Few will forget the sense of shock when the exploited workers were drowned picking cockles in Morecambe Bay. How could such a thing happen in the United Kingdom?
For the right reasons, the Gangmasters' Licensing Authority (GLA) was set up to prevent the very expoitation that led to the deaths of those poor people by providing a policing and enforcement service to the food and agri sectors and their suppliers.
Unfortunately, the Agency has largely forgotten its remit and has become an enforcement unit of HMRC and is busily closing several good ethical companies down that are providing vital services to the economy.
Why does this idea matter?
Because the organisation is strangling the food industry through the fact that it has lost sight of the mission for which it was intended.