Definition of gangmaster in English:



  • A person who organizes and oversees the work of casual manual labourers.

    • ‘Detectives said the scale of the exploitation of the immigrant workers was ‘appalling’ and revealed they were closing in on the gangmasters suspected of sending the immigrants to their deaths.’
    • ‘As it will be much harder for gangmasters to employ illegal labour, the Home Office will be able to deem the Morecambe Bay problem ‘solved’.’
    • ‘We want legitimate gangmasters and legitimate employment agencies.’
    • ‘In particular we heard no evidence to satisfy us that the alleged subcontractors had agreed with the labourers or their gangmasters, in advance, as to the terms and conditions on which they were hired.’
    • ‘Others are employed in domestic labour or for gangmasters in farms and factories.’
    • ‘Sources are said to have reported that workers preparing vegetables and fresh fruit around Britain were being kept under control by gangmasters armed with Stanley knives and guns.’
    • ‘They work long hours for low pay and live in cramped conditions, almost totally controlled by their gangmaster.’
    • ‘They talk about gangmasters as being the only issue.’
    • ‘Only the statutory licensing of gangmasters will start the process of enforcing existing labour laws to protect gang workers.’
    • ‘It is designed to prevent the exploitation of vulnerable groups of workers and regulate the activities of gangmasters.’
    • ‘He said the proposed powers against employers were designed to catch companies, gangmasters and employment agencies who hire illegals on a large scale.’
    • ‘Recently, itinerant workers - some illegal immigrants - have moved into the trade, at the risk of being exploited by gangmasters.’
    • ‘There are an estimated 3,000 gangmasters, or labour providers, operating in Britain, with about 250 big players.’
    • ‘Even a parliamentary inquiry last year into illegal seasonal labour and exploitation by gangmasters appears to have achieved little in stopping the employment black market.’
    • ‘It is important we bring in legislation that identifies these gangmasters so the people employed are treated with dignity and respect.’
    • ‘‘Unable to speak English and under the control of a gangmaster, these people were being paid one-fifth of the standard rate for their work,’ she added.’
    • ‘If the Bill becomes law, it would be illegal for gangmasters to employ people without having a license.’
    • ‘It is thought that at least 3,000 gangmasters - employing up to 100,000 workers, many of them illegal immigrants - operate in fields such as shellfish collection, agriculture, food processing and packaging.’
    • ‘By exploiting these young and vulnerable people through cheap labour, the gangmasters are making vast sums of money.’
    • ‘These sectors have regularly been found employing migrant labour through gangmasters who abuse workers.’