Outside Labour

October 13, 2010

From the Times letters. (H/T Oliver Kamm)


Outside labour

The elephant in the room is the unfettered right of European Union workers to enter Britain. As Frank Field said last week, the 3m jobs created under Labour led to a 400,000 reduction in workless people and “immigrants, not the UK’s workless, took most of the jobs”. Further research showed that 85% of jobs created in the private sector went to non-British workers, while in the public sector it was 28%.

The migration back to Poland that followed on from the recession has already turned around, and until the British government seeks some opt-out from the present policy of open entry for EU citizens, jobs that will largely be created in the private economy are sure to be snapped up by young, mobile and flexible immigrants.

Richard Gamble Westbury-sub-Mendip Somerset Benefit of the doubt I, like many other unemployed people, am sick of reading articles implying that those without a job are benefit scroungers. People are desperate to work but cannot find any.

I am 59 years old and have spent most of my working life installing and servicing computer-controlled machines and electrical/control equipment in the petrochemical industry worldwide. I had time out of the business and lost touch with the latest technology. Since the training budget is one of the first casualties, companies are not teaching skills to new applicants.

I can’t even get work as a shop assistant (on the minimum wage). How on earth do school leavers get their first employment break? Sending them off to university is hardly the answer. A young neighbour with a degree in aeronautics informed me that he had secured a job as a technician testing car catalysers.

Robert Stancer Royston, Hertfordshire Rough deal Isabel Oakeshott asserts that “millions of people who are capable of work choose to rely on government handouts instead”. Our son, who has Asperger’s syndrome, obtained an honours degree in chemistry last year but cannot even find work as a laboratory assistant. The last such job he applied for had 70 candidates, of whom 15 (including him) were selected for interview, but he was unsuccessful on grounds of lack of experience.

He has sent in 15-page application forms to employers that are not acknowledged. He is even having difficulty obtaining a New Deal work placement as very few of these are currently available in our area. And this is before the new cuts on October 20.

I know Duncan Smith means well but he forgets the other side of the coin.
Dominic Ion Wirral, Merseyside