Big UK construction firms’ failings fuel forced labour

Big UK construction firms’ failings fuel forced labour
15/05/2018 , by , in INTERNATIONAL

IGNORANCE and aggressive business models are fuelling modern slavery in Britain’s construction industry as failings by major contractors leave British and foreign workers vulnerable to forced labour, a trade body and campaigners said on Monday.

Top construction companies are pricing out ethical practice down their supply chains, and shifting responsibility to spot labour abuses onto their less well-resourced suppliers, found a report by Britain’s Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

The trade body said there was complacency and disbelief in the industry that major projects were being exploited by human traffickers despite construction being identified by police and the government as one of the most at-risk sectors in Britain.

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