Bangladesh Caterers Association held a highly successful protest at the Palace of Westminster on the 10th of July 2018 to lobby for change of the discriminatory policies that has damaged one of the greatest British immigration success stories of all times, that of the Great British Curry Industry. The Protest organised and attended by over 2000 members and regional supporters from across the UK and was reinforced by the backing of over 35 Members of parliament.
Fighting for the Survival of the Great British Curry Industry President, Mr Kamal Yakub states “ We have been used as a conduit for votes at the EU referendum and made to think that the immigration laws would be changed to reflect our needs but crippled by the promises of the likes of Former Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson MP, Nigel Farage MEP and Priti Patel MP who gave assurances of a review of the immigration law and policies. We are gravely disappointed and have been left with no alternative but to lobby strongly”.
Every year the Curry Industry contributes £4.2 Billion in Tax Revenue but now the industry has been hit for the past decade by unfair skilled migrant policies and excessive UKBA raids.
The resignation of former EU Secretary David Davis MP amid concerns that neither terms of a soft or hard Brexit is in sight has made it necessary for the UK Curry Industry to execute a campaign targeting the views of skilled workers and the direct policies that impact greatly on it’s progression.
Celebrity Chef and Secretary General Mr Oli Khan of The Bangladesh Caterers Association (BCA) says “ Teresa May is not only failing this country as a whole but has failed to comprehend the impact of these draconian policies that has hit at the heart of the curry Industry and its growth.
The campaign for a review of the immigration policy and fairer post Brexit policy has never been so relevant as it is now and with the focus on SME’s as the lifeline to a UK economic recovery it just does not seem as though she has any grasp of what it will take to retain and support the British Curry Industry and to ensure its sustainability”.
“Brexit negotiations are on a knife’s edge. However we at BCA are depending on the politicians understanding and willingness to listen to the needs of our communities and work with us to save this sector and create a sustainable Industry that honours our forefathers contribution and assists us in its preservation of our industry and to ensure that it is one that our young entrepreneurs can be proud of”. said S R Bipul, Chief Treasurer of the BCA.
The Great British curry industry has been suffering since the government’s change in policy over 10 years ago and the cap on skilled workers was introduced. We urge the government to review and reverse this policy as this cap is creating a vacuum in the area of skilled chefs, damaging growth and sustainability of the curry industry.
Previous attempts by this and former governments to train chefs within specialized Training Centres of Excellence in the UK have consistently failed to produce the skilled chefs required to address the shortage. Closures of restaurants around the country are at an alarming rate of 3-4 per week.
Heavy handed raids by UKBA and heavily imposed penalties add to the burden levied upon the restaurateurs eager to maintain and survive the current economic climate.
We call on the Government to:
• Recognise the unique characteristics of ethnic catering, and to
Review the criteria and salary bandings on the Occupations
• Stop all disruptive Border Immigration Agency (BIA) actions.
• Recognise urgently our industry as an area of skills shortage
and relax the rules accordingly to allow urgent recruitment.
• Recognise the unique language and authentic characteristics of
• Work with our communities to invest in specific skill training
programmes, which would resolve long-term labour problems
in the British ethnic catering businesses and provide
employment opportunities for local people.
• Support the move to regularise undocumented workers which would
alleviate much of the pressure of providing a work placement for skilled