The Government’s new draft Slavery and Human Trafficking (Definition of Victim) Regulations narrow the definition of a victim of trafficking and modern slavery, reducing the chances that victims will be identified.
FLEX is piloting a worker-informed human rights due diligence framework for service sector supply chains. This project will utilise meaningful worker-engagement methods to ensure that workers are at the front and centre in identifying risks and developing solutions to the issues that affect them. This will contribute to the efforts to prevent labour abuse and exploitation amongst outsourced workers in high-risk sectors.
In this guest blog for FLEX, Chris Williams, UK Fisheries Lead at the International Transport Workers Federation, discusses ITF’s recent briefing on the exploitation of migrant workers in the UK fishing industry through the use of transit visas, and what can be done to improve conditions for migrant fishers.
To commemorate International Domestic Workers’ Day 2022, Phoebe Dimacali, Chairperson of the Filipino Domestic Workers Association (FDWA-UK), reflects on her experiences as a domestic worker in the UK and how accessing rights was possible because of the original Overseas Domestic Worker visa, the devastating impact of the changes to the immigration rules made by the UK government 10 years ago, and the fight to restore the rights of domestic workers.
FLEX is pleased to announce our involvement in an important new research project which will explore the scale and nature of labour market non-compliance in the UK, with a particular focus on precarious work. The research will result in the first representative assessment of the extent of labour abuses faced by precarious workers in the UK, as well as providing in-depth evidence of workers’ and employers’ experiences of these issues.
FLEX has started working on a new research and outreach project that aims to build evidence for the need to make temporary work schemes in agriculture safer and fairer for migrant workers in the UK.
Survivors of trafficking and modern slavery should not have to be means tested to qualify for legal aid, states a coalition of trafficking and legal experts.
By Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX) and the Latin American Women's Rights Service (LAWRS)
In this guest blog for FLEX, Naeema Ahmed (MBA), Network Manager for the UK BME Anti-Slavery Network (BASNET), highlights the particular vulnerabilities faced by victims and survivors of trafficking from ethnic minority communities and BASNET's work
The Seasonal Worker visa is a short term work visa which allows visa holders to enter the UK for 6 months in any 12 month period to work in agriculture or horticulture. As part of the UK’s response to the invasion of Ukraine,
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