Leading experts on labour exploitation, Focus on Labour Exploitation, today welcome the appointment of Prof. Sir David Metcalf CBE as the UK’s first Director of Labour Market Enforcement. FLEX supports the appointment of a candidate with strong grounding in the challenges faced by low paid and vulnerable workers in the UK. FLEX also welcomes Sir David’s strong experience engaging charities, trade unions and migrant community representatives in his work at both the Migration Advisory Committee and the Low Pay Commission.
FLEX looks forward to a fruitful relationship with Sir David and his office to address our common priorities, namely:
FLEX has consistently called for more proactive labour inspections and adequate resources that enable inspectorates to prevent exploitation to protect low paid and vulnerable workers. Labour inspection is key in the prevention of trafficking for labour exploitation and forced labour.
Notes to Editors
1. Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX) works to end trafficking for labour exploitation. To achieve this FLEX promotes responses to trafficking for labour exploitation that are rights-based, victim-centred and founded on prevention rather than cure. See www.labourexploitation.org
2. For more information on proactive labour inspections read FLEX’s policy blueprint Combatting Labour Exploitation through Labour Inspection.