Friday, October 06, 2006

Minimum Labour?

How can Labour claim 'credit' for the introduction of the minimum wage when the arrival of 1.5m foreign workers will have driven wage levels down?

Millions of working people have directly benefited from the decent minimum standards we have put in place, like the minimum wage. - Employment relations minister Jim Fitzpatrick.

2 comments:

alfie said...

Down and down and down..... if only they could bring Polish MPs over to take the jobs of the fat idle ingrates at Westminster.... I somehow think that the mantra of 'doing the jobs we don't want to do' would be binned.....

I was on a building site the other day, every single person other that the 3 bosses were Polish. I watched as one of them was trying to bang a nail in a bit of wood. He was utterly rubbish. we went round to shoot the newly tiled bathroom suites - the site manager kept on telling me to photoshop the tiling mistakes out of the photos we were taking.....

Meanwhile there are loads of British brickies etc on the dole. There were a few of them on Victoria Derbyshire's PC phone in the other day on FiveLive. She was going on about how fantastic it all was, the builders rung her up and put her straight in no uncertain terms. one of them was a plasterer who said his hourly rate had halved over 12 months from 15 quid down to around £6.50....... We should get some radio jocks from Warsaw and give them Derbyshire's job - it'll save the licence fee payers a fortune.

Snafu said...

Alfie, I'm just relieved that MPs' wages will not be undermined by foreign competition!

Even giving up so much of the UK's law making powers to the European Union or devolving power to Scotland and Wales has not dampened their pay rises!