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Rt Hon Priti Patel MP Home Secretary, Home Office,
2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF.
Dear Rt. Hon. Ms Priti Patel, MP
25 March 2020
RE: Bangladesh Caterer’s Association Urges an Immediate Amnesty for Undocumented Workers
I am writing to you on behalf of Bangladesh Caterer’s Association (BCA) and as you know, we have been actively campaigning about the shortage of skilled curry chefs in this country since 2005. The UK’s curry industry is struggling, now more so with the current pandemic. The years of lack of skilled chefs and trained restaurant staff that have not been available here in the UK has had a detrimental impact on our curry houses and livelihoods.
We understand that the government is treating logistics workers in the same way as the emergency services or NHS staff and urge you Home Secretary to view UK undocumented workers in the same light. We urgently request an amnesty for these workers for following key reasons:
• Prime Minister Johnson, himself has advocated the idea of an amnesty for illegal migrants on numerous occasions and has been in favour of this idea for some time.
• These workers are currently underground, with no access to the NHS or any medical care, which in these current pandemic times, is dangerous as they may well be spreading the virus and there is no way to track these workers.
• It will immediately alleviate the pressures being experienced by the curry industry, particularly during these chaotic and complex times of the country’s battle with coronavirus.
These are extraordinary times, requiring extraordinary measures. It is right the Government takes necessary and proportionate measures to prevent, treat and control the coronavirus, but these forgotten workers must be also at the centre of any response!
This means not only taking appropriate steps to protect us all, but also ensuring that the needs of the most vulnerable receive particular attention. We look forward to your response.
Yours sincerely
M A Munim President,
Bangladesh Caterers Association