South Holland farmers and workers can download new app to tackle exploitation
A new app has been launched to help farmers and workers tackle explotation.
Lincolnshire County Council and the police are backing the Farm Work Welfare App.
Farmers will be able to access practical information on licensed labour providers, document verification and the rights of workers.
It provides information on employment rights in eight languages and allows farmers and workers to flag up concerns about labour exploitation or modern slavery.
It has been developed by The Clewer Initiative, in partnership with the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), the National Crime Agency, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), the Church Commissioners for England and fresh produce supplier the Fresca Group, as well as the Modern Slavery Helpline.
Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Marc Jones, said: “Modern slavery and the exploitation of the vulnerable is a barbaric and despicable crime that is not just a criminal act but a violation of our humanity."
Coun Barry Young, Chair of the Safer Lincolnshire Partnership, said: "The rural nature of our county, and the scale of our seasonal employment market, can put certain workers in Lincolnshire at risk of being taken advantage of.
"Criminal gangs can pose as legitimate labour providers and trick farmers into unwittingly hiring victims of modern slavery. Workers themselves may be unaware of their employment rights and not recognise that they are being exploited.
"This new app puts a safeguard in place for workers and farmers, letting them know what they should expect and giving them an opportunity to report any concerns.
"I'm proud to say that Lincolnshire is one of safest places in the country to work. It is through joint innovative initiatives like this that we can continue to keep it so."
You can download the app for free for both Android and iOS devices.