Byron Burger deeply fried
Byron Burger has come under fire for allegedly running a sting operation to deport its migrant employees.
Scores of campaigners protested outside the chain’s Holborn premises and slammed its treatment of illegal workers.
According to various media reports, employees who were deported after being called in to attend fake training sessions, had “ripped families apart”.
— Huffington Post UK (@HuffPostUK) August 2, 2016
Ewa Jasiewicz, of Unite’s hotel workers branch, said: “Byron handled the situation appallingly, now public opinion is on the side of the deported workers who were mistreated and disrespected.
“This is the sharp end of it people who don’t have the right documents being discarded like trash.”
a couple of hundred people already gathered outside central London Byron Burger to protest immigration raids pic.twitter.com/VdYoY71mJb
— Michael Segalov (@MikeSegalov) August 1, 2016
Byron said in a statement: “Byron was unaware that any of our workers were in possession of counterfeit documentation until the Home Office brought it to our attention.
“We carry out rigorous ‘right to work’ checks, but sophisticated counterfeit documentation was used in order to pass these checks.
“We have cooperated fully and acted upon the Home Office’s requests and processes throughout the course of their investigations: it is our legal obligation to do so.
“We have also worked hard to ensure minimal impact on our customers while this operation was under way.”