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 Post subject: 3rd World Manchester (or Baghdad?)
PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:02 pm 
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Curry Mile Shisha bar bosses in strike threat at smoke crackdown


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Shisha bar managers

Shisha bosses on Manchester’s Curry Mile are threatening a mass ‘strike’ in protest against a council crackdown on indoor smoking.

Owners of a number of the cafes on Wilmslow Road will meet on Friday to discuss a joint plan to shut up shop for four days.

Supporters believe the move will prove to the town hall how vital the bars are to the local economy in Rusholme.

The move comes after an M.E.N. investigation found all of the 15 shisha cafes we visited were openly flouting the national smoking ban, introduced in 2007.

Eight of the businesses had ALREADY been fined by Manchester council a total of nearly £21,000 in the last 12 months – but continued to allow people to light up indoors.

Shabir Mughal, of the Rusholme Traders Association, claimed typical fines of a few thousands pounds were failing to prove enough of a deterrent.

And council chiefs warned they would step up their campaign against illegal smoking.

A number of venues were raided during the festival of Eid as part of the crackdown.

Now the shisha bar owners have decided to hold a meeting at which they will discuss a number of potential ‘compromises’. They want the authorities to consider legal changes that would allow them to have smoking rooms with strong extractor fans – or be issued with special ‘smoking licences’ which could be withdrawn if their owners misbehaved.

The group will also consider plans for the four-day ‘strike’ if all their demands are ignored.

Mohammed El-Ghazzeh, of Cuba Lounge, said: “We want the council to see that Wilmslow Road will be like a ghost town if all the shisha places were closed.

“We want to go to the MP to find a solution. If all these places were closed, hundreds of people would lose their jobs and would have to go on benefits.

“We want to find a better solution,” he said.

Special investigation: Law goes up in smoke as Curry Mile shisha bars defy crackdown.

http://menmedia.co.uk/manchesterevening ... -crackdown

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