As regular contributors to this blog are aware, I'm no supporter of the BNP, but I sometimes wonder if they have got it right on issues like illegal immigrants, when you read stories like we have in today's Sentinel (Click Here)
Three illegal Vietnamese workers have been caught working in two Hanley Nail Bars. One has been deported and the other two face certain deportation pending the completion of the investigations.
As a responsible employer myself, I know how important it is that our businesses remain competitive, but the use of illegal workers is completely unfair to those of us who run legitimate companies.
The manager of one of the two shops raided stated that she used an illegal worker because she came into the country already trained, where if she had employed a British worker she would have had to invest time and money training them.
You have to wonder whether these workers were being paid cash in hand, if they were then the government is being denied the appropriate tax and national insurance that would be due to them, so in a way it's a double whammy!
The UK Border Agency must be applauded for the way it is managing these issues and it proves that the government are serious about the issue of illegal workers and are taking strong action in dealing with the problem. Recently an Australian points system has been introduced and ID cards for foreign nationals.
Companies who take the gamble of employing illegal workers face a fine of up to £10000 per worker if they are caught.
So over to you, are you, like me heartened by the governments hard line on illegal workers?
Do you welcome the Governments recent introduction of a new system in dealing with foreign nationals who want to come to our country?
What more can be done to ensure that people who come to our country do so legally?..........