China's controversial Polish contract
By Rob Broomby
BBC News, Warsaw
Some Poles fear local wages will be driven down by
At a dusty building site on the fringes of Warsaw, globalisation
has just taken its latest twist - and it's one which will send tremors
through Europe's construction industry.Two decades after the
fall of communist rule, a Polish government with an almost
fundamentalist commitment to the free market has awarded contracts for
two large motorway sections to a Chinese state-owned company that won
the job with a dramatic knock-down bid. It is the first time the...
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British Jobs for British Workers: Mann
Attempts to Force Legal GuaranteesOn Tuesday John Mann MP presented a
Ten-Minute Rule Bill on the Commons floor seeking legal guarantees that
major public works contract holders employ British workers.
John Mann is pushing the Bill in
response to contractors who have employed cheap agency foreign workers
who undercut the salary costs of UK-based workers. The demonstrations
and strikes at Lindsey Oil Refinery and Staythorpe Power Station last
year highlighted this issue where British workers were being laid off in
favour of low cost labour being imported from overseas.
John is proposing a guarantee built into
government contracts that contractors provide new apprenticeships and
skills re-training in partnership with local colleges in order to
increase the skills levels of the local workforce.
The Bill also requires all major
contract jobs to be advertised at the local job centre.
Commenting on the Bill John Mann said...