PREVENTING HIDDEN LABOUR EXPLOITATION POLICY
Vine-Works Ltd commits to developing and adopting a proactive approach to tackling hidden labour exploitation.
Hidden Labour exploitation is defined as the exploitation of job applicants or worker by a third-party individual / gang other than the employer or labour provider, either by rogue individuals working within these businesses but without the knowledge of management. This can include forced labour / human trafficking for labour exploitation: payment for work finding services and work related exploitation such as forced accommodation.
The Directors and all employees responsible for the direct recruitment of workers will ensure that this policy and accompanying procedures are enforced.
Vine works Ltd shall:
- Designate appropriate employees to attend “Tackling Hidden Labour Exploitation” training & to have responsibility for developing and operating company procedures relevant to this issue.
- Accept that Job finding fees are a business cost, and will not allow these to be paid by job applicants, the company will not use any individual or organisation to source and supply workers without confirming that workers are not being charged a work finding fee.
- Ensure that all staff directly recruiting employees are aware of all the issues and signs that can lead to third party labour exploitation. Ensure all employees are given Stronger together information in their own language via workplace posters, leaflets, inductions and interviews.
- Ensure that labour sourcing / recruitment and worker placements are carried out under the control of trusted and competent staff members.
- Adopt a proactive approach to reporting suspicions of hidden worker exploitation to the Gang Masters Licensing Authority and police.
- Encourage employees to report cases of hidden third party labour exploitation by giving them the information on induction and the means to do so is clearly on a displayed staff notice board. To also support employees and agency workers to report any exploitation which may be occurring within their community, and issuing anonymous worker questionnaires.
- To ensure that all information provided is dealt with in correct manor and investigated fully.
- That we require labour providers and other organisations in the labour supply chain to adopt policies and procedures consistent with the above.