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Complainant Name:
Mr Bernard Gaughan

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Scotsman

Complaint:

Mr Bernard Gaughan of East Lothian complained that the newspaper had inaccurately stated that his company brought in agricultural workers from overseas, and that it had given the false impression that some of his employees might not be working legitimately.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper agreed to publish the following correction:

In a television review published on Tuesday April 21 of a programme entitled “The Tattie Howkers” which dealt with issues surrounding migrant agricultural workers we stated “there are still agricultural workers coming to Scotland, from countries such as Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. They’re brought over by recruitment bosses such as Bernard Gaughan – grandson of Irish field workers, son of a ganger. Perhaps they’re not sleeping in cowsheds, but they too slip under the radar for most of us.”

We would like to make it clear that Mr Gaughan has never brought workers into the UK, that his company, Total Labour Solutions, operates under the strict licensing conditions of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority and that Mr Gaughan has campaigned to improve the rights of workers in this sector. We apologise for our error.

Report: 79



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