Jane Collins, UKIP’s employment spokesman, has today ‘welcomed’ the latest fall in unemployment figures, but expressed ‘grave concerns’ that not enough is being done to tackle wage compression; exclusive recruitment from other EU countries and the divide between London and the rest of the country.
Jane, commenting on official figures released today, that showed UK unemployment in the three months to October fell 63,000 to 1.96 million, said; “While I welcome any fall in the unemployment figures, much more still needs to be done. This is especially true in the north, where long term unemployment, lack of investment, wage compression and competition for jobs between EU migrant and indigenous workers are all still huge problems.”
“The government must do more to tackle companies that are advertising British jobs exclusively to Eastern European workers, in an effort to keep profits high and wages low. This problem was recently highlighted by the scandal involving the clothing retailer, Next, who advertised UK Christmas jobs in Poland, before the UK as reported in the Daily Mirror. The actions of Next and other major UK companies who pursue this policy are causing wage compression, community resentment and a lack of opportunity in the UK’s poorest areas and this must be tackled as a matter of urgency.”
“I am also concerned that even though we have seen a recent drop in inflation and a rise in average wage increases, there is still massive pressure on the finances of most workers due to wages being so low, for so long. Average figures are all well and good, but they do not accurately reflect the true situation for most working people who are still feeling the effects of austerity, low wages and the rise in the cost of living over the last few years. While things may be seen to be picking up in London, the same is simply not true for the rest of the country. Places outside London need more investment, fairness in recruitment and fairness on wages if we are to even start to bridge the gulf between London and the rest of the country.”