Lead author, Professor Andrew Crane, Director of the University of Bath’s Centre for Business, Organisations and Society, said that companies have little hope of detecting modern slavery practices unless they adopt a new approach that focuses specifically on their labour supply chains.
He advises that “they need to be able to trace the origin of their employees in the same way as most now can for their products. To prevent the misery of modern slavery from blighting our workforces companies must apply that same focus to their staff.”
Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite the Union, has also spoken on the unfair nature of pay for UK workers, advising that working with unions is one way for organisations to better their treatment of staff. He said: “Too often companies are skimming their profits out of the pockets of their workforce. It is a continuing reminder that for too many working people, work in this country just does not pay.
"That means restoring the collective bargaining arrangements that would see fairer wages negotiated and protected – and working with unions to ensure workers are paid what they deserve.”
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