The human rights crisis facing Britain’s workers is worsening by the day, as companies increasingly exploit workers’ fears of retaliation, according to a new report.
The Human Rights Commission has called for action to protect workers’ rights in the wake of the Rotherham grooming scandal, and it has urged employers to “avoid any retaliation that could be seen as retaliatory to or against any member of staff”.
The Rotherman scandal was the latest to hit the UK, which was one of the first to introduce legislation in 2014 aimed at tackling sexual exploitation.
But the report says that although there has been an increase in prosecutions in the past year, the real threat to workers’ human rights is that they are being “harassed and mistreated”.
In addition, workers fear that they could be forced to leave the UK if they come forward and report abuse, and that employers are increasingly using their legal systems to silence and harass workers.
“The scale and scale of the abuses in Rotheram is appalling and the impact on those who work in this industry is real,” said Jo Swinson, a campaigner for the Campaign for the Abolition of Forced Labour.
She said the number of complaints had increased in recent years.
There has been a “huge increase in the number” of workers who are reporting sexual abuse, the report found, but this is happening with “very limited public attention”.
“If employers are aware of a complaint and don’t act on it, that’s an abuse of the system,” she said.
Employers’ reluctance to act against sexual exploitation in Roddick and Rothermanshire is “clearly rooted in fear”, the report said.
It said there is a “clear lack of awareness of what’s happening to the women, children and other vulnerable workers” in Riddick and other parts of Rothermough.
Rothermouh, a town of around 2,000 in Lancashire, is one of England’s poorest areas, and the human resources manager for a local council said it had seen a “massive” increase in complaints from female staff in recent months.
In February, the council announced it was “making significant changes” to its procedures to deal with sexual harassment.
It said it would require staff to attend weekly sexual harassment workshops and was launching a “zero tolerance” culture, with a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment in the workplace.
Other councils have introduced a zero tolerance policy in the last few years.
A report published last year by the National Union of Teachers said it “would be wrong” to believe that the Roddicks were “truly isolated”, but that there had been an “increasing trend” of people speaking out.
A spokesman for the Riddicks Council said that in 2016, it took action against seven people suspected of sexual harassment, with eight people arrested.
However, the spokesperson said the council “does not take complaints of sexual violence very seriously”.
This is because the majority of staff are male and are often the targets of bullying, he said.
“They are not treated fairly by the council.
As a result, many of the women who speak out and raise concerns about abuse, such as the one who told us she had been raped, are often dismissed or ostracised by staff.”
We are working hard to address this and will continue to do so.
“There have also been allegations that staff have been sexually harassed by managers and that staff are being punished by having their employment contracts cancelled if they do not comply with grooming laws.
Staff at the Roody Park Care Centre, which is run by the Care Quality Commission, said that the centre “is not an isolated case” and that “there are people there who have worked at Roodys before”.
However the centre said that it “does receive complaints of staff abuse, including some that are not reported to us”.
A spokesperson for the Care Trust, which runs the centre, said: “We believe it is a case of abuse against vulnerable people.
It’s also an abuse against the workers and families we serve.
“We are looking into the issue.
It is important to remember that carers are a valued part of our workforce.”
In June, the Care Agency, which manages care homes, announced it would “immediately review” the way it deals with allegations of abuse.
According to a Care Agency statement, the organisation “is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of its staff and clients, including ensuring that care homes and other organisations have adequate safeguards in place”.
At the Rodhamcare Centre, the head of human resources said the group “has received numerous reports of staff being subjected to sexual abuse”.
She added that the Care Authority was investigating all claims of sexual assault and that the organisation was “working