Restaurant manager defends his business after immigration raid

Essex County Standard: Restaurant manager defends his business after immigration raid Restaurant manager defends his business after immigration raid

A RESTAURANT manager has defended his business after an immigration raid found three men were in the UK illegally.

The men were being employed at Plum Valley in Newland Street, Witham, an Indian and Chinese restaaurant.

Checks found two of the Bangladeshi men, 33 and 29, had overstayed their visas and a Chinese man, 38, had entered the UK illegally.

The man have been bailed to report to the Home Office while work to remove them from the country is carried out.

The restaurant is facing a fine of up to £10,000 for each of the workers unless it can prove the correct pre-employment checks were carried out.

Abdul Mohith, 40, Plum Valley’s manager, said: “We will defend our case.

“We’re sending letters to show these people were here legally.

“The children who are born and brought up in this country don’t go into the catering industry because it’s unsociable hours.

“There’s a real shortage of staff.”

The premises was raided by Home Office enforcement officers.

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7:55am Thu 28 Nov 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

They've been bailed to report to the Home Office while work to remove them from the country is carried out? How many times do we here that and there is little chance they will be seen again, until caught in another sleazy restaurant or takeaway with the border agency releasing them again.

Its also rubbish to say children born here don't want to go into catering because of the unsocial hours. It has far more to do with these restaurant owners cutting corners, not paying even minimum wage and using black market tactics to make loads of money for themselves.
They've been bailed to report to the Home Office while work to remove them from the country is carried out? How many times do we here that and there is little chance they will be seen again, until caught in another sleazy restaurant or takeaway with the border agency releasing them again. Its also rubbish to say children born here don't want to go into catering because of the unsocial hours. It has far more to do with these restaurant owners cutting corners, not paying even minimum wage and using black market tactics to make loads of money for themselves. Say It As It Is OK?

8:30am Thu 28 Nov 13

No! I am Spartacus says...

This is the tip of the iceberg. A huge proportion of takeaways and restaurants have illegal staff at one point or another- it is an opportunity to save on wages and not have to comply with employment rights.

This in turn increases the profit margins of a business, which means competitors have to consider the same illegal actions to survive (that or manipulate taxes).

The fines often mentioned are rarely followed through so businesses continue to disregard law... all whilst politicians talk hard, but barely act (unless they, as we so often hear, start talking about a law to prevent, when there are already laws in place...)
This is the tip of the iceberg. A huge proportion of takeaways and restaurants have illegal staff at one point or another- it is an opportunity to save on wages and not have to comply with employment rights. This in turn increases the profit margins of a business, which means competitors have to consider the same illegal actions to survive (that or manipulate taxes). The fines often mentioned are rarely followed through so businesses continue to disregard law... all whilst politicians talk hard, but barely act (unless they, as we so often hear, start talking about a law to prevent, when there are already laws in place...) No! I am Spartacus

11:26am Thu 28 Nov 13

tomtheDJ says...

cheap labour becomes most expensive after a £30000 fine.
that`ll teach them..
but they will go bankrupt, move managers around, reopen under a fanfare with a new name again..



then I suppose do it all over again.
alledgedly ;)
cheap labour becomes most expensive after a £30000 fine. that`ll teach them.. but they will go bankrupt, move managers around, reopen under a fanfare with a new name again.. then I suppose do it all over again. alledgedly ;) tomtheDJ

2:25pm Thu 28 Nov 13

peachey says...

“Abdul Mohith, 40, Plum Valley’s manager, said: “We will defend our case. The children who are born and brought up in this country don’t go into the catering industry because it’s unsociable hours."

RUBBISH - my nephew works in a takeaway and works evenings and weekends. Its not a job he wants to do, he has been to college and trained as an electrician but its a job for now. My neighbour's son also works for a large food chain. I also know some young people who left school this year that would love to find a job but there aren't any.

Dare I say it but how many "British" people do you see working in Asian restaurants anyway, or some car washes for instance, just my opinion.

How dare he use our young people as an excuse for bringing over people for slave labour, disgusting
“Abdul Mohith, 40, Plum Valley’s manager, said: “We will defend our case. The children who are born and brought up in this country don’t go into the catering industry because it’s unsociable hours." RUBBISH - my nephew works in a takeaway and works evenings and weekends. Its not a job he wants to do, he has been to college and trained as an electrician but its a job for now. My neighbour's son also works for a large food chain. I also know some young people who left school this year that would love to find a job but there aren't any. Dare I say it but how many "British" people do you see working in Asian restaurants anyway, or some car washes for instance, just my opinion. How dare he use our young people as an excuse for bringing over people for slave labour, disgusting peachey

3:08pm Thu 28 Nov 13

stevedawson says...

Cameron is wiseing up getting close to ferag.clegg and his liberals are now seen as dreamers.labour is in a mess.looks a done deal that this type of question will decide the out come of the next election.scotland independent england will be a one party country.True blue.
Cameron is wiseing up getting close to ferag.clegg and his liberals are now seen as dreamers.labour is in a mess.looks a done deal that this type of question will decide the out come of the next election.scotland independent england will be a one party country.True blue. stevedawson

7:13pm Thu 28 Nov 13

Boris. says...

Vote UKIP!
Vote UKIP! Boris.

8:44pm Thu 28 Nov 13

southstand says...

The Indian I go in sometimes has more staff than customers! I don't think they are paid at all in some cases just board, just an observation may not be correct.
The Indian I go in sometimes has more staff than customers! I don't think they are paid at all in some cases just board, just an observation may not be correct. southstand

8:46pm Thu 28 Nov 13

25414nora says...

Cameron is just whistling in the dark, He knows his new measures are for .2018, and he'll be long gone by then. and so will his new measures The spectre of immigration is here and now, and is irreversible. The die was cast, the seeds were sown way back in the 1970's.
Cameron is just whistling in the dark, He knows his new measures are for .2018, and he'll be long gone by then. and so will his new measures The spectre of immigration is here and now, and is irreversible. The die was cast, the seeds were sown way back in the 1970's. 25414nora

4:02am Fri 29 Nov 13

Boris says...

Boris. wrote:
Vote UKIP!
Do not vote UKIP.
[quote][p][bold]Boris.[/bold] wrote: Vote UKIP![/p][/quote]Do not vote UKIP. Boris

8:37am Fri 29 Nov 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Boris wrote:
Boris. wrote:
Vote UKIP!
Do not vote UKIP.
Right first time Boris!
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris.[/bold] wrote: Vote UKIP![/p][/quote]Do not vote UKIP.[/p][/quote]Right first time Boris! Say It As It Is OK?

11:35am Fri 29 Nov 13

Checkout says...

Nice one Boris.
Nice one Boris. Checkout

11:47pm Fri 29 Nov 13

Boris. says...

Boris wrote:
Boris. wrote:
Vote UKIP!
Do not vote UKIP.
Sorry had a few too many ales and went soft! Vote ukip
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris.[/bold] wrote: Vote UKIP![/p][/quote]Do not vote UKIP.[/p][/quote]Sorry had a few too many ales and went soft! Vote ukip Boris.

8:12am Sat 30 Nov 13

No! I am Spartacus says...

Boris. wrote:
Boris wrote:
Boris. wrote:
Vote UKIP!
Do not vote UKIP.
Sorry had a few too many ales and went soft! Vote ukip
Now I'm confused... tell us, Guru Boris, what box would thou deem imperative to encounter our cross....?
[quote][p][bold]Boris.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris.[/bold] wrote: Vote UKIP![/p][/quote]Do not vote UKIP.[/p][/quote]Sorry had a few too many ales and went soft! Vote ukip[/p][/quote]Now I'm confused... tell us, Guru Boris, what box would thou deem imperative to encounter our cross....? No! I am Spartacus

1:19pm Sat 30 Nov 13

tomtheDJ says...

No! I am Spartacus wrote:
Boris. wrote:
Boris wrote:
Boris. wrote: Vote UKIP!
Do not vote UKIP.
Sorry had a few too many ales and went soft! Vote ukip
Now I'm confused... tell us, Guru Boris, what box would thou deem imperative to encounter our cross....?
Its not hard is it.
BORIS. fullstop
is not BORIS no full stop. (full stop) :)

even I was confused at first with BORIS. remarks,
but then soon realised it was BORIS no full stop that adminishes me so much.
Vote true blue BORIS.full stop
[quote][p][bold]No! I am Spartacus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris.[/bold] wrote: Vote UKIP![/p][/quote]Do not vote UKIP.[/p][/quote]Sorry had a few too many ales and went soft! Vote ukip[/p][/quote]Now I'm confused... tell us, Guru Boris, what box would thou deem imperative to encounter our cross....?[/p][/quote]Its not hard is it. BORIS. fullstop is not BORIS no full stop. (full stop) :) even I was confused at first with BORIS. remarks, but then soon realised it was BORIS no full stop that adminishes me so much. Vote true blue BORIS.full stop tomtheDJ

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