Radio presenter Nick Ferrari clashes on air over Byron Burgers’ heavy-handed approach to immigration
The restaurant chain, Byron Burgers, caused controversy after they invited workers to a health and safety meeting, which then led to them being questioned by Home Office officials.
Members of staff from Albania, Brazil, Egypt and Nepal were kept back and now face exportation. Confirmation from the Home Office says that 35 people in total, from all four countries, were rounded up during the raid.
Social media websites have cursed the burger restaurant chain, after supposedly colluding with the Home Office to arrest and detain a number of its migrant workers at the beginning of August, in an effort to prevent being fined £700,000.
The raid has given rise to protests outside Byron Burger restaurants, with one protest group setting free, locusts and cockroaches into the restaurant’s kitchen.
The protester, Petros Elia, phoned into Nick Ferrari’s live LBC show and said that Byron Burgers’ behaviour was ‘disgusting’ and that they had ‘ruined the lives’ of the workers.
During the interview, Mr Elia proclaimed that Byron had “entrapped their employees and destroyed the lives of dozens or workers”.
However, when Mr Ferrari, who confessed that he sympathised with the workers over the ‘aggressive approach’ taken by Byron Burgers, attempted to point out to the caller that the staff were working illegally, Mr Elia refused to answer the question.
Ferrari carried on trying to push Mr Elia into a response, saying: “You would want to crack down on illegal workers, wouldn’t you?”
Mr Elia still refused to acknowledge that the members of staff were working in the country illegally and replied: “I support every human being, being treated with dignity and respect.”
Ferrari then responded with: “No no no, I answered your question, so perhaps you’d be kind enough to answer mine.”
Mr Ferrari asked Mr Elia whether he agreed that if people working here were found to be working illegally, they should be investigated and if need be, deported.
Ferrari went on to say that this was what Byron Burger’s were doing but that they had done it in a clumsy and ugly way.
At the sixth time of being asked, Mr Elia still did not answer the question.
After turning down the volume on Mr Elia’s voice, Nick Ferrari wrapped it up, saying: “If they’re here illegally, they’ll have to go.”
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