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Phone line for reporting illegal workers?

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A PHONE line that encourages Islanders to report illegal workers could be introduced, a hearing was told yesterday.

Speaking at a Scrutiny hearing on a new law designed to help control Jersey's spiralling immigration rates and ensure that local residents get priority for jobs, the head of the Island's Population Office, Paul Bradbury, said that a culture of whistleblowing could be key to ensuring that the new system is enforced.

In March the States are due to consider the new Control of Housing and Work Law for the final time before it comes into force later in the year. Under the legislation every Islander would be required to present a card showing their employment status.

This would be either 'licensed' or 'unlicensed', the latter reflecting under five years' residency.

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