THREE of the UK’s leading poultry businesses have signed up to pilot a poster scheme outlining workers’ rights.
The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) has developed the posters, which have a 10-point checklist that it is hoped will give workers an overview of their rights as employees.
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They are available in four languages and will be distributed across P. D. Hook, Avara Foods and 2 Sisters Food Group sites over the next six weeks.
The British Poultry Council is also supporting the pilot.
The posters will outline the legal requirements in the GLAA licensing standards, which are designed to protect workers from poor treatment or exploitation.
Information workers need
James Hook, managing director at P. D. Hook, said the firm had been happy to work alongside the GLAA.
“We trust that it will provide people with all the information they need about rights in the UK labour market and offer a way of seeking help if needed.”
Bev Bishton, Head of HR for Chicken Operations at Avara Foods, added: “In our view, one of the most effective ways of tackling modern slavery is also one of the simplest: making sure that every individual understands their basic rights.
“Working alongside the GLAA, and making the most of their expertise in investigation and enforcement, is an essential part of our work to ensure high standards and ethical treatment of workers throughout our supply chain.”
Rachel Hackett, group sustainability director at 2 Sisters Food Group, said: “We are pleased to be working with the GLAA to pilot the workers’ checklist.
“It is an effective way to get important information to colleagues at our sites, and it gives them the means to source additional information if required.
“We look forward to discussing the findings from the pilot with the GLAA and seeing the workers’ checklist rolled out across our sector and beyond.”
You can find and download the poster from the resources section of the GLAA website.