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Not here for the weather: Ensuring safe and fair conditions on the UK’s Seasonal Worker Scheme

June 2024

Making the Seasonal Worker Scheme safer and fairer. Report three.

This new FLEX report, the final one in a series of three, is based on research conducted over 17 months in partnership with Rosmini, CASL and SEEAC.

This report looks into working and living conditions on the scheme and reveals the extent of systemic risks of labour exploitation on UK farms, where workers face issues such as underpayment, punishingly high picking targets, constant exhaustion, humiliation, bullying, overcrowded and unsafe accommodation, limited ability to take sick leave and issues accessing basic healthcare.

The first report in this series, ‘Bearing fruit: Making recruitment fairer for migrant workers’ looked at recruitment related risks associated with the seasonal worker scheme. The second report, ‘Bound to work: Improving access to redress on the UK’s Seasonal Worker Scheme‘ looks into the barriers workers face in accessing redress and a fair transfer system.

The executive summary and full report are available below