TSK Group Ltd – Operating free from Modern Day Slavery

In 2016, the Global Slavery Index estimated that 11,700 people within the UK were being subjected to Modern Slavery. The UK has been proactive in passing new legislation, and in 2014 published a Modern Slavery Strategy using a 4 P’s Structure: PURSUE, PREVENT, PROTECT, PREPARE.

TSK has set out the following measures to combat the many forms of exploitation within the Construction Industry, and to comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

In Line with the CIOB “Building a Fairer System” which sets out to tackle Modern Slavery in Construction Supply Chains, TSK will set out a plan to reduce, and ultimately eliminate any risk of abuse and exploitation within their Supply Chain.

What is Modern Day Slavery?

The most common perceptions of modern day slavery are that of forced child labour and people trafficking, but there are other lesser considered forms of slavery, all of which contravene international standards on human rights.

Migrant workers that move location to find work, possibly for a greater income, but do not enjoy the same rights as local citizens, even though they may be the same nationality.

Bonded labour: where somebody is forced to work for little or no pay at all, to settle a debt.

In September 2015, the UN member states signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals Charter. Goal 8.7 sets out to “Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms

Short Term Measures:

·Investigate how hourly rates paid by recruitment agencies are broken down, to provide a clear indication of hourly rates, National Insurance Contributions, and the Agency Margin.

·Identify payment terms of Recruitment Agencies to the workforce, to insure frequent and regular payment.

·Ensure that operatives are provided with a contract of work, which is clear and in the operatives’ native language.

·TSK to undertake random interviews with site personnel, to make sure that they are being treated fairly, and that Passports have not been retained by their employer.

·Where a site has a large number of agency staff, check home addresses, as if numerous staff list the same address, then this may possibly indicate high shared occupancy.

Medium / Long Term Measures:

·Audit of recruitment agencies employed.

·Introduce a Code of Conduct for the Supply Chain

·Design stage input to source and select verified materials

·Carry out checks using the Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), who will be extending their online checker to include labour within the Construction Industry.

Additional measures:

·We need to publish our slavery and human trafficking statement on the TSK website, and include a link to the statement in a prominent place on the website’s homepage.

·Ensure that training about slavery and human trafficking is available to all staff, to be able to recognise the signs and spot potential victims.

References used:

Legislation.gov.uk           Modern Slavery Act 2015

C.I.O.B.                                Building A Fairer System

G.L.A.A                                Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority

Balfour Beatty                  Modern Slavery & Labour Exploitation – Guidance and Requirements for Suppliers