to trade and make money," he said.

"It was a perfect example of how the current appeals process can be abused."

Lloyds Management was originally found to have failed seven critical and seven non-critical standards, including on health and safety, yielding the highest ever score from a GLA inspection.


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