Modern Slavery and Your Workplace, UK, Monday, 29. October 2018

A Talk on Modern Slavery and Your Workplace
8-10pm Monday 29th October 2018
St Mary’s Church, East Molesey KT8 0ST
Modern slavery is a problem here and now in Surrey. Slavery is an umbrella term for activities involved when one person obtains or holds another person in compelled service. This evening will help you learn how to spot it and what to do about it.
The Head of Operations of a leading fresh produce company will be speaking about his first hand experiences of modern slavery, followed by the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Beds and Director of Unseen who will explain how we can all help in our workplaces. Q&A session and a chance to network after. The event is free to attend.
SPEAKERS – full biography
Shayne Tyler is Head of Operations for a leading fresh produce supplier to retail accounts. A practical and hands on manager with over 25 years of people leadership within the food industry. He relies on over 20 years of experience directly managing variable levels of employee exploitation identification and resolution, where he has actively helped shape legislation, guidance, best practice and support mechanisms for the prevention and eradication of worker abuse. Having had ‘first hand’ experience that has identified and tackled numerous examples of worker exploitation for such an extended timeframe, Shayne offers a valuable perspective in the fight to improve worker welfare.
Justine Currell is the Executive Director of Unseen. She joined Unseen on 1 May 2016 following a 28.5 year career in the civil service. During that time she held a variety of operational and policy posts working across a number of UK Government departments. For the last five years of her civil service career, Justine was the modern slavery senior policy adviser in the Home Office and led on development of the Modern Slavery Act, including the transparency in supply chains provision and business guidance, working closely with Ministers, businesses and international colleagues. Since joining Unseen Justine has been called upon to provide her insight and experience on the issue of modern slavery to media, law enforcement agencies, safeguarding professionals and business. She has specifically provided support to a number of key businesses on developing their response to supply chain transparency and is highly regarded in this field. Since joining Unseen Justine has successfully developed and launched the new and enhanced Modern Slavery Helpline and Resource Centre which has become a vital tool for all in the UK’s fight against modern slavery. Justine seeks to use her experience and knowledge of working with UK Ministers to influence other Governments internationally to take action to address modern slavery and, in particular, business supply chain issues. Justine is also Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire.
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS TALK?
Slavery is an umbrella term for activities involved when one person obtains or holds another person in compelled service. This evening will help you learn about how to spot it and what to do about it. There will be two speakers and an opportunity to ask questions. The event is free to attend.
There is no typical victim of slavery. Victims are men, women and children of all ages, ethnicities and nationalities and cut across the population. However, it’s normally more prevalent among the most vulnerable or within minority or socially excluded groups. In 2017, the UK Modern Slavery Helpline indicated that 2,288 potential victims of modern slavery cases were men, while 1,547 were women.
Trafficking remains primarily an organised crime coordinated by organised gangs, moving and exploiting numbers of people, often as part of wider criminal enterprises. It’s a hidden crime and difficult to uncover - workers may not consider themselves as victims or want to report it. …but working together we can reduce this hidden exploitation
Someone is in slavery if they are:

forced to work through mental or physical threat
owned or controlled by an 'employer', usually through mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse
dehumanised, treated as a commodity or bought and sold as ‘property’
physically constrained or have restrictions placed on his/her freedom

Monday, 29. October 2018, UK, Modern Slavery and Your Workplace

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