At the Full Council Meeting in July, Manchester City Council signed the Co-operative Party Charter Against Modern Slavery, after a vote approving it in which all three of your Deansgate Labour Councillors voted in favour of signing the Charter.
The Charter commits the Council to better staff training, ensuring all our contractors and suppliers are fully signed up to the Modern Slavery Act. We have also promised to take firm action to any contractors that don’t comply to this. Manchester City Council has pledged to publicise a robust whistle-blowing system for staff who suspect modern slavery and require contractors to do the same. We will annually report on the modern slavery policy. View the charter here.
Recent research shows that there could be 136,000 people in the UK in modern slavery. Modern Slavery captures a range of types of exploitation including sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced labour, criminal exploitation, forced marriages, illegal adoption, organ removal, property cuckooing for the sale of drugs, and forced begging. Forced begging is a particularly concern in the City Centre.
Modern Slavery is happening all over the UK. More is needed to be done to recognise when it is happening and support victims. That’s why Manchester has signed the Charter and that’s why we called on the government to provide more support for victims of modern slavery.