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November 13, 2014

Labour has vowed to restore protections for migrant domestic workers in the UK

Chris Bryant MP, the former Shadow Home Office minister, explained at a fringe meeting on Sunday 22nd September 2013 how the changes to the visa which were introduced in April 2012 left migrant domestic workers increasingly vulnerable to exploitation as they are ‘completely tied to their employers’. The party spokesperson on immigration committed that Labour would reintroduce the original overseas domestic worker visa to prevent this form of virtual slavery in Britain.

Kalayaan is delighted that the tied visa has been recognised for what it is; a route which facilitates abuse and exploitation. We applaud Chris Bryant MP for being prepared to take real action to prevent and address slavery and other abuses which take place in private home in the UK.