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The issue of worker exploitation has risen up the political and news agendas over the past year, so the Tories are paying lip-service to the idea of stopping it. They won’t do anything, though. [Image: Kevin Fleming/Getty].

Don’t expect this initiative to do any more than pay lip service to the concept of dealing with this issue.

Tories like exploiting workers. Their entire industrial policy since 1976 has been to weaken working people and make them vulnerable to exploitation.

That’s why they destroyed British industry.

That’s why they weakened the trade unions.

That’s why they privatised public assets and sold them off to foreign, state-owned firms.

It is the only explanation that fits the evidence.

Now, Sir David Metcalf has been asked – not to tackle worker exploitation directly, but to work out a new way for three regulatory organisations to work together.

Nothing in his brief asks him to devise a way to crack down on worker exploitation.

So there will be no crackdown.

This is an empty gesture.

The government has moved to crack down on unscrupulous employers by appointing a new boss to lead the collection of government bodies tasked with stamping out exploitation in the workplace.

Prof Sir David Metcalf, a founding member of the Low Pay Commission and former chairman of the Migration Advisory Committee, was named on Thursday as the first director of Labour Market Enforcement

He will be devising a new strategy on how three bodies – the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate (EAS) and HM Revenue and Customs’s national minimum wage enforcement team – share information and work together.

Source: Government names new chief to lead crackdown on worker exploitation | Money | The Guardian

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