10 Oct '11, 10am

'Systematic' exploitation - Bitter harvest: migrant workers on UK farms 'still exploited' - The Ecologist

'Systematic' exploitation - Bitter harvest: migrant workers on UK farms 'still exploited' - The Ecologist

The GLA adopts a similar stance – pointing out recent successes but admitting there's still work to do: 'There's still plenty of it [exploitation] out there... you have a situation where no-one wants to work in agriculture and there's large numbers of unskilled workers here,' a senior figure told the Ecologist . Figures on the precise number of migrant workers operating in the UK are hard to pinpoint, largely because of the transient nature of the sectors involved, but recent research indicated that more than 80 per cent of all peak season agricultural workers are migrants. In 2009, the UK Border Agency estimated that at least 90,000 migrant workers had been active in the previous fours years within the agriculture industry, although the total is believed to be significantly higher as workers recruited by gangmasters and employment agencies were not included. Illegal migra...

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