Anneliese Dodds MEP

The South East's Voice in Europe

Companies fail to advertise jobs in the UK

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Anneliese has criticised companies which have only advertised temporary jobs abroad and denied British people the same opportunities to find work.

This is particularly shocking given the continuing high rates of unemployment and underemployment in the UK, especially amongst young people. Those workers who are recruited from abroad in the place of British workers are also disadvantaged, as loopholes in the law allow employment agencies to undercut the wages of permanent staff. This situation has arisen because of weaknesses in UK and European law, particularly the Posting of Workers Directive.

This Directive is supposed to guarantee that the rights and working conditions of a workers who are sent to other countries are protected throughout the European Union by providing the posted worker with the same minimum terms and conditions that apply to permanent workers in the host country. These minimum conditions must be met regardless of whether these are better than the conditions set out in the employment contract of the posted worker. However, the Posting of Workers Directive is far too often ignored, and enforcement has been patchy at best. Labour MEPs have attempted to rectify this by closing loopholes in the law, but were defeated by Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Green MEPs, meaning that workers remain at risk from exploitation.

Anneliese said: "I condemn the practice of only advertising jobs abroad. British people should have the opportunity to apply for and carry out work in their local area. There are over 700,000 young people in the UK who are unemployed and it is scandalous that rather than giving these people an opportunity to get into employment, companies like Next are going abroad to find workers.

"However, it is not only British workers who are losing out -- those workers who are brought in from other countries are often also exploited, and paid less than full time staff. I'm glad that the next Labour government will crack down on rogue employment agencies and ban them from recruiting only from abroad."

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