The Labour group on Suffolk County Council have submitted a motion calling for the council to adopt the Co-operative Party Charter Against Modern Slavery.
The motion reads:
“Suffolk County Council believes that Modern Slavery in all its forms is a scourge on our society and pledges to do all it can, in conjunction with the police and other agencies, to end it.
This council will sign up and implement the Co-Operative Party’s Charter against Modern Slavery which states that Suffolk County Council will:
- Train its corporate procurement team to understand modern slavery through the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply’s (CIPS) online course on Ethical Procurement and Supply.
- Require its contractors to comply fully with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, wherever it applies, with contract termination as a potential sanction for non-compliance.
- Challenge any abnormally low-cost tenders to ensure they do not rely upon the potential contractor practising modern slavery.
- Highlight to its suppliers that contracted workers are free to join a trade union and are not to be treated unfairly for belonging to one.
- Publicise its whistle-blowing system for staff to blow the whistle on any suspected examples of modern slavery.
- Require its tendered contractors to adopt a whistle-blowing policy which enables their staff to blow the whistle on any suspected examples of modern slavery.
- Review its contractual spending regularly to identify any potential issues with modern slavery.
- Highlight for its suppliers any risks identified concerning modern slavery and refer them to the relevant agencies to be addressed.
- Refer for investigation via the National Crime Agency’s national referral mechanism any of its contractors
- Report publicly on the implementation of this policy annually.
And further, this council condemns all forms of modern slavery including Forced Labour, Bonded Labour, Domestic Servitude, Sex Trafficking, and Child Labour; supports action to End Demand for sex trafficking and exploitation through prostitution; and will write to the government to ask them to increase the time for survivors of Modern Slavery to receive support from 45 days to 12 months.”
The motion will be proposed by Cllr Jack Abbott and Cllr Sarah Adams.
The next Council meeting will take place on Thursday 6th December.