GLA revokes gangmaster licence after irregularities

By Rod Addy

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The GLA revoked Recruit Solutions' licence
The GLA revoked Recruit Solutions' licence
The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) has revoked the gangmaster licence of a recruitment agency supplying a Northamptonshire-based cooked meat and vegetable producer with staff after an inspection highlighted several concerns.

Having inspected the premises of Recruit Solutions (UK) of Tennyson Street, Gainsborough, the GLA informed Simon Nash, a director of the company, of the intention to revoke his licence in March.

It said it took the decision after finding him to lack the competence required to manage the business compliantly.

Appeal withdrawn

His company launched an appeal, but this was later withdrawn, causing his licence to be revoked with immediate effect.

The GLA inspection uncovered several irregularities in the firm’s operations. These included inability to account for monthly payments of £469.13 to a named personal recipient. The company initially related this to its food processing contract, but then blamed a director based in South Africa.

In addition, Recruit Solutions’ employee handbook stipulated workers must retire at 65, which is considered discriminatory and breaches one of the GLA’s licensing standards. And Recruit Solutions had no paper contract with its main labour user.

‘Lacked the competencies to hold a GLA licence’

“On inspecting this business in detail it soon became clear that the company’s named principal authority lacked the competencies to hold a GLA licence,”​ said a GLA spokesman.

“Although the licence was revoked on the ‘fit and proper’ person test, which is one of our critical standards that must be met, we identified issues in no less than six separate areas in total.

“The fact that the company chose not to proceed with its appeal is effectively an admission of guilt and lends further support to our decision to revoke the licence and prevent the company from supplying workers in the GLA-regulated sector.”

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