Dr Lisa Cameron MP and the British Retail Consortium call for government action on illegal pay
Exploited workers in UK garment supply chains have been “robbed” of £27m since July due to systematic underpayment, says the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Textiles & Fashion, Dr Lisa Cameron MP, in a letter to the Home Office. The letter urges the Home Secretary Priti Patel MP to take tougher action on illegal pay in order to protect vulnerable workers in UK garment supply chains.
Dr Lisa Cameron MP said: "It is vital the home secretary takes action to introduce a licensing scheme for UK garment manufacturers and puts the rights of workers at the heart of the industry", the BBC reports.
In a statement to the BBC, the Home Office said: "We are deeply concerned by the appalling reports of illegal and unsafe working conditions for garment workers in Leicester, and will ensure perpetrators face the full force of the law if evidence comes to light through the work of our new specialist Taskforce, led by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority."
Helen Dickinson, the Chief Executive of the BRC, said: “Despite numerous reports in the media, and a previous letter to the home secretary signed by over 50 MPs and peers and more than 40 retailers, investors and NGOs, we have not seen any significant action from government to bring this injustice to an end.
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