Action on modern slavery
Bishopston and Ashley Down councillor Tom Brook was praised by Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees, for his work representing Bristol at the Co-operative Local Government conference earlier this year.
He has been instrumental in helping to drive the council to join the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network, a collaboration between local authorities who are committed to finding better ways of working for, and with, local people for the benefit of their local community. Mayor Rees confirmed at the Co-operative Party’s national conference in Bristol on 14 October that Bristol is joining the network.
Tom Brook is Convener of the Co-operative Party councillors in Bristol and highlighted Bristol’s work at the forefront of supply chain transparency, more ethical working practices, and efforts to tackle the scourge of modern slavery. Bristol City Council has adopted a modern slavery charter, one of the first councils in the country to do so.
Councillor Brook said: “Like every area in the UK, and as the major economic hub for the region, Bristol faces the challenge of modern slavery. Our city is home to dedicated specialist organisations including Unseen and TISCreport[.org] who, like Mayor Marvin Rees’s administration, are committed to tackling this criminal practice head-on.
“Bristol was the first city in the UK to commit to supply chain transparency and have developed a strong partnership with the police, Trades Union Congress, Business West, the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, and many others to make a real difference.”