The crisis meant that Brits lost their jobs and they needed a scapegoat. All was going well, a bubble of sorts, with foreigners contributing to that. Then it went pear-shaped (t*ts up) and I can only assume that the work rate of foreigners remained constant as they have mouths to feed to, of course. Blame the bankers, they're the wan*ers!
This is an important point in my opinion.
I was working in London for a few years during the bubble, it was not easy to get professionals as they were very busy. I had to fire a load of guys, Poles and Brits alike for not working.
I had a Polish plasterer, do 8sq m, of wall surface with skim coat. It took him 1 week.
1 day to plaster, 4 days sanding the lumps and bumps.
The idiot even helped himself to my whiskey, for which he should have got a kick in the knackers.
Glad we agreed a price beforehand.
I think his name was Bronco Oliver Twist......... a cowboy and a thief.
I hold you responsible for who you hire, not you as a Brit and not the plasterer as a Pole.
Cowboys know no nationality.
There's always work for good workers.
No incentive to offer or do quality work when the cheapest cowboy wins.
I think delphiandomine was talking about something else but I agree with your statement nonetheless. Anyone who has done anything knows that quite often picking the cheapest alternative you are adding expenses and wasting time, fixing all the problems.
There is also the situation where British employers will take on Polish people as they have a reputation for being more industrious than their British counterparts-
I was working in Canary Warf in London in my early 20s.
There were four of us filling the same job, me (an Irish man) and three others (English guys).
They had to let go of three of us because of cut backs. So I said thanks for the work, I'll be off.
The other lads, that were going to be let go, looked at me and said that I was to be kept for the simple reason that if I was told to shovel dung from here to there and back, I would do it, whereas they would ask why, have a smoke, and deliberate about it.
They were nice lads but they lived with their families, I was alone and had to do every bit of work that came my way.
I was desperate and had to work, while the other fellas lived with their parents.
I think the Poles took the place of the Irish, on building sites and unfortunately wrapped up in cardboard under the bridges.
Not everyone makes it and those that do have to be prepared to work harder than everyone else.