Joint Briefing - Immigration Bill, Business, Trade Union and NGO

December, 2015

As a coalition of business representatives, trade unions and NGOs, we welcome the government’s commitment to tackling labour market exploitation.In advance of discussions by the House of Lords on the Committee Stage of the Immigration Bill on 18 January, we set out a number of points on Part 1: Labour Market Enforcement:

1. Reforms of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) licensing regime should not weaken GLA licensing standards or reduce application and compliance inspections that protect vulnerable workers;

2. An expanded role for the GLA should be matched by additional resources;

3. The Director of Labour Market Enforcement set out in the Bill must be required to engage with key stakeholders. 

This briefing is a joint publication from: The Association of Labour Providers; the British Retail Consortium; The Ethical Trading Initiative; Focus on Labour Exploitation; The Institute for Human Rights and Business; and The Trade Union Congress.