Cwmbran restaurant boss caught employing illegal workers

Cwmbran restaurant boss caught employing illegal workers

Cwmbran restaurant boss caught employing illegal workers

First published in News

A CWMBRAN restaurant boss who broke UK immigration laws by employing illegal workers has been disqualified as a director.

Oxford resident Eric Chung Man Ho, 35, employed two workers illegally at his Chinese restaurant, the Oriental Gardens II, in Cwmbran.

Oriental Gardens II, based on Station Road, Pontnewydd, was incorporated in October 2011 and he was the sole director of the company.

He has now been banned from managing or controlling a company for six years, with the disqualification starting on July 15, following collaboration between the Insolvency Service and Home Office Immigration Enforcement..

Business Minister, MP Jo Swinson, said: “People who employ illegal workers are not only breaking the law, they are also damaging their local economy. From stopping people from getting honest jobs to undermining businesses in their communities, the costs are huge.”

She added that “disqualifications give a strong warning that the Government is determined to stamp out these illegal practices and will take tough action against anyone flouting the law.”

The restaurant was visited by Home Office Immigration Enforcement in 2012 when the illegal workers were discovered.

Commenting on the disqualification, Richard Mulligan, Deputy Head of Company Investigations at the Insolvency Service, explained that directors who employ illegal workers seek "an unfair advantage over their competitors by employing individuals who did not have the right to work in the UK in breach of their duties as directors.”

A Home Office spokesman added: “Illegal working is not victimless. It undercuts honest employers, cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities and defrauds the taxpayer.

“Businesses should be aware that they have a duty to check that their staff have permission to work in the UK. We are happy to work with employers who play by the rules but those who do not should know that they will not go under our radar.”

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9:03am Wed 16 Jul 14

Petrus Barba says...

Employers of illegal workers can be fined £20,000 for each person employed. No mention of such a penalty here!
Employers of illegal workers can be fined £20,000 for each person employed. No mention of such a penalty here! Petrus Barba
  • Score: 11

10:58am Wed 16 Jul 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

This is 'par for the course' with Chinese takeaways.
It is often worth the fine to keep employing these workers as is evidenced by repeat offending rates.
Maybe they should increase the fine to £50,000 per person and that may then have the desired effect.
This is 'par for the course' with Chinese takeaways. It is often worth the fine to keep employing these workers as is evidenced by repeat offending rates. Maybe they should increase the fine to £50,000 per person and that may then have the desired effect. Cymru Am Beth
  • Score: 11

12:59pm Wed 16 Jul 14

displayed says...

This is the only way they can afford to run a restaurant!
This is the only way they can afford to run a restaurant! displayed
  • Score: -5

3:21pm Wed 16 Jul 14

taffygwent says...

Continual lawbreakers should be deported
Continual lawbreakers should be deported taffygwent
  • Score: 7

6:28pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Head Honcho says...

This is bad news for all local bookmakers!
This is bad news for all local bookmakers! Head Honcho
  • Score: 4

8:29pm Wed 16 Jul 14

stevey says...

I suppose the illegal workers had undertaken a course in food hygiene? But then again...........
I suppose the illegal workers had undertaken a course in food hygiene? But then again........... stevey
  • Score: 3

8:45pm Wed 16 Jul 14

gingertom says...

This is happening in other establishments such as take aways in wales.
This is happening in other establishments such as take aways in wales. gingertom
  • Score: 0

8:49pm Wed 16 Jul 14

gingertom says...

A telltale sign is not being able to see through the windows because curtains are constantly closed and the amount of bunkbeds in the flat above the takeaway.
A telltale sign is not being able to see through the windows because curtains are constantly closed and the amount of bunkbeds in the flat above the takeaway. gingertom
  • Score: 4

8:44am Fri 18 Jul 14

mrleebob says...

Make them legal, make them pay taxes. Get them in the system so we can benefit from their pay. Cheaper and easier than fighting to deport them.
Make them legal, make them pay taxes. Get them in the system so we can benefit from their pay. Cheaper and easier than fighting to deport them. mrleebob
  • Score: 0

10:37am Thu 24 Jul 14

mkaibear1 says...

mrleebob wrote:
Make them legal, make them pay taxes. Get them in the system so we can benefit from their pay. Cheaper and easier than fighting to deport them.
This. Exactly this.

Tax them on their income and suddenly it becomes less attractive to travel here. On top of that economic migrants tend to be young (and hence on the most part fit and healthy) so they'll pay for the NHS and services which our aging population needs.

We also need to fight this on the other end (the employers' end) - I would suggest if you employ someone "cash in hand" (whether your employee is a legal citizen or illegal immigrant) there is a set fine of 5 times the amount of tax you should have paid.

Make it less profitable for employers to employ illegal immigrants. Make it less profitable for economic migrants to work here. Rake in the money from those who do choose to work here.

Win/win/win.
[quote][p][bold]mrleebob[/bold] wrote: Make them legal, make them pay taxes. Get them in the system so we can benefit from their pay. Cheaper and easier than fighting to deport them.[/p][/quote]This. Exactly this. Tax them on their income and suddenly it becomes less attractive to travel here. On top of that economic migrants tend to be young (and hence on the most part fit and healthy) so they'll pay for the NHS and services which our aging population needs. We also need to fight this on the other end (the employers' end) - I would suggest if you employ someone "cash in hand" (whether your employee is a legal citizen or illegal immigrant) there is a set fine of 5 times the amount of tax you should have paid. Make it less profitable for employers to employ illegal immigrants. Make it less profitable for economic migrants to work here. Rake in the money from those who do choose to work here. Win/win/win. mkaibear1
  • Score: 0

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