Article in the Observer today.
This will create an interesting dilema for many employers especially in Agriculture and in services, two areas that have greatly benefited with the huge pool of labour that came over from eastern europe.
With the effects of the credit crunch tightening the screw there is talk of recession amongst leading economists and businessmen. The dreaded spectre of unemployment looms but the jobs in the above sectors still need to be done. Employers lament the unreliability of local labour yet will find these jobs filled quickly when factories start closing. Unfortunately these industries in turn will suffer due to fall in demand and start turning people away as the economy bites.
How will our politicians account for and resolve all this ? Of course they will explain to us its all part of being in a global economy and will demand further flexibilities of the local workforce to get out of the rut. Well here is a suggestion. Maybe instead of being unemployed how about working for no money as an option ? Maybe this is where we went wrong in the past because of course we have rich and innovative employers to thank for creating wealth in the first place !
You know what, I bet some employers and politicians actually subscribe to this view!!
Who will the bigots pick on now the Eastern Europeans are leaving ? Well there are still chavs, incapacity benefit claimants and asylum seekers in order to keep the readerships of the Sun, Daily Mail and Express happy. Anything but have a go at the rich who got us into this mess in the first place by their uncontrolable greed.