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Chinese restaurant fined for illegal workers

The director of a Chinese restaurant, with premises in both Balbriggan and Drogheda, has been ordered to come up with a charitable donation if he wants to avoid a conviction for employing two people without valid work permits.

Golden Tango Ltd, as a company, has also been ordered to come up with a similar charitable donation for failing to keep records in relation to permits and wages at its Tango Restaurants at Ashfield Rise in Balbriggan and Rathmullen in Drogheda.

Balbriggan District Court heard that following an inspection by an inspector from the WorkPlace Relations on October 18, 2018, the inspector found Jin Xin Cao, working in the restaurant. Mr Cao, who was on a Stamp 3, had no permission to work in the State.

The inspector said he spoke to the restaurant's director Shin Ngo, who was also working in the restaurant, and requested a copy of the roster.

Mr Ngo informed the inspector the restaurant didn't have any rosters or any employment records.

'There was no way of knowing pay, the time employees worked, their gross pay,' the inspector to the court.

The inspector said he inspected the company's Balbriggan branch of the restaurant on October 18, 2018 and came across a second individual, Gabriel Giesing Yong, whose immigration Stamp 2 had expired at the end of September.

Solicitor for Mr Ngo and the restaurant said they accept proper records were not in place.

'One of the individuals had the correct paperwork to work until the end of September, a Stamp 2 while the second individual was a temporary worker filling in for a short time.'

The solicitor explained the company has addressed all its issues and has correct records now. The company has also employed an accountant who is looking after the payroll now.

The solicitor explained the restaurants employ a total of seven people and Mr Ngo, who has been living here for 32 years, works full time in the restaurant.

Judge John Brennan said these 'are very serious matters'.

He said: 'Young people are imported in to work long hours and these are vulnerable people.'

He ordered the company to come up with a €500 charitable donation.

Fingal Independent