cockling on a North Wales beach were visited by officials yesterday and warned of the need to obtain a permit from April.
A FORMER employment agency worker who helped an illegal gangmaster
exploit dozens of vulnerable foreign workers has been jailed.
TWO employment agency workers allowed the exploitation of vulnerable eastern European workers living in Liverpool who were under the control of a gangmaster
, a court has heard.
Ian Waterfield, director of operations at the Gangmasters
and Labour Abuse Authority, described them as "two ruthless opportunists spotting a chance to make a quick and substantial profit by preying on vulnerable workers".
"These vulnerable people were being exploited by illegal gangmasters
, not just through low wages but also forcing them to live in appalling accommodation, illegally holding on to their passports, meaning they had control of their movements.
"They happen anywhere." The latest tactic used by so-called "gangmasters
" is to lure people to the North East with the promise of a better life.
Licensing Authority, who regulate the supply of labour gangs, said criminal exploitation of workers peaks in spring and throughout summer into autumn.
The trial of a cockle fisherman charged with acting as a gangmaster
is expected to be held in January of next year.
"If you are paying below the market price for people you have got to be asking 'Where are these people from?'" It comes as the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) and the Gangmaster
Licensing Authority (GLA) are cracking down on labour exploitation across England and Wales.
Labour providers are agencies that supply temporary workers to meet seasonal and market demand - sometimes called "gangmasters
MIDLAND employers who plan to take on more staff for next year's Olympic and Paralympic Games have been urged to check the credentials of their "gangmasters