GLAA prevents woman illegally supplying workers to agencies

Investigators from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) have used legal powers to prevent a Romanian woman from supplying workers without a licence.

The agency announced in a prepared statement on Thursday [20 August] that the 32-year-old living in Bridgwater, Somerset was served with a Labour Market Enforcement Undertaking (LMEU) after attempting to provide up to 30 workers to two recruitment agencies in Somerset and Devon. The woman’s name was not released.

The undertakings are imposed to prevent further non-compliance when someone breaches the law, and feature a signed agreement to comply with the GLAA and its rules.

In this case, there was no indication of modern slavery or labour exploitation, the agency said. However, GLAA senior investigating officer Andy Davies said: “There were clear concerns about the number of workers involved. If we find evidence that our licensing scheme is not being followed, either deliberately or more simply through ignorance of the legislation, we will not hesitate to take appropriate action.”

The signed LMEU will remain in place for one year. If it is breached, the GLAA can take further action and apply for a Labour Market Enforcement Order (LMEO), which can lead to a prosecution.

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