*NEWS*EPSON UK,ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT RAID

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*NEWS*EPSON UK,ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT RAID

 user 2005-05-09 at 10:03:00 am Views: 73
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    Epson Telford factory in illegal immigrant raid
    May
    05

    Almost 60 workers have been
    arrested at Epson Telford’s ink cartridge
    factory in Telford, Shropshire, during a raid by police and immigration
    officers.

    The incident, which will be followed by a period of close
    co-operation between Epson Telford and the immigration authorities, was done
    with the full knowledge and approval of the company’s management.

    The
    authorities became suspicious when Epson sent identification documents of its
    workers to the UK Immigration Authority for routine checking.

    Following
    the raid and resulting investigation, as many as 37 workers were identified as
    living in the UK illegally, a spokeswoman from the Home Office told OPI. She
    added that, at last count, 27 were in detention pending deportation, of which 22
    were from Ghana.

    Spokeswoman for Epson Telford Val Dawson told OPI:
    “Telford is an industrial area where many multinationals are employed, so we
    work closely with the immigration authorities to ensure documents are checked.
    This takes time, so when the authorities became suspicious, the workers in
    question were already working at the factory.

    “But as soon as they
    requested a site visit, we immediately cooperated,” she added.