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CSSA frustrated by news that illegal migrants are not pursued for economic reasons
This week's Daily Telegraph newspaper revealed that the UK Border Agency is giving up on attempts to locate some 80,000 illegal migrants to the UK for economic reasons. These cases are the remainder of the over 500,000 cases discovered at the Home Office in 2006. Of those, some 180,000 had been allowed to remain, because they had settled by the time their cases were considered.
Responding to these revelations, Cleaning & Support Services Association Chief Executive Andrew Large said: "I am greatly frustrated at this news, which seems to drive a coach and horses through UK policy on illegal working. How can legitimate employers be expected to police their workforce when the Government itself has given up on the job?"
"If an employer said that it was not worth checking the immigration status of its workforce it would be fined £10,000 per person who was not checked... Why is the Government not held to the same standards?"
"Legitimate employers want to work with the Government to reduce the incidence of illegal working to a minimum. This task is made all the more difficult when the Government itself gives up on finding 80,000 potential illegal workers."
The Daily Telegraph article can be found here:
The CSSA has worked closely with UKBA to ensure that policy on illegal working meets the needs of large scale employers of non-EU labour.
"We will ensure that they are aware of our concerns in this case," said Andrew.
Established in 1967, the CSSA is the UK trade association for private sector employers in the contract cleaning sector. Its members are among the leading providers of outsourced cleaning services to all other UK business sectors, hospitals and local authorities.
If you would like to know more about the benefits that the association can bring to your business or are interested in becoming a member of the CSSA:
27th September 2012