TUC Welcome Migrant Work force

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  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6766003.stm

    Apparently the TUC feel that the influx of immigrant workers has been good for the UK economy. Whilst they welcome them and have said initial fears of job losses and low pay have not surfaced, they are now saying that those with little command of the English Language or unable to speak English at all need better protection

    (But the TUC said that workers with little or no English and no knowledge of their employment rights needed greater protection from exploitation. "We do not do enough to protect vulnerable workers from exploitation," Mr Barber added. "If migrant workers are treated fairly and paid a decent wage they can only add to the economy." )
  2. Maybe they should talk to the young girl refused a job in her local factory, by the gang master (?), because she doesn't speak Polish.... but then this is reported in the Mail, so in some posters mind it might be considered suspect.... ;)
  3. Just think it kinda funny that the TUC are the ones saying how welcome the migrant workers are on one hand then complaining at poor conditions and pay on the other.....

    Perhaps if they had a more aligned view it would help but as we already know, most migrant workers are paid less and have worse T&Cs than their British Counterparts...
  4. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    If I was a cynic, heaven forbid, I would say that this has more to do with the TUC's falling membership and less to do with the workers conditions
  5. thats terribly cynical of you.....
  6. And I would tend to agree, but in general it is not so much the wages and conditions that they are concerned about but the criminal exploitation. Whilst many migrant workers work long hours, in poor conditons for low wages their situation is legal, it is much more the below miniun wage payments excessive hours, unsafe working conditions and illegal deductions that they are concentrating on just now. There are for example workers who are here legaly being told they are in fact illegals and then being treated much like the chinese cockle pickers. There are workers having up to 50% of their wages deducted for board and lodging, getting little food and sleeping 10 to a roon, bit like being in the Andrew, although the food and accomodation charges are not quite as high.

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