Knee-jerk immigration policy poses 'huge risks' to economy

19 Feb 2020
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GMB, Britain's general union, has responded to the Government's proposed new immigration system.

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, said:

“This is a knee-jerk policy that poses huge risks to the economy. This could genuinely tip some businesses over the edge. 

“The Home Secretary has started a ticking clock with seemingly no plan and failed to provide any strategy to secure and sustain key industries. 

“This policy doesn’t tackle the root causes of many people’s concern - the exploitation of workers, whoever they are, by cynical employers has created a race to the bottom in terms, conditions and pay. 

This knee-jerk policy could genuinely tip some businesses over the edge. 

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary

“On the day we see the number of zero hours contracts in this country increase to almost a million, nothing this Government has said today is going to put an end to business models that use insecure work as a cash cow. 

“Scapegoating migrants and playing to the gallery may get some cheap headlines, but it’s wrong and put whole sectors - such as social care and food, not to mention the NHS - at risk.”

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