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Modern day slavery in Leicester city

We the undersigned petition the council to -Publicly acknowledge the undeniable evidence of modern day slavery in our city (The Sunday Times, 5th July 2020. http://Labourbehindthelabel.org) We ask that Leicester city Council works with all relevant national agencies to address the problems outlined, to: -intervene to ensure that factories are operating safely and that workers are receiving a fair wage for their work.

Modern day slavery in Leicester city.
We want the council to:
-Publicly acknowledge the undeniable evidence of modern day slavery in our city (The Sunday Times, 5th July 2020. http://Labourbehindthelabel.org)

Work with all relevant national agencies to address the problems outlined, to:
-intervene to ensure that factories are operating safely and that workers are receiving a fair wage for their work.
- Instigate unannounced inspections of Leicester’s garment factories, to investigate any evidence of modern day slavery in our city to ensure compliance with enforcement of the Modern slavery act 2015 and to act decisively on any such findings.
-Investigate safe working practices in garment factories, including but not exclusively, safe working practices in respect of Covid 19
- Investigate wage theft and denial of benefits, specifically misappropriation of government furlough funds during Covid 19 pandemic

We ask that Leicester city Council works with all relevant agencies to address the problems outlined, these agencies to include , but not limited to:
- local stakeholders, Unions , local authorities and Gangmasters and labour abuse authority and Health and Safety Executive
-the requirement for Supply chain transparency, to increase brand accountability, specifically, but not exclusively ‘Boohoo’. ie if companies want to operate in our city they must comply.

Workers protection

-Set up local confidential helpline for workers who are exploited
-The council to undertake to work with all relevant agencies to protect the individual workers including migrant workers at risk of deportation, subject to the UK Home office immigration policies
-Immediate closure of sites where there is evidence of unsafe working practices, including but not exclusively Covid 19 related. With workers pay protected for an agreed period under a scheme similar to the government furlough scheme

This ePetition ran from 18/08/2020 to 15/09/2020 and has now finished.

135 people signed this ePetition.