Michael Connarty MP was presented with flowers outside Parliament for supporting the rights of domestic workers.
The charities Justice for Domestic Workers, Unite the Union and Kalayaan, have been fighting to change the “Tied Domestic Worker visa”, which they say essentially traps domestic workers entering the UK with their employer and allows them to become ‘modern day slaves’.
Workers on the tied visa are more likely to have been physically abused, never allowed out of their employers’ home, forced to sleep in the lounge or even the kitchen and to work more than 16 hours a day.
Michael has worked for years with The Joint Committee on the Draft Modern Slavery Bill.
The previous government had a three year visa for migrant workers which was revoked when the coalition came to power.
The committee called on the Government to take immediate action so workers need never fear again.