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Government crackdown on illegal workers sees Chadwell Heath restaurant owner disqualified

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 July 2014 | UPDATED: 14:43 16 July 2014

High Road, Romford.

High Road, Romford.

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A restaurant boss has been banned from being director of any business for the next six years the Home Office has ruled after he was found employing three illegal workers.

Business minister Jo Swinson backs the crackdown on employers taking on illegal workers. Picture: Insolvency Service Business minister Jo Swinson backs the crackdown on employers taking on illegal workers. Picture: Insolvency Service

Mohi Uddin, 31, of East Ham, employed the illegal workers at Massala Caterings Ltd, High Road, Chadwell Heath, and is not allowed to be a company director until 2020 according to the collaborative Home Office and Insolvency Service rulings.

Mr Uddin’s disqualification is due to start on July 18, after the catering company was issued a £15,000 fine.

The business soon went into liquidation as a result of the hefty government fine - a move to help crackdown on those working illegally in the UK.

Speaking to the Recorder, Jo Swinson MP, who is tipped to become part of the Lib Dem cabinet, said: “These cases really illustrate that it’s quite right that the Home Office investigate these cases - these businesses are behaving in a very irresponsible way.”

Three other restaurant directors across the country were also issued with the same ban.

Ms Swinson, who says others doing the same should “look at this story as a wake up call”, added: “There’s clearly a reputational element as well, because this information is in the public domain.”

“The businesses that flout all of these laws are creating an uneven playing field.”

The under secretary of state for business said that some illegal workers can sometimes be subject to exploitation.

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

Ms Swinson is supporting the government’s tough approach to dealing with employers who take on employees that don’t have the right to work in the UK.

She added: “We live in a society where the rule of law is important and that’s why we need to have people legally employed and who are paying their taxes.”

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