• UKIP Employment Spokesman responds to the latest UK Labour Market Statistics

    jane-collins.jpgResponding to the latest UK Labour Market Statistics, UKIP Employment Spokesman Jane Collins pointed to the "obvious and transparent discrimination against British workers" which has been taking place in the UK jobs market.

    "For years now companies have been actively recruiting Eastern European workers for UK jobs, offering relocation packages and accommodation for work in sectors from health care to building.

    "On the UK government's own website we see this discrimination taking place, with painters and decorators expecting to speak Polish or estate agents in Yorkshire needing to speak Romanian. To openly specify workers from that country would be illegal but to ask for language fluency isn't.

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  • Officials forced to act over job ads that exclude Britons

    express-467265.jpgA foreign jobs row erupted after dozens of vacancies on a Government-backed recruitment site required applicants to speak Polish, Romanian, Bulgarian and Russian. Agencies are free to advertise for work with language requirements where it is "necessary for the role". But an investigation by the Daily Express found companies were actively seeking security guards, cleaners, customer service advisors and teaching assistants fluent in languages other than English. One advert on the Universal Jobmatch site even stressed it was "essential" an experienced painter and decorator was able to converse in Polish.

    After being made aware of a string of adverts which appeared to put against British workers at a disadvantage the Department for Work and Pensions said: "We are looking into the cases and will contact employers where necessary."

    UKIP Employment Spokesman Jane Collins MEP who has been involved with the Daily Express investigation since the beginning said: "The EU wants all member states to be one big job market and that is why we see jobs for 'Romanian speakers' or painters and decorators who must speak Polish.

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  • UKIP Northern Ireland Statement on Bombardier job losses

    McNarry.jpegCommenting on the disappointing announcement from Bombardier Belfast today that they are to cut 580 jobs this year and up to 500 further jobs next year, UKIP Leader in Northern Ireland, David McNarry MLA said:

    "The job losses at bombardier is devastating news for the workers and their families. The first Minister and the Enterprise Minister should have their tickets booked now to fly straight to Bombardier Head Office and see exactly what this companies intentions are in Northern Ireland.

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  • Peter Whittle's interview in the Metro

    Read UKIP's London Mayoral Candidate Peter Whittle's two page interview in yesterday's Metro on overcrowded trains, free culture and the best place for a (very mild) curry.FullSizeRender.jpg

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  • EU Army biggest threat to the security of the Falklands - UKIP Defence Spokesman speaks out after Defence Secretary visits the Falklands

    MH_Navy_lrg.jpgUKIP Defence Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP has today said that the biggest threat to the security of the Falkland Islands was the continued push for the creation of a combined EU army, which “some groups” in the European parliament are pushing for by 2025.

    Mr Hookem’s comments come after the defence secretary Michael Fallon stated during a visit to the islands yesterday, that the biggest threat to the Falklands security was Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

    Speaking from Brussels, Mr Hookem said, “While Jeremy Corbyn’s ideas on defence and security have the potential to seriously damage to the scope of action and capability of the UK’s armed forces, the creation of a combined EU army would leave the Falkland Islands wide open for the Argentinians to simply walk back in.”

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  • This "deal" is no more than Cam’s sham - Farage responds to Schulz comments

    12688212_1085875928100963_2495378677127656533_n.pngUKIP Leader Nigel Farage responds to comments by European Parliament President Martin Schulz today: "The last thing that Cameron wanted was for me to leave that meeting and to express that there was a strong possibility that if the Prime Minister did win a referendum, it would be on a deal that would subsequently be scuppered by the European Parliament. There are many groups here who are spoiling for a fight.

    "The real truth is that this deal is not worth the paper it’s written on. It is subject to European Parliamentary approval and ultimately judgements of the European Court of Justice.

    "I am not sure that this ‘deal’ is the kind of second hand car that the British public will buy from the Prime Minister.
    There is no reason to trust him. This deal is no more than Cam’s sham. "

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  • Whittle slams opponents for ducking housing hustings

    PRW_2015_Photo.jpgPeter Whittle, the UKIP candidate in the London Mayoral race, has slammed Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan for ducking out of the only hustings that is focusing on housing.

    IPSOS Mori in October made it clear that housing is the key issue for Londoners, with more than half (54%) spontaneously raising it as their key concern.

    Whittle said, "Of course, neither the Tories, nor Labour are prepared to address the issue in any serious way. They promise to build, but building cannot keep up with demand, and demand, whether they like it or not is linked to the level of inward migration.

    "Latest ONS figures has London's population touching 8.5 million and projections are for a rapid increase to 10 million in a few short years. Unless this is addressed all the house building projects in the world will not deal with the ever increasing prices.

    "It is a sad fact that most Londoners will never be able to afford to live in London.

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  • Stop Chinese steel dumping - Farage meets British steelworkers in Brussels

    DSC_0014.jpgUKIP Leader Nigel Farage today joined protesters from all across Europe in a march against Chinese steel dumping onto the European market which is pushing prices down and making thousands of European steel workers redundant. Whilst on the march Nigel Farage commented: "It is pathetic that the British government must go cap in hand to beg the European Commission to prevent dumping of Chinese steel which is causing huge job losses. In a nutshell, it encapsulates why we must have control of our own destiny and a government directly accountable to the British people rather than an unelected Commissioner in Brussels.

    "What people are forgetting here is that steel is a strategic industry. This is something in a time of crisis we need and if we lose it we’ve actually lost something fundamentally important."

    “Even if George Osborne was a British Chancellor that wanted to stand up for the steel industry it wouldn’t matter because we are in a minority here. The problem is we are lobbying an unelected European Commission that no one can vote for and no one can sack.”

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  • Brussels steel conference "ignoring the elephant in the room of energy prices"

    jane-collins.jpgUKIP Employment spokeswoman Jane Collins MEP has lent her support to the steel workers protesting in Brussels but said they were "ignoring the elephant in the room".

    It is right that the steel conference should be taking place in Brussels where much of the devastating legislation and decisions have come from, but it is ridiculous to ignore green tariffs and higher energy prices which have made the UK industry less competitive," she said.

    "When the boss of one of the plants which has had to lay off workers firmly points the finger of blame at the high cost of electricity it is duplicitous of EU loving political parties and the unions to say it is only because of China's market economy status."

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  • PM chicken for dodging Brussels meeting

    dave_cancel.pngUKIP Leader Nigel Farage has accused the Prime Minister of being a chicken for dodging a planned meeting with him in Brussels tomorrow. The PM was due to attend a meeting with Nigel Farage and other EU parliamentary group heads to discuss the "deal" that he had put forward for reforming Britain's relationship with Brussels, however, it has now been revealed that Cameron will instead hold selected talks only.

    Nigel Farage said: "The Prime Minister is chicken. I received my official documentation this morning to say that I was one of several meeting the PM tomorrow morning and he has now run away scared.

    "Frankly I'm not surprised. Not only is the deal pitiful but he would not want me exposing the fact that even if he wins the referendum, the European Parliament will veto it.

    “UKIP won the European Elections in 2014. By refusing to meet me Mr. Cameron is insulting millions of British voters. He knows he’s losing.”

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