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Gangmaster Licencing Authority

This is only intended to provide a general overview and very basic guide. We hope it helps but if more detailed assistance is required then please contact TEAM Head Office or any Member of the TEAM Legal panel.

1. SECTORS COVERED BY GANGMASTERS LICENCING AUTHORITY (GLA)

  • Agriculture, horticulture, shellfish gathering and food processing and packaging.
  • Includes supply to Clients who package dry food goods.
  • Includes supply to pick fruit and vegetables.
  • Does not include catering establishments, retail, wholesale outlets and distribution warehouses.

2. GANGMASTERS LICENCE

  • The Gangmasters Licensing Act 2004 [www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2004/11/contents] relates to all labour providers who supply labour to the UK. The maximum penalty for operating without a licence is a prison sentence of 10 years and a fine.
  • It is a requirement of the licence that an Agency continues to comply with the strict GLA’s licensing conditions, the applicable licensing standards and continues to be classed as “fit and proper” to hold a licence.
  • More detailed information can be found at www.gla.defra.gov.uk

3. IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER

  • Different rules apply under GLA Licence relating to the supply of protective clothing including safety footwear or transport for temporary workers.
  • Additional information may be required regarding health and safety and client inductions.
  • Strict guidelines must be adhered to when making deductions from workers wages.
  • Second tier agencies used to supply GLA contract must also hold GLA Licence.