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Two year ban for revoked Spalding gangmaster

Two year ban for revoked Spalding gangmaster
A Lincolnshire gangmaster has had his licence revoked after misleading the GLA and breaching a variety of licensing standards including illegal deductions, and breaching minimum wage requirements.

Mr Nuno Moitinho, the Director of Soma Recruitment Ltd has also been declared as not fit and proper to hold a GLA licence and under the GLA standards introduced in April 2009 now faces a two year ban from acting as a gangmaster.

When inspecting the business GLA officers found:
 Mr Moitinho claimed he did not provide accommodation to workers, when records clearly showed that he did
 He had failed to declare a past conviction
 He had fallen into arrears with VAT payments
 Transport deductions took pay below national minimum wage levels
 Accommodation charges were twice the level set for minimum wage workers and reduced wages below minimum wage levels
 Vehicles used to transport workers were not correctly insured.

Soma Recruitment Ltd did appeal against the GLA decision but their case was dismissed.

Mr J. Blackwell, the Appointed Person who heard the appeal against the GLA decision, said:
This is an appeal with which I have little sympathy. The appellants explanations have, at times, been inconsistent and have been less than frank

Paul Whitehouse Chairman of the GLA said:
The law is there to protect workers and to ensure business requirements are met. These are basic rules that the vast majority of gangmasters have no problem with.
Those who break or bend the rules need to be dealt with to ensure that legitimate businesses do not suffer. We will no longer tolerate gangmasters whose licence is revoked and reapply - Mr Moitinho will have to wait at least two years before he can reapply, and then we shall look very carefully at him.

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