Employment rights (general) and concerns about exploitation

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Everyone who works in the UK has some employment rights. These include rights to be treated fairly and equally, rights around pay and pensions, working hours and conditions. It doesn’t matter where you come from or what job you do. You can find out about worker rights here: https://www.gov.uk/employment-status/worker

This is no different in the context of Covid-19. However, if you do not currently have authorisation to be in the country but are currently working, it can be very difficult to negotiate with your employer regarding pay and working conditions (see section below for undocumented migrants).

For more information about different government agencies you can contact for advice on understanding your employment rights or to report abuse at work, see this video. It is available in 11 languages - EnglishItalianPortugueseSpanishPolishHungarianRomanianRomanesHindiBahasa Indonesia and Tagalog.

If you believe you are a victim of exploitation or human trafficking there are several charities and organisations you can turn to for help and support, including:

  • Modern Slavery Helpline – call for information and advice on modern slavery. The number is free to call and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Kalayaan - provides advice, advocacy and support services for migrant domestic workers.
  • ATLEU - provides direct legal support to survivors of trafficking and slavery.
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