New watchdog plans to protect workers' rights amid Leicester factory scandal

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The Government has announced plans for a new watchdog which it says could have protected the rights of workers involved in a Leicester factory scandal.

Alleged labour abuses and poor working conditions at city-based factories supplying online fashion giant Boohoo have been cited by union officials following an announcement confirmed today (June 8).

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has revealed proposals to bring responsibility for tackling modern slavery, enforcing the minimum wage and protecting agency workers - which are currently spread across three different bodies - under one roof.

It believes this approach will help improve enforcement through better co-ordination and pooling intelligence.

The new watchdog will provide a port of call for workers, so they know their rights and can whistleblow on bad behaviour,

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