Signs in co-workers
- they appear neglected, malnourished, fearful and anxious
- they appear to wash/bath/shave at work
- they appear to be influenced or controlled by someone else
- they have no money or food for lunches and breaks
- they appear withdrawn and unable or reluctant to communicate with co-workers
- they are not free to organise their own transport to/from work
- they appear to have no life outside work/never go out
- they have few or no personal possessions
- they are not in control of their own money, bank account or identification documents
- they are reluctant to explain where they are living
- there are inconsistencies in their story.
Employers should always check:
That any labour provider has a valid GLAA licence number.
Employers should be concerned if:
- A labour provider holds their workers personal documentation and identification e.g passports/ID cards/bank documents - this breaches standard 3.2 and is a critical failure.
- A labour provider insists on using their own interpreters.
- Workers have no choice in transportation OR have to travel with the labour provider and pay for transport in order to work
- Workers are reliant on their labour provider, or another, for accommodation and food and appear to have no choice in this.
- Workers are unable to produce a contract of their terms and conditions.
- Workers are not able or willing to communicate freely and independently, e.g if a particular individual(s) always insist on interpreting for fellow workers.
Signs that you may be being exploited
- you are not allowed contact with friends and family
- you have been forced to open a bank account or were told what to say when opening one
- you are provided unsanitary, crowded accommodation to live in
- you do not have a contract or written terms and conditions for work
you do not have control of your identity documents
- you do not have control of your bank card or banking documentation
- you do not receive a pay slip and your employer takes money from your wages before giving them to you
- you do not have free choice over where you live, what you eat and/or how you travel to work
- you have been made to register as self-employed even though you believe you work for another person
- you had to pay someone money for finding you work
- you were made false promises of work that did not exist when you arrived in the UK
- you owe your employer money which keeps increasing because you have to pay them for accommodation, food or transport
- you or your loved ones are subjected to violence, threats, intimidation
you are prevented from accessing medical facilities
- you are not provided with appropriate training or protective equipment for the work you are doing.