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Farmer Prosecuted for using Unlicensed Gangmaster

Farmer Prosecuted for using Unlicensed Gangmaster

David Leslie Fruits Limited, a soft fruits farmer in Scones of Lethendy, Perth, has been prosecuted for using an unlicensed gangmaster.

After pleading guilty today in Perth Sheriff Court, David Leslie Fruits Limited has been sentenced to pay a fine of 500.

The prosecution was the result of Gangmasters Licensing Authority investigation which uncovered that an unlicensed business in Bulgaria had supplied 250 Bulgarian workers to pick strawberries at the farm in the Summer of 2008. All the workers left the farm after the GLAs action, with most going home to Bulgaria. The GLA investigation was conducted with Tayside Police and other Government enforcement agencies.

David Leslie Fruits Limited is the first labour user to be prosecuted under the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act.

Paul Whitehouse, GLA Chairman, said: David Leslie Fruits Limited have paid the price for using an illegal gangmaster. This prosecution sends a warning to all farmers who are tempted to use unlicensed labour providers whether they are in this country or abroad.

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