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Nobody should be surprised.

Cruel Conservative employment and benefit laws, coupled with a relaxed attitude to employers and a policy to push wages below subsistence levels, mean the UK’s government is encouraging the exploitation of workers.

It is hypocritical of the Tories to say they are trying to prevent the slavery they have invited with their policies.

And it seems unlikely that the measures currently available to combat the issue will do much good. The Guardian article quoted below says convictions have decreased by six per cent between 2015 and 2017.

You live in a slave state.

Exploitation and abuse of workers is widespread across the UK economy, according to a new report, which finds that 17 sectors are high-risk for mistreatment ranging from wages theft to slavery.

Construction, recycling, nail bars and car washes were among the top sectors where the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) said there was slavery. Agriculture, food packing, fishing, shellfish gathering, warehouse and distribution, garment manufacturing, taxi driving , retail, domestic work, and social care were also highlighted in the report.

The authority has new powers to investigate labour abuse in all sectors under the 2016 Immigration Act, and the report marks its first full year of work assessing the nature of the problem in the UK.

Reported cases of slavery have increased 35% year on year, with the UK being one of the biggest destinations in Europe for trafficking of workers for labour exploitation.

Source: Slaves working in UK construction and car washes, report finds | World news | The Guardian


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