GLAA National Conference 2017
Tackling Labour Exploitation Together
11 October 2017
Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham
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The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority has evolved from the Gangmasters Licensing Authority and is an arm’s length body of the Home Office. The single strategic aim of the new organisation remains unaltered – to work in partnership to protect vulnerable and exploited workers … but there will be dramatic changes in the way that aim is delivered.
Having outgrown our previous venue, another change for 2017 will see our conference move to the world famous Edgbaston Cricket Ground to host the first ever annual conference as the GLAA. Here, on 11 October, we will tell you what has changed, what we can do for you and how you can help. You will also hear a keynote speech from the newly-appointed Director of Labour Market Enforcement – Professor Sir David Metcalf CBE as well as the UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Kevin Hyland OBE.
Delegates will also get the chance to hear from and question Head of the Home Office Anti-Slavery Unit Offer Stern-Weiner, as well as Devon and Cornwall police Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer - the national police lead for modern slavery. Will Kerr OBE, a director from the National Crime Agency, Mark Burns-Williamson OBE, West Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner are also a confirmed speakers along with the renowned trafficking barrister, Caroline Haughey.
Though our existing licensing and regulatory function that covers temporary labour supply in the food and farming sectors will be retained, we will take on a much broader role in terms of addressing exploitation across the entire labour market. We will use improvement and enforcement notices to ensure vulnerable workers are prevented from being abused for their labour. We will use additional powers to investigate modern slavery offences, like human trafficking and forced or compulsory labour. With this enhanced investigatory function we can protect not just temporary workers in the UK but all workers regardless of their employment status.
We have carried out a detailed threat assessment – looking at the areas and industries in the UK that are at the greatest risk from labour exploitation. This piece of work is the first of its kind and we will be sharing the detail with you at the event, allowing you to find out which fields of business are under threat and in which regions.
Our conference will give all stakeholders – new and existing - an opportunity to find out what the changes will mean, how the new GLAA will work with businesses, as well as law enforcement, Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), and Government agencies as part of the UK’s Modern Slavery Strategy. We’ll also look at what challenges we could all face in the future.
The Prime Minister has called modern slavery, of which labour exploitation is a key component ‘the great human rights issue of our time’ and I very much look forward to meeting you at this event, answering any queries you might have and hearing your thoughts as to how, together, we can eliminate exploitative practise.
The day will also include interactive break-out workshops where issues can be shared and I am sure resolved. The themes of these sessions will follow the UK Modern Slavery Strategy: prevent, protect, pursue and prepare. This event has proved very popular in the past so booking early to secure your place is strongly advisable.
Paul Broadbent, Chief Executive, Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
All you need to know ...
As well as the opportunity to network with other like-minded business representatives, you will hear from the leading players in the ongoing efforts to combat modern slavery in the UK.
• Provide delegates with an overview of the UK’s Modern Slavery Strategy
• Explain how the reformed GLAA will fit in and operate within that strategy
• Discuss the current trends and issues to look out for in the UK labour market
• Clarify the responsibilities of UK businesses and discuss how they can contribute
• Outline Government and international thinking on future plans and developments in the fight against exploitation
• Allow delegates to feed in their own views and experiences in break-out discussions
Who should attend?
Attendance is highly recommended for anyone who seeks to protect their supply chains working in any industry whose staff may be vulnerable to exploitation. It is also highly relevant to UK law enforcement agencies in tackling modern slavery plus anyone else who needs to know what is planned to protect people from slavery and in particular the 2.5m workers in the UK on the minimum wage who are most susceptible to abuse.
The conference will also provide an essential overview of the new GLAA and how it tackles labour abuse for those industries that are heavily worker-based and identified as at-risk from exploitation.
• Agriculture and fishing
• Wholesale and retail
• Hospitality, hotels and catering
• Hand car washes
• Nail bars
We would also recommend attendance for delegates from other law enforcement agencies and NGOs.
Once sold out, any additional requests will be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations. The ticket price has been set on a cost-recovery basis only.
PLEASE NOTE- No refunds can be issued once a booking has been confirmed.
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