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GLA Closes Agency

A GLA investigation has uncovered illegal activity by a Preston gangmaster whosupplied workers including a number of illegal workers to the pet food industry.
The licence of Voluntary People Limited, the gangmaster business that supplied the workers, has been revoked. They must now stop supplying workers to the GLA regulated sector or face prosecution.
There was no appeal made against the GLA decision.
Both men and women were working on the pet food production line and records kept by the gangmaster showed that no checks to confirm their right to work in the UK had been made. Records suggested the workers were from Brazil, Bulgaria, Portugal, Poland and the Czech Republic.
Allegations include:
Voluntary People Limited had subcontracted workers from an unlicensed
gangmaster in Poland
At least two workers supplied by Voluntary People were not legally entitled to work in the UK.
Workers were charged for Personal Protective Equipment used to carry out
their job
There was no evidence that workers had agreed to deductions from their pay for Personal Protective Equipment and clock cards.
Paul Whitehouse, Chairman of the GLA said: We are determined to catch the rogue gangmasters, this time it is not the food on your plate but the food in the bowl of your pet that has been processed by an exploited worker
We shall continue to protect the rights of workers and ensure that all gangmaster businesses meet basic legal requirements. You can not hide from us, you can not avoid us. We are determined to route out the rogues.


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