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from Andrew Large, Chief Executive, Cleaning & Support Services Association
I would like to respond to the article in Cleanzine issue 492 by David Camp concerning gangmasters.
David is right to highlight the gold plating of the law creating the Gangmaster's Licencing Authority, as it is clear that the law did not intend to cover the activities of cleaning companies. However I take issue with his characterisation of certain cleaning businesses as "gangmasters".
These cleaning businesses are legitimate employers who happen to have been caught up in the overbroad scope of the legislation. They are not gangmasters in the sense of being an individual person supplying of workers for the harvesting of crops or shellfish.
I agree with David that the law around the definition of agricultural work needs to be reformed. The practical implications of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs definition are unworkable and need to be changed. I look forward to working with DEFRA to make progress in this area.
Andrew Large, Chief Executive, Cleaning & Support Services Association
T: 0207 920 9632
F: 0207 638 6990
27th October 2011