The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) was formerly the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA). We work in partnership to protect vulnerable and exploited workers. The Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004 was introduced following the death of 23 cockle pickers in Morecambe Bay in February 2004. It created a licensing scheme to regulate the supply of temporary labour to the farming, food processing and shellfish gathering sectors and a licensing authority to administer it. The 2004 Act aimed to protect the most vulnerable workers employed in the regulated sectors by ensuring those engaged in the supply of workers meet the minimum employment and other standards. It also created a number of criminal offences. The most common two are operating as an unlicensed gangmaster and entering into arrangements with an unlicensed gangmaster.