How we can help
The GLA is an organisation set up to protect you and other workers like you from exploitation.
Our licensing scheme regulates businesses who provide workers to the fresh produce supply chain.
We make sure that the businesses who supply workers (labour providers, gangmasters or agencies) and the businesses who need workers (labour users, farmers, packhouses, factories) meet the employment standards that are required by UK law.
All businesses who hold a current licence are listed online on the GLA Public Register.
Which sectors are covered by a GLA Licence?
A wide range of sectors are covered by the licensing scheme:
- fish processing
- gathering shellfish
- dairy farming
- the packaging or processing of any fresh produce - food, drinks and flowers.
So if your labour provider supplies workers to any of these sectors they will require a gangmasters licence. If they do not have one they are committing a criminal offence that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
Watch our video below about Bartos - an exploited worker helped by the GLA
There is no immediate impact for workers in the UK from the decision to leave the EU. Workers from other EU countries continue to enjoy full freedom of movement in the UK labour market, and equal employment law rights, with other UK workers. Any infringement of those rights, or discriminatory practices, may constitute worker exploitation. Such issues should be reported to the GLA. Any future impacts to the rights of migrant workers will be published on this website.
Find out more...
Which activities need a licence: The sectors covered by the GLA
Who has a GLA licence: Check the public register to see which labour providers are licensed
The licensing standards: The conditions that must be met to qualify for a licence