As the current crisis, walkouts and strikes, concerning Lindsey Oil Refinery in Lincolnshire is growing apace  I think we need to reflect that the idea proposed by Prime Minister Gordon brown of “British jobs for British workers”  was unfortunate and is potentially nasty. We now have thousands of workers up and down the country rallying to the slogan.  

Granted that there are serious and genuine questions that need answering; why did an Italian company import skilled labour when that skilled labour is to be easily found within the UK.   In addition, the Italian company concerned may well have found a way around UK employment laws including health and safety.  

There are genuine concerns that need answers but this is a dangerous situation; we cannot stand idly by when Italian workers may be abused and this has serious connotations and no doubt will encourage BNP rats to emerge from their dark holes.  

I hope that the government and Unite, can find a way through this crisis and not stand aside but get involved quickly and find a solution before this crisis begins to take a really nasty turn.

“British jobs for British workers”! is a rather silly slogan; it borders on racism and no one in the trade unions or Labour Party should encourage this talk.  There are thousands of British workers working in EU member states are they supposed to come home.  This is protectionism it is reactionary.

  1. January 30, 2009 at 11:13

    Whatever it takes to keep a nations jobs in the hands of it citizens is OK. There is never a legitimate excuse to hire a foreigner if there’s a citizen capable of doing the job, and never a circumstance where a foreigner has a legitimate expectation of holding such a job.

    If Britain wants to survive this mess intact, they need to take drastic steps to correct this problem.

  2. zebrambizi
    January 30, 2009 at 11:49

    jonolan – NO! Under EU law any worker can work without the need to obtain work permits in any EU country. British workers can and do seek and get employment in EU countries.

    What you propose is reactionary, it is quite wrong to pillory foreign workers in the UK, trade unions and the Labour Party by nature and principal are internationalist not nationalist.

  3. January 30, 2009 at 14:19

    No, what I propose is necessary to maintain the financial well-being of Britain’s citizens – and by extrapolation every nation’s citizens. The needs of one’s own countrymen must come first if a nation is to survive.

    If that means Britain must secede from the EU, then so be it. It’s past time for that hegemony to be taken down anyway.

  4. zebrambizi
    January 31, 2009 at 07:43

    We do engage in a great deal of trade with the EU, withdrawal would add to mass unemployment. We need to remain members of the EU, it’s our future; many British citizens work in the EU. It is ridiculous to imagine a situation where say “French workers only for French jobs” it is totally narrow minded nationalism.

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