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Old 03 Feb 2009, 01:38   #8 (permalink)
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Default Re: British Jobs for British Workers. UK Strikes

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Originally Posted by Tyndmyr
How can you possibly know that would be true for all the british folks that would be hired if they chose to restrict hiring?

How do you know some of those foreign workers won't want to stay and contribute. Heck, they'll be paying taxes, won't they?

Plus, Im sure if you did discriminate against outside labor, other countries in the EU would do the same, to the detriment of british workers employed in other countries.
All over the world people are losing jobs left, right and centre, Britain has the labour spare at the minute, but Total has chosen to bring in foreigners rather than use that which is on their doorstep. that's what the strikes are about. We aren't saying that the foreigners won't stay. It's fair to say that the people brought in probably will stay and contribute, however that just puts more pressure on the already strained labour market in Britain, more in some areas than others admittedly but still the point remains the same. Yes they'll be paying taxes, but that doesn't help hundreds of British workers who are out of a job.

Other countries do discriminate against outside labour, just not to the extent we do. For one very simple reason, Britain has the highest immigration rate by a fair margin. That's why more British people have been moving to work in Europe/America etc. They can't find employment over here.

A friend of mine lives in Shotton in a house which has been converted into, essentially a bedsit. They were the only English people in the house. 6 bedrooms, 1 was occupied by English people. Most of Shotton is the same. The college I attended until last year has expanded it's range of language courses because there are more and more immigrants moving over.

As for the price of British labour, it isn't unrealisically higher. The problem is, we know how much we need to keep a living in this country. Most immigrants probably don't and thus will automatically accept lower wages as they're probably still going to be higher than they were earning back home. That, combined with the number of immigrants, is the root of the problem.

I don't mind immigrants coming over here and working, I'll opnely admit that in some areas we are understaffed, but to make it viable we need to cut the number of scroungers first. Then see how much labout we need. Not the other way around.
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