Sunday, February 01, 2009

Protesting about the wrong thing

The spate of walkouts up and down the land has drawn plenty of comment, some of it justified and most of it borderline xenophobia. Everywhere I've heard it reported it's been that the protests are in opposition of foreign workers. That's not how it started and missing the point of what they ought to be protesting about. An Italian firm won a major construction contract at an oil refinery in Lincolnshire and said at the time that they wouldn't consider UK workers. That's the thing that's wrong, not the fact that foreign labour is being used at all.
Obviously, with folk being laid off all over the country, the issue is highlighted to a much larger degree than would otherwise be the case, but to have it turn into a debate over whether any foreign workers should be allowed into the country isn't helpful to anyone.

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