We are all affected by exploitation of migrant workers - which is why we’re committed to dealing with it

Robert Divkovic

Robert Divkovic - Credit: Archant

I write concerning your article of February 5 regarding Roberto Mac Ltd.

In the article, the claim was made that “200 people were left without jobs and are now on social as a result”.

These claims are simply not true. Full consequence management was put into place and the operation on October 15 created new and decent opportunities for workers subjected to the poor conditions uncovered by the Gangmaster Licensing Authority (GLA) inspection of Roberto Mac.

The company’s licence was revoked last month with immediate effect.

The work opportunities for these people still existed and these were facilitated by the authorities.


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We will continue to work with the GLA, National Crime Agency, Fenland District Council and many others on a broad front in our fight against exploitation.

I can reassure residents that Operation Endeavour, which was launched to tackle exploitation in the Wisbech area, will continue.

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Some people link problems in the area to migrants and yet we can see that the root cause of these problems is the way in which migrants are exploited.

It is the single biggest cause of anti-social behaviour, low level crime, street drinking, rough sleeping and sometimes far more serious things.

Everyone in Wisbech is, therefore, adversely affected by this exploitation and that is why we are committed to dealing with it robustly.

CHIEF INSP MIKE WINTERS

Fenland area commander

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