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Brown's push for "British jobs"

Issue No. 2168

Gordon Brown’s support for the poisonous “British jobs for British workers” slogan went up a little further this week when the government announced new employment rules.

Labour home secretary Alan Johnson announced that “skilled foreign workers” will also have to wait for up to a year to become eligible to work in Britain.

This is double the existing time—and unskilled workers from outside the European Union aren’t allowed to work in Britain.

On top of that, British companies will now have to advertise all jobs through British job centres for one month before being allowed to look overseas.

The government says the measure will “ensure that British workers are not only first in line for jobs but also now have more time in which to apply”.

But this gimmick will do nothing to help the millions of workers facing unemployment. It is nothing but a trick to divert attention from Labour and blame foreign workers for the crisis.

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Tue 8 Sep 2009, 19:38 BST
Issue No. 2168
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