MP calls on Government to deal with ‘slavery in supply chains’

Langrick Village Show and Flower Festival. Margaret and Warwick Gorse reseiving the Bast Kept Front Garden cup from MP Matt Warman. EMN-150709-103707001
Langrick Village Show and Flower Festival. Margaret and Warwick Gorse reseiving the Bast Kept Front Garden cup from MP Matt Warman. EMN-150709-103707001

The MP for Boston and Skegness has called on Government to reveal its plans to ‘prevent businesses exploiting migrant workers’.

MP Matt Warman raised the agricultural working conditions of those working working in Lincolnshire’s agriculture during the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Questions in the House of Commons.

He asked what steps the Minister for Skills Nick Boles was taking to prevent businesses exploiting migrant workers, adding: “Lincolnshire produces some of the finest food in the country, but some of its workers are affected by the issues under discussion.

“Does he agree that it should be as much down to supermarkets and consumers to make sure that everyone knows that the food we eat is produced in humane conditions?”

Mr Boles did agree with Matt and said it was importante of supermarkets and other traders being transparent about their work.

He said: “We are creating a director of labour market enforcement. This will strengthen our ability to find and stop exploitative employers, such as the 41 businesses in my hon. Friend’s constituency who have had their gangmasters’ licences refused or revoked.”

He added that any kind of slavery or labour exploitation should be nowhere in the supply chain, and if exploitation is discovered, gangmasters’ licenses will be refused or revoked.

Following the meeting Mr Warman said he was liasing with supermarket chiefs and the Anti-Slavery Commissioner Kevin Hyland to raise awareness of issues such as modern slavery in supply chains.

What do you think? Comment below or on our Facebook Page or email daniel.jaines@jpress.co.uk.