Putting Workers First – Reforming the Workplace
Britain in 2018 is a hazardous place for working people. Too many jobs offer little security, poor pay and conditions, and uncertain hours. Too many working people are unhappy with their lot. Too many are unable to take enough money home to provide for their families – even, in many cases, if they are working full-time hours.
The main reason for this is that there are simply too many people in the workplace. Economists and Big Business know that, if the Labour Force Participation Rate is always at 93% or below, then there are enough people chasing the available jobs to keep wages and conditions at low rates.
One of the factors is that, with increasing rates of Immigration into Britain, more and more people are entering the labour market. It is strange that Labour, the party which always croaks about workers’ rights, is the same party that doesn’t want to control our Immigration. UKIP does want to control immigration. I believe that controlling immigration is vital if we are serious about improving pay and conditions for our workers.
We cannot have employers favouring foreigners over British-born workers. There should be a rule that they employ British workers as a priority. Big Business (and Labour!) are endlessly crowing about how we need foreign workers. But we don’t. We need better training, pay and conditions to attract British workers into those jobs.