Know Your Rights

Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority

Know Your Rights is a podcast hosted by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, a UK law enforcement agency responsible for investigating and preventing labour exploitation. In season 1, we have teamed up with the Responsible Car Wash Scheme to help hand car wash owners across the UK understand their responsibilities to workers and to the environment. In season 2, the focus for the series is on the Level 1 Award in Workers' Rights and Labour Exploitation, a qualification that we have developed with the Skills and Education Group.

Labour exploitation: a victim's story
May 5 2021
Labour exploitation: a victim's story
Labour exploitation is a global problem and international crime, affecting millions of people worldwide, including many victims within the UK. Each year, the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) identifies thousands of potential victims of exploitation and works in partnership with other agencies to: Prevent worker exploitationProtect vulnerable peoplePursue those who exploit others for their work whether financially, physically and or through coercion and control At the heart of what the GLAA does is to protect vulnerable and exploited workers through its investigations and partnership work. Victims are safeguarded and given the opportunity to rebuild their lives free from exploitation. In this episode, journalist Andreea Salvage speaks to a Romanian man we are calling John. John came to the UK in 2014 and briefly worked at hand car wash in London before he was exploited. John managed to escape from his exploiters and after going to the police was helped by the City Hearts charity. You can read more about City Hearts and the crucial work it does here:   Report issues of modern slavery and labour exploitation at hand car washes by calling the GLAA on 0800 4320804 or emailing intelligence@gla.gov.uk. Lines are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm but you can leave a message outside of these hours. Alternatively, call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Download the Safe Car Wash app here: Download the Unseen app here: Read the latest news from the GLAA on its website: Follow the GLAA on Facebook: Follow the GLAA on Twitter: @UK_Glaa More information on how to apply to join the Responsible Car Wash Scheme can be found here:
Spotting the signs of exploitation at hand car washes
Apr 27 2021
Spotting the signs of exploitation at hand car washes
Workers being exploited for their labour is something that sadly continues to exist in 21st century Britain. Men, women and children of all ages and backgrounds can become victims of human trafficking, forced labour, domestic servitude or debt bondage. Victims are controlled by force, threats, coercion, abduction, fraud and deception. In this episode, journalist Andreea Salvage speaks to Lys Ford, Senior Prevention and Partnerships Officer at the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA). The GLAA is a UK-wide law enforcement agency tasked with investigating and preventing labour exploitation across the entire economy, whether that’s at a farm, construction site, or indeed a hand car wash. Lys explains the role and remit of the GLAA, as well as giving some crucial guidance to workers and consumers about spotting the signs of modern slavery and labour abuse at car washes.   Report issues of modern slavery and labour exploitation at hand car washes by calling the GLAA on 0800 4320804 or emailing intelligence@gla.gov.uk. Lines are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm but you can leave a message outside of these hours. Alternatively, call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Download the Safe Car Wash app here: Download the Unseen app here: Read the latest news from the GLAA on its website: Follow the GLAA on Facebook: Follow the GLAA on Twitter: @UK_Glaa More information on how to apply to join the Responsible Car Wash Scheme can be found here: