Workforce is committed to tackling the scourge of modern slavery by becoming an official partner of national Government-backed initiative Stronger Together. Stronger Together was set up to stamp out exploitation of workers and human trafficking – you can find out more about them on the Stronger Together website.
The team from Workforce are trained to ask the right questions at interview stage and spot the signs that a candidate may have been brought to the UK and exploited by ruthless gang masters.
Paul Alekna, Workforce’s CEO said: “Modern day slavery is a strain on the conscience of the nation and has no place in Britain.
“People are being lured here with the promise of a better life and then denied the basic rights of workers and citizens, such as the minimum wage. The team at Workforce, led by our branch operations director Trudy Harding have done a brilliant job of improving our systems and processes so that we have done everything within our power to stop this happening.”
Trudy Harding added: “We conduct full face to face interviews at registration and we will only work with employers who are as committed as we are to ensuring gang masters cannot profit from their crime. We have worked with Stronger Together for the past two years and have stepped up our commitment by becoming a Partner in this business-led initiative.
“We will not stand for any modern slavery behaviours or acts and will continue to work closely with the police to report anything which is suspicious. Gang masters are known to exploit workers, often migrants, by setting up and then controlling their bank accounts, syphoning off money they are owed for work.”
Workforce staff across all branches in Worcestershire, Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry and the Black Country, have been trained to spot the signs of exploited workers, including those who wear the same clothes day in and day out, those who change address and bank accounts regularly or those with such poor English they are vulnerable to being duped.
Stronger Together is a multi-stakeholder business-led initiative aiming to reduce modern slavery particularly forced labour, labour trafficking and other hidden third-party exploitation of workers. It provides guidance, training, resources and a network for employers, labour providers, workers and their representatives to work together to reduce exploitation.
You can read more about our work to stamp out modern-slavery on this blog post.