GLAA National Conference 2017
Tackling Labour Exploitation Together
11 October 2017
Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham
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There may be more than three months to go before the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority’s national conference but the venue is filling up very fast. Though we’ve increased capacity for our 2017 event, bookings have been unprecedented and less than 100 spaces remain. That’s not surprising when you consider the stellar line-up of experts we have assembled for just £125 a head including lunch and refreshments.
Delegates are queueing up to hear how – as part of the Home Office - we have evolved from the Gangmasters Licensing Authority. And now as the GLAA with an extended remit and additional powers, we are changing the way labour abuse and exploitation is tackled in the UK.
All this will take place at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground on 11 October. There will be plenty of opportunity for you to have your say in our interactive workshops and web-based surveys being run throughout the day – so be sure to bring your smart phone, laptop or tablet to ensure your views are heard.
The impressive line-up now confirmed includes keynote addresses from the recently-appointed Director of Labour Market Enforcement – Professor Sir David Metcalf, the UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Kevin Hyland and the National Crime Agency’s Director of Vulnerability, Will Kerr.
Delegates will also have the opportunity to hear from and question the Head of the Home Office Modern Slavery Unit, Offer Stern-Weiner, as well as the national police lead for modern slavery - Devon and Cornwall’s Chief Constable, Shaun Sawyer. Mark Burns-Williamson, the West Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner and Caroline Haughey, a renowned trafficking barrister who also sits on the Prime Minister’s Modern Slavery Task Force will also give a fascinating insight into the current thinking of tackling labour exploitation and modern slavery. Add the GLAA Chair and Chief Executive to that mix and you have a collection of specialist knowledge that will provide an unrivalled insight into the issues facing the UK labour market.
Our conference will give all stakeholders – new and existing - an opportunity to find out what all these changes mean and how the new GLAA will work with and support everyone in the fight against modern slavery. 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, discussing and hearing your thoughts as to how, together, we can eliminate exploitative practice.
To help achieve this, for the first time, there will be interactive break-out workshops where issues can be shared and I am sure resolved. The themes of these sessions will be prevent, protect, pursue and prepare.
If you are interested in attending please book now. We have experienced unprecedented levels of sales so far this year and the indications are that places will sell out long before the day.
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.
Who will be speaking?
• Director of Labour Market Enforcement, Prof Sir David Metcalf CBE
• UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE
• Director of Vulnerability, National Crime Agency, Will Kerr OBE
• Head of the Home Office Modern Slavery Unit, Offer Stern-Weiner
• National policing lead for modern slavery, Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer QPM
• Police & Crime Commissioner, West Yorks, Mark Burns-Williamson OBE
• Specialist trafficking and organised crime barrister, Caroline Haughey
• GLAA Chair and Chief Executive
• 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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