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Good neighbours scheme targets illegal immigrants

29 Mar 17 The Considerate Constructors Scheme has widened its remit from encouraging construction sites to be good neighbours to helping to root out illegal immigrants working on them.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) is behind a new campaign called ‘Spotlight on…illegal workers’.

In the opinion of CCS chief executive Edward Hardy, “ensuring the legitimacy of the workforce is one of the key challenges facing the construction industry today”.

The focus of this campaign is not on whether workers have the right training, qualifications or cards but on their immigration and visa status.

The scheme has added two questions to its site monitors’ checklist, asking if spot checks are carried out on employees’ right to work status, and asking if subcontractors have their own checking processes.

“The scheme’s ‘Spotlight on…illegal workers’ campaign provides the industry with the ‘go to’ resource to fully understand how it can effectively tackle illegal working, and ultimately help to improve construction’s image and reputation,” said Mr Hardy.

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