29 November 2010
28 workers without a UK Visa found at Wales power station
The UK Border Agency has caught 28 illegal workers, by far the largest illegal working operation in Wales in year, at the construction site of a new power station.
The illegal workers, all from India, were employees of an as yet unnamed sub-contractor and were found at Pembroke Power Station and five other properties.
The sub-contractor has been served with a civil penalty notice, and faces fines of up to £10,000 for each illegal worker unless it can prove that it carried out necessary checks to ensure they had a UK Visa or the right to work in the UK.
Eleven of the workers were last night in UK Immigration detention pending deportation; another 16 have been placed on immigration bail while the UK Border Agency secures the emergency travel documents necessary to deport them. One man was also arrested on suspicion of using a false identity document.
The UK Border Agency said that acting on information, its officers and Dyfed-Powys Police entered the power station site on Thursday morning.
Julian Smith, head of the UK Border Agency’s South-West Wales immigration team said: “This was a very complex operation which involved questioning 51 workers and carrying out searches of five residential addresses.”
“It was by far the biggest illegal working operation in Wales this year,” he said.
A spokeswoman for Alstom Power Ltd said yesterday: “Representatives from the UK Border Agency visited the Pembroke power station project in relation to a small number of alleged non-UK nationals employed by a sub-contractor working on the site. All of Alstom’s sub contractors are required to fully comply with UK law and Alstom is working closely with the UK Border Agency to ensure all contractors are strictly following UK immigration and employment rules.”
The UK Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with their UK immigration applications to the British High Commission.