Import of cheap foreign labour helped fuel Brexit – P&O cannot get away with it

A letter from John Mulholland, Doagh

By Letters
Tuesday, 22nd March 2022, 4:33 pm
Letter to the editor
Letter to the editor

It is bad enough for people to lose their jobs when a business goes into liquidation.

But to be fired and removed from your place of work by a pre-arranged security firm is scandalous!

One of the reasons for people voting for Brexit was the fact that unscrupulous businesses were using foreign nationals, to the detriment of the local population, to reduce wages.

I had heard from a couple of people of this happening in Northern Ireland before. This situation seemed to affect those at the lower end of the pay scale more.

When the UK agreed to freedom of movement for people from poorer European countries and an inferior GDP, it opened up a can of worms as hundreds of thousands from these countries headed for the UK.

The visa system should never have been done away with, but the EU demanded this movement and the Labour Party wanted to import votes; therefore, a large swell of people headed for the UK.

For this multi-million-pound company to get away with replacing their workers with cheap foreign labour, post-Brexit, would be a slap in the face for working class people - many of whom voted for Brexit because of such practices.

This company knows that the UK needs them to carry freight across the Irish Sea and have played a fast one here.

No compensation or offer can ease the hurt these workers must feel.

This is a test for the government, and the unions, to demand that this firm reinstates these workers until such times as negotiations can take place.

John Mulholland, Doagh

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