Tesco's Fined £115,000 Over Mass Warehouse Raid On Illegal Workers
6 Nov 2012
Britain's largest retailer Tesco has been fined a massive £115,000 for illegally employing foreign workers at a South London distribution warehouse.
UK Border Agency (UKBA) staff arrested 20 foreign students for alleged breaches of working visa conditions following a major raid at their Tesco.com facility in Croydon, South London which organizes home deliveries.
Officers found that the students, Bangladeshis and Indians, had been working far in excess of the permitted working hours allowed by their visa conditions.
After looking at other Testco staff member's records of employment, a further 3 were found to be in breach of the visa conditions, and action was taken in those cases as well.
The raid took place 3 months ago on 21 July at 3 in the morning.
UKBA fined Tesco £115,000, equalling £5,000 per worker. The maximum fine is £10,000.
The illegal students were found to have been working between 50 and 70 hours a week during the school term, when their visas only permitted 20 hours paid work.
Tesco is a major employer in the UK as well as its largest retailer.
A UKBA spokesperson told Balita Pinoy:
"This fine shows that we will not hesitate to take action against employers that break the rules. Illegal working has a serious impact on our communities and where we have intelligence to suggest it is taking place we will take action, as we have done in this case.
It is the legal responsibility of all employers to make sure employees have the right to work in the UK and those who don't face serious fines. We are always willing to work with employers to make sure they carry out the necessary checks and Tesco has co-operated fully with our investigation."