Illegal workers found at reputable Indian restaurant

14 Feb 2012 | Posted by Carl Thomas

A highly-praised Indian restaurant in Glasgow has been employing illegal workers, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) has confirmed.

The Ashoka on Elderslie Street was found to be employing four Indian men despite their conflicting UK immigration status.

After receiving the intelligence, the officers raided the restaurant on February 11th. They have now detained the men while their removal from the country is organised.

Meanwhile, the restaurant has been served with a civil penalty notice for employing illegal workers. If the managers are able to prove that the required checks for UK visas or passports were carried out before the individuals were offered a job they will get off without a fine. Otherwise, the issue could cost them a maximum of £40,000

Adam Scarcliffe, assistant director of the UKBA in Scotland, commented: “The UK Border Agency is working constantly to stamp down on people who are in the country illegally and the businesses which employ them.

"Employing illegal workers undercuts honest businesses and defrauds the public purse. There is no excuse for using illegal labour, and if people ignore our immigration laws, we will find them and remove them from the country.”