Romanian Gangmaster operating in the Shellfish Industry on the Isle of Skye sentenced
14th June 2012
On 11 June 2012 Vitalie Cacicovschi, 38, of Portree, appeared at Portree Sheriff Court for sentencing for offences under the Gangmaster (Licensing) Act 2004, having pled guilty to trading as an unlicensed Gangmaster on 14 May 2012.
Vitalie Cacicovschi was sentenced to a community payback order to undertake 200 hours of unpaid work within the next 9 months. Further information is available in the GLA’s press release of 14 May 2012 http://gla.defra.gov.uk/PageFiles/1373/Cacicovschi%20Press%20release%20170512. pdf
Notes to editors
1. The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) was set up to curb the exploitation of workers in the agricultural, horticultural, shellfish gathering and associated processing and packing industries. The Act establishing it was passed in 2004.
2. Protecting workers is the key aim alongside protecting legitimate labour providers and protecting the tax payer by uncovering unpaid taxes.
3. The GLA regulate the supply of workers and labour services to any of the regulated sectors in the UK.
4. This is the third GLA prosecution of a gangmaster operating in the shellfish industry. See: http://gla.defra.gov.uk/PageFiles/1054/Final1%20- %20Benson%20prosecution%20release%20Sept%202009.pdf. The second case, which has concluded, relates to Mr P Lackey, as identified above.
5. It is a criminal offence to provide labour in the industries regulated by the GLA without a licence. It is also an offence to use labour provided by unlicensed labour providers.
6. The GLA assess compliance against its Licensing Standards which reflects UK legislation, including Forced Labour Offence. Licensing Standard 1.1 covers whether a person is “Fit & Proper” to hold a licence.
7. In December 2009 a new offence of forced labour was introduced in England and Wales, and Northern Ireland. It became an offence in Scotland in August 2010. GLA guidance on the offences can be found in GLA Brief 9.
8. The GLA is committed to the Governments regulatory principles, and does not conduct inspections without reason where potential risks may be identified.
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