The Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority

About The Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority.

We have all seen examples in the news of exploitation and modern slavery and so it’s important as an employer to understand the law and the suppliers that you are dealing with. At ultimate workforce, we take our legal and moral obligations seriously and are proud to have held a GLAA certificate for many years.

The following article is a short guide explaining about the Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority or GLAA for short. It gives an overview of what the GLAA covers and what it stands for, along with the importance of using GLAA licenced workers.


What Is The Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority?

The Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority is a public body that was set up to monitor protect vulnerable and exploited workers within the fresh produce supply chain and horticultural sectors, as follows:

  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Shellfish gathering
  • Any associated processing and packaging


Why Was It Set Up

It was set up to regulate and investigate the exploitation of vulnerable workers and to tackle unlicensed and illegal labour providers within England & Wales. 


The GLA has six strategic objectives are as follows:

  • Disrupt criminal activity within the labour market
  • Engage with business owners to minimise and manage risk
  • Support compliant businesses
  • Work in partnership to protect workers’ rights and prevent labour exploitation 
  • Maintain a credible licensing scheme, creating a level playing field and promoting growth
  • Identify and support victims of labour exploitation


They regularly work with law enforcement organisations such as the police and the National Crime Agency in a bid to stop organised crime across the UK.


What Does It Cover

The GLAA covers a multitude of standards that are all legal requirements to protect workers from poor treatment and exploitation.

Primarily they cover issues such as:

  • Working Hours
  • Training
  • Terms & Conditions
  • The National Minimum Wage
  • Transport


Labour providers must meet these requirements to ensure that basic welfare and safety standards are met.

Labour providers must also meet the following conditions to ensure they are suitable to hold a licence:

  • Fit & Proper Test
  • Pay & Tax Requirements
  • Prevention Of Forced Labour & Mistreatment Of Labour
  • Accommodation
  • Working Conditions
  • Health & Safety
  • Recruiting Workers & Contractual Arrangements
  • Sub Contracting & Using Other Labour Providers


Who Must Have A Licence

Basically anybody that supplies labour that works within the fresh produce supply chain and horticulture industries as mentioned earlier in the article. It is a criminal offence for any labour provider to supply workers within the industries above if they do not hold a GLAA licence. It is also an offence for an organisation to employ labour via an agency or gangmaster if they do not hold a valid GLAA licence.


There are some exclusions, where a GLAA licence is not required, these exclusions can be seen at the following link:-


How Do I Know If An Agency Has A GLAA Licence

Workers and employers can search the national GLAA register to see if an individual agency has a valid GLAA licence at the following Link:


The image below shows Ultimate Workforce Ltd is registered and has a valid GLAA certificate.

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