Let’s see the evidence, says NCA in response to Oxfam claim that care workers are being abused
The charity Oxfam is calling for the remit of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) to be extended to care workers. The GLA was set up in 2004 to regulate labour in the agriculture, forestry, horticulture, shellfish gathering and food packaging industries, but now Kate Wareing, Oxfam’s director of UK Poverty, has said that care home workers recruited by gangmasters are also open to abuse.
‘Gangmasters are now moving into poorly controlled sectors and we are seeing that abuse is rife in care homes and other areas,’ said Ms Wareing. ‘The Government urgently needs to extend rules to curb gangmasters’ abuse where workers have little or no protection.’
According to Oxfam, migrant workers now make up 20% of care workers in care homes. Oxfam also says that it is not uncommon for these care workers to do almost 100 hours a week. Oxfam says that what it calls ‘debt bondage’ is also common, with workers paying ï¿½2000 to get a job in the UK and then having to repayï¿½