Things will hopefully get better soon, but the current situation is an unavoidable fact of economic life. British workers just have to get on with it.
Well put. Some people seem to think they have the right to this way of life. How can people who have enjoyed the trappings of cheap consumer goods now moan that their jobs are being taken for foreigners, who are better qualified than them? You can't have it both ways!
Surely people can see the irony of someone enjoying the benefits of employing a foreign cleaner on minimum wage, then moaning when a foreigner comes along and does their job more efficiently than them. Once again, you can't have it both ways!
Pass legislation that the employers have to employ local workers?
I believe that this is actually illegal. So much for Gordon Brown's British jobs for British workers!!
Not everyone wants upsticks and move to another country - not everyone wants to be away from their family for months on end.
Then you have to make sure you have the skills to ensure that your are employable in the country you wish to reside. It's a free market I'm afraid. Why should the British be so scared of economic mobility? Probably because they don't have the skills required to work elsewhere. If someone can do my job better then me, then I can't expect to be employed.
It is something I have always admired about the Polish - the willingness to look elsewhere for work, to go where they can utilise their skills to optimise their income/way of life.
Given the choice and I am being truthful, I would pay a little bit more for something made in this country - if you take in to consideration, the import costs ect., the costs probably wouldn't be too different.
You say that, but I doubt it. Everyone wants the more cost effective option. Given the choice between two products of equal quality, you would take the cheaper one all day. It's a no brainer.
What we should be asking, is why has this Italian firm has employed foreign workers as opposed to British? From what I have read, they are being paid the same but are more specialised in the field. If this is the case, we should be aiming to improve the mechanisms for educating our workforce, and giving them the skills required to compete in the global employment market.
Otherwise, British workers will be left behind. It's the global economy, get used to it.