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Workers on UK farm are at risk of debt bondage

Updated: Oct 4, 2022



An investigation by the Guardian has found that Indonesian labourers picking berries on a farm that supplies to multiple supermarkets have been saddled with debts of up to £5,000 by unlicensed brokers to work in Britain.


Hundreds of Indonesian farm workers were recruited to work in Britain this summer on seasonal worker visas, a route created to tackle a shortage of farm workers after Brexit.


Pickers at a farm in Kent were reportedly given zero-hours contracts, and at least one was paid less than £300.00 a week after the cost of using a caravan was deducted.


The Home Office, Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) are looking into the allegations, and the supermarkets have launched an urgent investigation into the issues raised.


Compliance is at the centre of all services that Stonebridge offer. We operate robust policies regarding eligibility to work checks for all employees in order to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.


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