GLA licence refused in Wolverhampton
24th February 2009
An application for a GLA licence has been refused due to concerns over the actual identity of the gangmaster. Documents provided to confirm the identity of Mr Joginder Mann, who intended to run J.Mann Contractors Ltd in Wolverhampton could not be authenticated by the GLA.
Due to the failure to provide sufficient evidence of his entitlement to work in the UK, the GLA refused the application to run a gangmaster business. The GLA has passed the relevant information to the UK Border Agency. Paul Whitehouse, Chairman of the GLA said:
“The right to work is only one of the checks we
carry out on those applying for a licence. All applicants must also be able to demonstrate that procedures are in place to ensure the welfare of workers.”
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.
2. The majority of workers involved in these industries come from countries such as: Romania, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Latvia, Pakistan and Portugal.
3. So far, 1,210 labour providers hold a GLA licence. Eighty five licenses have been revoked (eight with immediate effect). One person has been prosecuted for operating without a licence, with more prosecutions forthcoming.
4. The GLA stepped up its fight against those who abuse workers with the launch of Operation Ajax in June. The operation was set up to increase the GLA’s activities with an 18 month programme of unannounced raids.
5. Paul Whitehouse, GLA Chairman, is available for interview by contacting 0115 900 8962 6. Anybody who is aware of exploitation should contact the GLA on 0845 602 5020 or report anonymously at www.gla.gov.uk/report
Public enquiries: 0845 602 5020
Media enquiries: 0115 900 8962