UK takes further action to prevent forced labour
On 22 January 2006 the Minister for Preventing Abuse and Exploitation, Karen Bradley, ratified a legally binding international agreement. The agreement set out action needed to tackle forced labour and punish perpetrators.
The purpose of the ratification was to further the Government’s commitment to protect UK workers from exploitation. The UK was the third country in the world to sign up to the international commitment with the ILO, including Niger and Norway.
The ratification continues the Government’s commitment to tackle forced labour which it is also seeking to tackle through the Immigration Bill. The Immigration Bill introduces the new role of Director of Labour Market Enforcement. The Director will develop a national strategy to address work exploitation in the UK as well as produce proposals that will enhance the powers and remit of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority to tackle exploitation of workers.
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