In March 2020, FLEX and Fife Migrants’ Forum started a new piece of work together to understand and document the experiences of migrant agricultural workers in Angus, Fife, Kincardineshire and Perthshire. This work builds on FLEX’s previous work to understand the possible risks of the UK Government’s ‘seasonal workers pilot’ in agriculture.
What's happening to farm labour in the light of Brexit and COVID-19? And what might this mean for exploitation? This blog builds on FLEX previous work on the 'seasonal workers pilot' by exploring these questions and calling on government to ensure meaningful scrutiny of labour conditions in UK agriculture.
Today FLEX and the Labour Exploitation Advisory Group (LEAG)* publish the report ‘Opportunity Knocks: improving responses to labour exploitation with secure reporting’, along with a complementary executive summary.
FLEX publishes a new briefing examining the impact of the pandemic on labour exploitation. It finds it will raise the risk of exploitation for specific categories of workers who were already made more vulnerable to abuse by migration and social protection policies. FLEX provides clear recommendations to protect these workers and ensure modern slavery offences do not rise as a result of the virus.
FLEX comments on today's announcement of the 2019 NRM statistics.
Today, FLEX publishes a new report, Worker-Driven Social Responsibility: Exploring a New Model for Tackling Labour Abuse in Supply Chains. The report explores ‘worker-driven social responsibility’ (WSR) as a tool for ensuring decent work for outsourced, subcontracted and offshored workers and questions how it might work in different contexts.
For International Women’s Day, which takes place on Sunday 8th March 2020, FLEX highlights the need for new approaches to tackle sexual harassment and Gender-Based Violence at work.
Worker-driven social responsibility (WSR) is a new model for tackling labour abuse and exploitation in supply chains. Recognising its success in the US and elsewhere, FLEX has been scoping the adaptability of the model to the UK context. This research aims to provide useful insights on transferability of WSR to new contexts and sectors. Join us on 25th March 2020, together with the Worker-driven Social Responsibility Network, for a webinar to discuss our findings and the model more broadly.
This survey, designed with input from FLEX Peer Researchers, will help us understand how wide-ranging the problems uncovered so far are, and build up the robust evidence base needed to create labour market policies that truly work for workers, especially those most marginalised.
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