Supermarket giants accused of exploitation

Britain’s
giant supermarket chains have been accused of heightening the demand for
low-paid, illegal workers in UK farms.

A
committee of MPs has blamed retailers for ‘washing their hands’ of the problem
of illegal foreign workers, hired to pick fruit and vegetables destined for the
supermarkets.

The
report by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee also
criticised the Government for failing to prevent gangmasters supplying casual
labour from overseas.

It
claims the problem has gone unchecked with no serious analysis, but with
several cases of worker exploitation.

By Ross Wigham

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