Restau­rant boss gets il­le­gal work­ers warn­ing

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THE owner of a pop­u­lar In­dian restau­rant has been given a warn­ing after three men were found to be il­le­gally work­ing at his premises.

Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cers vis­ited the award-win­ning White­croft In­dian Bar and Restau­rant in Oswaldtwistle and found three staff mem­bers – two Bangladeshis and a Su­danese – who were not legally per­mit­ted to work there.

Hyn­d­burn Coun­cil’s li­cens­ing sub-com­mit­tee met to re­view the premises li­cence which, if re­voked, would pro­hibit the restau­rant from selling al­co­hol.

Mem­bers heard the venue on Hasling­den Old Road had a turnover of about £6,000 per week, with 40 per cent of that made through al­co­hol sales.

Owner Ri­hibur Rah­man said the restau­rant would no longer be fi­nan­cially vi­able if their premises li­cence was re­voked and they would have to close down.

So­lic­i­tor Nick Dear­ing, rep­re­sent­ing Mr Rah­man, said his client recog­nised the se­ri­ous­ness of the sit­u­a­tion.

White­croft, which was awarded the ti­tle of Best Restau­rant for Lan­cashire at the Bri­tish Curry Life Awards 2018 in Oc­to­ber, caters for up to 100 peo­ple and op­er­ates with eight full-time em­ploy­ees.

The meet­ing heard a visit from im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cers on Septem­ber 21 found three of Mr Rah­man’s work­ers were not en­ti­tled to work in the UK.

One of the em­ploy­ees, pro­vided false doc­u­ments in re­la­tion to his iden­tity, the meet­ing was told. An­other sup­plied a false pass­port and fake na­tional in­sur­ance de­tails to the com­pany when he started, it was claimed.

Two other em­ploy­ees were en­ti­tled to be in the UK but had no right to be in em­ploy­ment, coun­cil­lors heard.

Mr Dear­ing said Mr Rah­man had since taken steps to en­sure all his em­ploy­ees had the right to work in the UK and would be in­stalling a UV check­ing ma­chine to make sure all pass­ports were real.

He added: “Mr Rah­man is gen­uinely com­mit­ted to mak­ing sure this mis­take is never re­peated.

“These were work­ing on a ba­sis.

“He now re­fuses to al­low any­one to work at the premises un­til he has seen their doc­u­men­ta­tion.”

Com­mit­tee chair­man coun­cil­lor Tim O’Kane said: “We ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that you have been hon­est with us and ac­cepted that it is a very se­ri­ous of­fence.

“The men who were work­ing il­le­gally have been dealt with and we did not feel it fair on the other em­ploy­ees of White­croft to take the blan­ket de­ci­sion to re­voke the premises li­cence, which would pun­ish these peo­ple as well.

“We will be keep­ing an eye on you and wish you well with your busi­ness.” men ca­sual

White­croft In­dian Bar and Restau­rant in Oswaldtwistle

Ri­hibur Rah­man

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