Building contractors face illegal migrant raids

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The construction industry will be singled out for increased wave of checks on contractors to clampdown on illegal migrant workers.

James Brokenshire who is Home Office Minister told the Times newspaper  that the Government will be using all avenues  to crackdown on “rogue employers”.

Construction will be a targeted sector for raids alongside the care and cleaning industries.

Brokenshire commneted: “Rogue employers who give jobs to illegal migrants are denying work to UK citizens and legal migrants, and helping drive down wages.”

“Experience tells us that employers who are prepared to cheat employment rules are also likely to breach health and safety rules and pay insufficient tax.”

“That’s why our new approach will be to use the full force of government machinery to hit them from all angles and take away the unfair advantage enjoyed by those who employ illegal migrants.”

One contractor commented: “This sounds like more Government grandstanding over the Calais situation.

“UK sites would grind to a halt without migrant workers and the vast majority are here perfectly legally as EU members.”