Call to MPs after cockling tragedy.
Tony Woodley, general secretary of the Transport and General Workers' Union, has written to all MPs in the region asking for their support in the wake of the Morecambe Bay tragedy in which 20 Chinese cockle pickers drowned.
It is estimated that about 3,000 gangmasters are operating in the UK, supplying about 60,000 gangworkers.
Many are reputable labour providers, and many gangworkers are legal workers, but the trade union believes they lack proper regulation and leave people vulnerable to exploitation.
The T&G has campaigned for many years for the licensing of gangmasters, and this year joined Jim Sheridan MP for Renfrewshire West who introduced a Private Member's Bill in January.
Mr Woodley said: "The lack of regulation fails workers and legitimate employers. Gangmasters are in operation up and down the country and we ask all MPs in the West Midlands, whatever political party, to support the Bill for regulation."
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|Publication:||Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)|
|Date:||Feb 21, 2004|
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