Brexit, Workers and Modern Slavery: Intersections, Impacts and Ways Forward

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Ensuring that effective measures to protect workers' rights and prevent modern slavery are maintained and strengthened post-Brexit.

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Forthcoming changes following the UK's withdrawal from the EU on 31 January 2020 are expected to impact ongoing efforts to prevent exploitation and modern slavery in the UK. COVID-19 has presented additional challenges by exacerbating existing vulnerabilities in at-risk groups. These issues are examined in the Rights Lab's recent report 'Brexit and Modern Slavery: Impacts on the UK's Legal Frameworks for Workers in Supply Chains'.

Our discussions will first consider the impacts of Brexit on existing legal frameworks and other factors that affect vulnerability to exploitation in the UK. We will then focus on the way forward to ensure that the UK maintains and strengthens measures to tackle modern slavery by 1) protecting workers and 2) supporting responsible business conduct.

Chair:

  • Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey, Member of the House of Lords

Speakers:

  • Arianne Griffith, Senior Research and Policy Fellow, Rights Lab - University of Nottingham
  • Matthew Taylor, Interim Director of Labour Market Enforcement
  • Allison Roche, Policy Officer, UNISON
  • Rachel Wilshaw, Ethical Trade Manager and Workers' Rights Lead for the Behind the Barcodes Campaign, Oxfam
  • Anna Sereni, Researcher and Co-ordinator of The Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (Anti-Slavery International)
  • Prof. Ryszard Piotrowicz, Vice President, Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings; Professor of Law, Aberystwyth University

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