The Bangladesh Caterras Association (BCA) has demanded that the Government re-consider the immigration police to save the curry industry in the UK. The organisation has also called upon the community to create pressure on the Government to act on this demands. To highlight this demands, BCA is organising a protest meeting in front of the Parliament House in Westminster on 10th of July.
The leaders of BCA told in a recent press conference that the curry industry is passing a struggle-filled time due to Government’s strict control over the immigration on skilled labour. Press and Publication Secretary of BCA Farhad Hossain Tipu read out the written statement at the press conference. President of BCA Kamal Yakub presided over the meeting and Helal Malik conducted it.
Other leaders who addressed the audience included Secretary General Oli Khan, Chief Treasurer Sydur Rahman Bipul, former Secretary General M A Munim, Cllr Parvez Ahmed, Mujahid Ali Chowdhury, Organising Secretary Mithu Chowdhury, Foyjul Haque, Tipu Rahman, Qamruzzaman Jewel, Altafur Rahman Shahin, Atiqur Rahman, Rahima Begum, Fazle Rabbi and Shamsul Haque Khan.
President Kamal Yakub also said that in past the UK Government established few training centers to train people to be skilled chef, however, that project failed drastically and as a result, there is acute shortage of skilled chef in this country. Every week there are three of four restaurants closures due to skilled staff shortage. On the other hand UK Border Agency’s raids for illegal immigrants and big fines are discouraging many entrepreneurs to invest in curry industry.
On these circumstances BCA calls upon the Government to take following actions:
To agree that the curry industry is unique in regards to the requirement of skilled chef from a particular ethnic background;
To stop harassment and raids by the UK Border Agency;
To give Curry industry a special status in regards to its uniqueness;
To work with the community and invest hugely to resolve the skills staff shortages in specific origin based curry industry which would in turn generate employment;
To resolve the skilled chef crisis the Government should provide temporary legality to those who does not have proper legal papers to work in this country;
BCA Secretary General Oli Khan said that in 2008 at Trafalgar Square rally, different immigrant communities and the general people came together and urged the government to resolve the crisis that is being suffered by the curry industry.
In his speech he also said that Curry industry has been playing a very important role in country’s economy. 4.2 billion pounds has been paid as revenue from the curry industry. So now it is time to act for the Government and take necessary actions to save this industry. The Government should also ensure the sustained progress in this industry so that the curry industry can get back it lost pride and prosper.