Former Marks and Spencer chief executive Sir Stuart Rose has said, “Brits should find jobs of their own and stop complaining about immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria coming here to work. I did a lot of menial jobs when I was young, and I was happy to earn a few bob.” And that’s the crux of the problem! Forty years ago the Pound had real spending power and the cost of living was a lot lower than it is today!
And the boss of Domino’s Pizza Lance Batchelor has complained that his chain of delivery services has 1,000 jobs going that Brits are not prepared to apply for – and thinks more immigrants should be allowed to live and work in Britain, saying: “There are a huge number of jobs at the bottom end of the service industry, and not enough people in the UK who want to work for them.” Oy, try paying a living wage rather than a basic wage and I bet British workers would clamour to get jobs! And should you wish to post off your CV, a first class stamp is currently 0.59p, while a second class stamp is 0.50p. Meanwhile, food prices are predicted to rise faster than incomes every year until 2018, with meat and fresh fruit and vegetables becoming only an occasional treat for some. The cost of putting food on the table is forecast to rise by 3.8 per cent next year and still further in 2015, according to industry experts.
According to The New Economics Foundation (NEF) more than 5 million people are currently working in low-paid jobs, earning less than £7.47 an hour, and one million of them are working in the public sector. British workers are suffering the biggest fall in living standards since the Victorian era, as their austerity measures have continued to squeeze their incomes. Public sector pay freezes and soaring living costs have left public sector workers £2,000 worse off than they were in 2010, with part-time hourly earnings worth as much as they were ten years ago. Zero hour contracts don’t help, and this was brought in due to the availability of cheap foreign workers! Why do you think large companies spent years lobbying Parliament to relax immigration restrictions? Coffee shop chains and pizza joints rely heavily on low-paid workers who won’t join a union and who won’t gripe at doing some unpaid overtime!