English: Dominos Pizza in Spring Hill Florida

English: Dominos Pizza in Spring Hill Florida (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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!


Faith, Fraud & Minimum Wage

Faith, Fraud & Minimum Wage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m sick of hearing from British politicians and captains of industry who claim British people aren’t capable of working hard, which is the reason they claim so many eastern Europeans are filling posts here. Why should British people have to work for minimum wage which isn’t even a living wage! You try paying your bills and raising your family on £6:31 an hour for those over 21, and £5:03 for 18-21 year olds! But what of foreign labour…how do they manage it? The answer is, they probably don’t! For example, I wonder how many eastern Europeans pay Council Tax?

Taking into account the real cost of living in London, the minimum wage should be £9:00 an hour, and to avoid paying this, companies use cheap foreign labour! Do you honestly think coffee shop chains…Nero, Starbucks and Costa Coffee would have expanded so if they had to pay employees a living wage?

Why do you think the British Inland Revenue Service has been so lax in collecting Company tax from multi-nationals, allowing them to freely use legal loopholes to avoid paying the Exchequer tens of billions of pounds? It is Government policy to make the UK financially attractive enough to tempt foreign companies to not only move their European headquarters here, but once here, to expand! The only people who pay their taxes, are you and me!


Photograph of Brittania statue, taken 13th Jun...

Photograph of Brittania statue, taken 13th June 2008 on Plymouth Hoe, Plymouth, United Kingdom. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m glad to hear UK MPs are ready to fight to the death for people’s rights…particularly their own! Despite an impending 11% wage rise, taking their basic salaries to £74,000 a year, our parliamentarians have launch a bitter battle to hang on to their taxpayer-funded allowances for late-night taxis, hotels, free tea, coffee and evening meals. Err, excuse me, but I was under the impression that the 11%/£7000 annual wage increase was intended to replace these perks, not to be granted in addition to them?

Oh good for them! In the meanwhile, you don’t mind if I starve, do you? No, I’m sure you don’t!