A recruitment agency has refuted claims that it supplied illegal workers after the home office raided a factory and arrested 32 workers.
Prime Time Recruitment, who supplies workers to Greencore, a sandwich making factory in Bromley-by-Bow, could be fined up to £20,000 per worker if they are found that they did not check employees documents correctly.
Immigration officers raided Greencore and arrested 32 workers as part of the Home office crackdown, with the Mail Online reporting that during the raid workers were allegedly caught trying to get rid of fake identity documents and contacting off shift colleagues telling them not to come to work.
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Workers from Eastern Europe and Africa were arrested, with nine charged with immigration offences and remanded in custody. One was bailed pending further enquires and the remaining 22’s fate is still being decided, however they all could be deported “if appropriate”.
The firm, which supplies retailers such as Asda, Waitrose and Sainbury’s, and the recruitment agency could be fined up to £20,000 per worker if it’s found that they did not check employees’ documents correctly.
A spokesman for Prime Time Recruitment, which supplies Greencore, said: “Prime Time Recruitment wholly refutes any claims that it has employed illegal workers at the Greencore Bow factory.
“Prime Time is strictly and routinely audited to ensure all legal procedures are adhered to.”
A Greencore spokesman added: “Greencore closely follows the Home Office’s guidelines and goes to great lengths to try to ensure that all of our employees fulfil the necessary criteria to work legally in the UK.”
“We are determined to keep pace with the increasingly high quality of false documentation that is being produced and will do everything that we can to ensure that this kind of incident does not recur in the future.”
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