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Pizza Hut has stuck by its HR department, after it was fined for the hiring illegal workers in two of its restaurants.

The huge Pizza chain was caught employing illegal workers at their Reading and Hounslow and fined £5,000 for each incident.

Figures from the UK Border Agency (UKBA)  reveal that Pizza Hut is not alone, with 1,161 firms being fined nearly £10 million over the last 16 months as a result of recruiting a total of 2,058 illegal workers.

A spokesperson for Pizza Hut defended the firm:

“This particular incident took place almost a year ago at one of our franchised stores. We have since ensured that all our franchisees have reviewed their processes, in order to prevent this happening again.” Source: HR Review

The UKBA is an agency set up to take control migration and enforcement operations previously run by the Home Office.

The UKBA has today published details of four illegal workers being removed from the UK after being discovered working at a Chinese takeaway in Londonderry.

Phil Taylor, Regional Director for the UK Border Agency in Scotland and Northern Ireland, said: 

‘This successful operation shows that we are determined to crack down on illegal working wherever it occurs, and we’ll act on intelligence to target those businesses which ignore the rules and remove those with no right to be in the UK. The UK Border Agency is happy to work with employers so they understand the rules, but they have a responsibility to carry out the right checks before they employ migrant workers. If they don’t, they could end up potentially having to pay the kind of substantial fines this business is now facing.’

Unfortunately, the deportation of four people will have little effect on the estimated half a million illegal workers in the UK, which leading think tank, ippr, says will take 20 years to remove at a cost of £5 billion.

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