British car wash boss given anti-slavery order
A car wash owner in the UK has been given an anti-slavery order for employing illegal workers on low wages. The ruling is a first in the British car wash industry.
Mohamed Hamza, who runs M&H car wash in Pinchbeck faces up to five years in prison if he fails to comply, the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) said this week.
He is obliged to pay at least the minimum wage and provide wage slips to all workers.
During the hearing at the court, it turned out Hamza had refused to cooperate with authorities or run a legitimate business, employing illegal workers on little or no pay. In the end, they issued a two-year order against him.
The order prevents Hamza from recruiting anyone who has no right to work in the UK.
A spokesman of the GLAA set they will monitor any hand car wash in the UK operated by him closely over the next two years. “We will not hesitate to take appropriate action should we identify a breach of the order.”
Abuse of illegal immigrants in hand car washes is common in the United Kingdom. Employees of illegal car washes are often domiciled in appalling conditions, where they are trapped in a horrendous way of life. No work immediately means no place to stay or sleep.