New GLA chief to protect vulnerable workers

Paul Broadbent, the newly appointed Gangmasters Licensing Authority chief told the BBC that he hopes his experience as a police officer will help him to protect migrant workers.

The GLA aims to protect workers in the agricultural industries, in the horticultural, shellfish gathering and associated processing and packing industries where there is a concentration of migrant workers. It was set up in the wake of the 2004 Morecambe Bay cockling disaster, in which at least 21 Chinese cockle pickers drowned in rising tides.

Mr. Broadbent said he was attracted to the GLA role because of the similarities with his previous experience. He started his new role on 7th January 2013 and is based at the GLA offices in Nottingham, where a third of the GLA's staff are based.

Mr. Broadbent said: "I am delighted to accept this high profile and demanding position and hope that my previous experience will assist in the GLA's determination to protect vulnerable workers in the farming, food processing and shell fish industries. I sincerely look forward to building on the successes of the Authority thus far and working closely with the business sector, partners and other agencies to tackle the exploitation of workers and reducing the burden on legitimate business.”

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