Saturday 1 August 2009

Calls to extend Gangmasters Act

Gangmasters are still putting workers' lives at risk and abuse is rife on building sites, in hotels and care homes, Oxfam has warned.

Oxfam said migrant workers are being exploited by the individuals and agencies who organise the supply of labour to employers by paying them well below the minimum wage and failing to adhere to health and safety legislation.

Workers also face bullying, harassment and physical violence as the gangmasters move into poorly controlled sectors such as care homes, hospitality and construction, Oxfam's report said. Full story in The Herald. Oxfam's report: Turning the Tide.

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