January 6, 2007 9:40am CST
Lots of companies are now moving production abroad because of cheap labour and less health and safety and other regulations. People in this country fought hard for a living wage and to be safe at work, why can't other countries fight for their rights as our grandparents did?
6 Jan 07
I agree Nannacroc. A great deal of work has been outsourced, particularly to India, where the wages are much lower, but their time zone makes it very difficult for them to contact us, or americans during working hours, and we have to send skilled people out to them, to train them in things that they're not familiar with. Another thing that really gets to me, is the number of Poles and other poor Europeans who come here and take all the jobs in the building trade, for a minimum wage. My son works in the building trade... he was out of work from mid-November, so went to several building sites, asking if they had work. But, all the jobs were taken by Poles, who lived in caravans, on site. Then when the job is finished, they take the money out of the country. This is a good scam by the property developers and builders because they are raking it in. So, what about the working man in this country? They try to get jobseeker allowance, and they're not accepted because they can't prove they've looked diligently for a job. This country needs to sort out its priorities and get us back to the country we used to be. There are no longer three classes here. There's the Fat Cats and the Poor. I'm with you all the way on this one. :-)
6 Jan 07
Thanks for your answer. As I grew up I was taught to be proud of the quality of British manufacturing, now it's abroad how can we expect the quality to be as high. I don't know about you but I now feel as if I'm a second class citizen in my country of birth.
6 Jan 07
In some countries they wouldn't be allowed to fight for their rights, they'd be shot, or worse. In some countries, the people are content with what they've got, and don't mind being cheap labour. It does annoy me that so many companies are taking their work elsewhere, I remember when England was one of the best car manufacturers in the World! All of the car manufacturing, well the majority of it anyway, I think we've still got the Aquada, it's all gone somewhere foreign!