12 January 2009

Polish workers and the recession in Britain

From 2004 New Labour permitted the free inflow of Easter European labour from the new member states of the EU into Britain, simply for the purpose of depressing British wages in a period of boom.

As Britain falls into recession, tensions over diminishing employment opportunities will inevitably arise. Two points should be made. First if Poles and others have established residence in the UK, then they should not face employment discrimination on the basis of their ethnicity. Second, workers should struggle together for improvements in their well-being, not fight against each other.

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