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Kieran Guilbert

UK orders public sector to tackle modern slavery in supply chains

Sep 22 2020

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Government departments and other public bodies in Britain will have to take action to ensure their suppliers do not engage in modern slavery under measures announced on Tuesday.

Community efforts seen as key to tackling UK fashion worker abuses

Jul 20 2020

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A government taskforce and proposed factory licensing scheme are unlikely to prevent labour abuses in Britain's garment industry without the involvement of trade unions and community groups to help workers, several advocates in the city of Leicester said.

Fashion brands like Boohoo urged to help UK suppliers address labour abuses

Jul 14 2020

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fashion retailers such as Boohoo and Quiz should not abandon their suppliers in Britain over labour abuses but support them to improve working conditions, advocates said on Tuesday, amid growing scrutiny of garment factories in the city of Leicester.

UK has 100,000 modern slaves but most go undetected, study says

Jul 13 2020

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain is home to at least 100,000 modern slaves according to a new study, 10 times more than the official estimate, as activists warned 90% of victims may be going undetected.

Back whistleblowers to stop abuses, says UK anti-slavery tsar after Boohoo fallout

Jul 09 2020

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain's efforts to stop labour exploitation in the local supply chains of fashion brands such as Boohoo will only succeed if workers are encouraged to report abuses without fear of retaliation, its anti-slavery tsar said on Thursday.

EXPERT VIEWS-How can Britain stop fashion brands like Boohoo exploiting workers?

Jul 08 2020

LONDON, July 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Reports of labour exploitation at British garment factories that supply to online fast fashion retailer Boohoo have sparked debate about the role of brands and the government in protecting workers from wage theft, abuse and modern slavery.

Workers' rights seen crumbling as coronavirus threatens further setbacks

Jun 17 2020

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Labour rights are being eroded worldwide as more countries deny workers the ability to strike, unionise and negotiate better terms, a global trade union said on Thursday, warning that the coronavirus pandemic could lead to further setbacks.

Fewer suspected modern slaves uncovered in UK under coronavirus

Jun 04 2020

LONDON, June 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Reports of suspected modern slavery in Britain are down for the first time since 2016, the government said on Thursday, raising concerns that lockdown is pushing victims deeper underground.

New U.N. envoy warns closed borders embolden human traffickers

May 19 2020

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Human traffickers will profit from rising nationalism fuelled by the coronavirus pandemic, the new United Nations expert on modern slavery said, warning that anti-migrant policies and rhetoric may prevent victims of exploitation from seeking help.

UK gangs could recruit more child drug mules as lockdown lifts

May 15 2020

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Criminal gangs that use young people to sell drugs across Britain could recruit more out-of-school children as the country's coronavirus lockdown eases, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said, also warning of a spike in online child sex abuse.

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