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Creating a 'Forced Labour Monitoring Group'

  • Start date: 03 September 2012
  • End date: 02 September 2013

The ESRC ‘Follow-On’ grant entitled ‘Creating a Forced Labour Monitoring Group (FLMG)’ follows-on from two reports by the Principal Investigator (Dr Sam Scott) for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. These looked at ‘Experiences of Forced Labour in the UK Food Industry’ and the ‘Scope of Forced Labour in the UK’ (see: http://www.jrf.org.uk/work/workarea/forced-labour).

The mission statement for the FLMG is: “to help define, measure, monitor and tackle workplace abuse, exploitation and forced labour in the UK”. At present the FLMG is only a ‘pilot’ project with its exact role, remit and membership open for discussion. The 12-month grant (September 2012 - September 2013) is being coordinated by an academic steering group of: Dr Sam Scott, Dr Alex Balch, Professor Gary Craig, Dr Alistair Geddes and Dr Kendra Strauss. There are five outputs associated with the pilot project:

  1. a web-site ‘www.forcedlabour.org’
  2. five policy workshops
  3. a book on ‘Workplace Abuse, Exploitation and Forced Labour’
  4. academic journal articles
  5. a collaborative policy paper.

These outputs are designed to act as an impetus for a longer-term FLMG that would:

  • draw academics together with policy makers and practitioners
  • be sustainable
  • be independent
  • influence policy
  • raise knowledge and awareness of forced labour.