FLEX's work featured in parliament regarding post-Brexit immigration plans on Tuesday 12th February. Alex Norris MP led a debate scrutinising the proposed plan to bring migrant workers to work on UK farms and FLEX CEO and Researcher both gave evidence to the Public Bill Committee.
FLEX welcomes the announcement of a new Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.
Gendered discrimination, harassment and violence remain a problem for women in the workplace. FLEX is building on its previous work investigating this issue to embark on a new research project looking at the specific risks and abuses facing women workers.
FLEX responds to today's publication of the Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015's 'transparency in supply chains' requirement (Section 54).
The planned temporary twelve month migrant worker schemes set out in the immigration white paper released today may lead to increased modern slavery in the UK if government fails to address these risks properly. FLEX provides commentary on the new proposals.
The Brexit migration policy debate is misdiagnosing the problem in relation to our labour market and the so-called ‘undercutting’ of British workers. Border control and more restrictive immigration policies are presented as the solution to poor conditions or limited jobs for British workers, but instead we should be turning to labour market enforcement and worker organising to solve these problems.
FLEX has succeeded in working with Alex Norris MP to ensure the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, will evaluate the incoming Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme pilot for risks of modern slavery and human trafficking.
As companies, civil society organisations and government representatives gather together for the UN Business and Human Rights Forum, we warn that transparency measures alone aren't enough to solve labour exploitation. Our animation takes you through the 10 steps needed for a meaningful corporate accountability framework.
EU citizens currently living in the UK, or who arrive before 31 December 2020, will have the right to stay here after Brexit under the EU Settlement Scheme. The Scheme plans are not currently fit for purpose for trafficked persons. FLEX calls on the government to ensure victims of slavery and trafficking have fair access to post-Brexit registration.
The government recently announced a new temporary worker programme for British agriculture and horticulture, the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Pilot (SAWP). Such programmes, if designed badly, can lead to exploitation and modern slavery. FLEX calls on the government to ensure workers are protected under the scheme.