It’s official. Immigration isn’t effecting the labour market. In fact, it’s a good thing. This is the view of TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady as seen being interviewed by Andrew ‘Brillo’ Neil on the Daily Politics.
According to Frances it’s all down to the wicked employers. Seems they are employing perfectly legal cheap labour from the EU under the freedom of movement rules and paying them the UK legal minimum wage when they should be paying more and employing UK workers instead.
Well, Ms O’Grady, it seems that you are neglecting some simple facts.
(1) Businesses are there to make money not run charities. Over the past year, 400,000 jobs were created in the UK and 80% of these went to immigrants.
(2) 2.2 million EU migrants now work in the UK – a rate that has doubled in the last 5 years since the Eastern European countries joined the EU
(3) An influx of cheap labour from the EU means that wages for UK workers are being suppressed. It’s the simple law of supply and demand. If supply increases, then prices – or in this case wages – go down.
Brillo asked O’Grady no less than 14 times whether EU migration pushes down wages and reduces job opportunities for the UK workers who pay her £143,000 a year through their membership subs to represent them. Her answer? “There is no evidence that EU migration effects UK wages.” FFS!
If you want to know what people think if such blatent barefaced ineptitude ( dare I suggest lying? Shurely not! ), then you need look no further than the expression on the face at the left hand side of the above picture. It really says it all.
Just which workers are you being paid to represent Ms O’Grady? The UK or the EU…?