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Twitter cries 'slave labour!' as UK meat industry seeks to employ prisoners to plug shortage

Thousands of working-class jobs in the UK remain unfilled, so corporations want to tap more of a particular source of labour – involuntary residents of Her Majesty's prisons. Some see it as a throwback to chain gangs of old.

On Monday, a leading association of the British meat industry met government officials to ask for greater scope to employ inmates eligible under the Release On Temporary Licence (ROTL) programme. It grants low-risk prisoners short day leaves for various reasons, including to work paid or unpaid jobs.

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) currently has about 14,000 job vacancies and hopes that the Ministry of Justice can help fill some of them. Tony Goodger, an AIMS spokesman, told the BBC that association members have experience employing inmates under ROTL and were pleased with the experience, finding such workers "well behaved, hard-working, and willing to learn".

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