UK “Labour” Party demands migrant slave wages

With UK wage growth recently hitting an 11-year high:

The Johnson Government has dropped the salary threshold for “skilled” migrants by £4,400 to £25,600, which has been attacked by the Labour Party as still being too high:

Following recommendations from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), the salary threshold for skilled workers wanting to come to the UK would be lowered from £30,000 to £25,600.

The independent advisory body argued that lowering the threshold would help recruit teachers and skilled NHS staff.

Unlike the current system, applicants would also be able to trade points.

Those earning less than £25,600, but more than £20,480, could still apply for visas if they had a job in a “specific shortage occupation” or a PhD relevant to the job…

[The Government] is urging employers to “move away” from relying on “cheap labour” from Europe and invest in retaining staff and developing automation technology…

Labour said the “hostile environment” will make it hard to attract workers…

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said… “Ultimately, it will also be very difficult to attract the workers we need at all skill levels while the Tories’ hostile environment is in place. It needs to go”…

But Home Secretary Priti Patel said the new system would mean “the brightest and the best will be able to come to the United Kingdom”.

The government, which said it was aiming to reduce overall migration to the UK, wants a “points-based” immigration system – as it promised in its election manifesto.

Under the scheme, overseas workers who wanted to come to the UK would have to speak English and have the offer of a skilled job with an “approved sponsor”.

They would be awarded 50 points if they fulfil these criteria…

“It is important employers move away from a reliance on the UK’s immigration system as an alternative to investment in staff retention, productivity and wider investment in technology and automation,” it said.

Reducing the ‘skilled’ migrant salary threshold to £25,600 is ridiculous. According to the Office For National Statistics, the median full-time salary was £585 per week as at April 2018, or £30,420 a year. Thus, the new ‘skilled’ migrant pay floor is nearly £5,000 below the population median full-time salary (including unskilled workers), which would necessarily undercut local UK workers and lead to lower wage growth.

Labour’s faux concerns about skills shortages are also bunk.

Except in very limited circumstances, there is no such thing as a shortage of labour. There is only a “shortage” of labour at the price/ wages firms are generally willing to pay.

The very purpose of migrant workers is to suppress wage growth by allowing employers to recruit from a global pool of labour to compete with local workers. Thus, if UK employers want to attract workers there is a simple solution: raise wages. This is how the “market” is supposed to function when their are shortages.

Allowing the mass importation of foreign workers will circumvent the ordinary functioning of the labour market by enabling employers to pluck cheap foreign workers in lieu of raising wages. It will also discourage employers from training locals in favour of hiring ready-made workers from overseas. This is deleterious for both workers and the broader economy.

The union movement should sue the “Labour” Party and demand they change its name. Because they no longer represent ordinary UK workers.

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  1. I think they need to bring in a policy of unlimited grandparent visas.

    That’ll get them over the line.

    • And friends. And friends of grandparents too. Nobody should ever move to another country and lose their family and social networks. That would be problematic and cause inequality of outcomes which is not intersectional. Some immigrants would be triggered which would probably result in them triggering their vests at the mall.

      • ONLY IF THEY oops have corona virus but

        and not the type that’s related to an inability to not have coronas

    • First things first. Do they have a visa for primary school kids and their guardians?

      You really need them in place before you can maximise the grandparent numbers.

  2. TailorTrashMEMBER

    Uk labour learned nothing from their recent trashing …….and Jeremy is still there until they find a suitably PC “leader”

    Meanwhile thought this was funny…….Bill checking on the wine Malcolm give him at dinner ……maybe Malcolm thought a $17 bottle would be appropriatly restrained for the tastes of the ex leader of the great peoples working mans party ………
    I’m sure Ermo and other foot soldiers wouldn’t pass up on it .

    • Trade unionist Paul Embery on Labour’s recent electoral wipeout:

      “We sounded the alarm bells again earlier this year when, in the local and European elections, Labour haemorrhaged support in several working-class communities across the north and Midlands.

      But the woke liberals and Toytown revolutionaries who now dominate the party didn’t listen to us. They truly thought that ‘one more heave’ would bring victory. They believed that constantly hammering on about economic inequality would be enough to get Labour over the line. In doing so, they made a major miscalculation: they failed to grasp that working-class voters desire something more than just economic security; they want cultural security too.

      They want politicians to respect their way of life, and their sense of place and belonging; to elevate real-world concepts such as work, family and community over nebulous constructs like ‘diversity’, ‘equality’ and ‘inclusivity’. By immersing itself in the destructive creed of identity politics and championing policies such as open borders, Labour placed itself on a completely different wavelength to millions across provincial Britain without whose support it simply could not win power. In the end, Labour was losing a cultural war that it didn’t even realise it was fighting.”

  3. Labour are totally right, and they lost the election because of all the racialists, not because of their policies, which would have created a utopia.

  4. Meanwhile, the Scottish National Party also wants more migrant labour and is calling the Tories nasty names:

    According to the SNP, Scotland needs to cut itself off from the British labour market… so that it can access more workers:

    “We will continue fighting for full devolution of migration powers to Holyrood, but only with the powers of independence can we get rid of the Tory hostile environment once and for all.

    As an independent country, we can halt the decline of Scotland’s working age population, become a destination in Europe, and assert ourselves as the welcoming country that’s proud of the contributions that migrants make to our society.”

  5. Unbelievable.

    Dictatorship is better:

    6 hours ago

    Singapore doubles down on tighter foreign worker quotas

    AFTER foreign labour caps in the services sector were tightened in last year’s Budget, the same fate has now befallen the construction, marine and shipyard and process industries.

    The limit on how many S Pass holders companies in these sectors can hire will be cut

  6. “The union movement should sue the “Labour” Party and demand they change its name. Because they no longer represent ordinary UK workers.”

    Alternatively, they could recruit Sally Mc from the ACTU and show them how to make the Trade Union movement Woke and emasculated. Once talk of mass immigration suppressing wages, driving up asset prices, exploiting people and flogging public amenity becomes “racist” the Trade Union movement will be brought into line with the New Knew Ewww-yuck Labour movement.

    What they really need in the UK is a trans activist running the union movement; that would best Sally’s bevy of identity issues on her sleeve, that bulwarks an honest discussion of working class values; values she has risen above like a saint riding a magic carpet.

  7. You should also take a look at the USA, where wages, are also showing signs of life, especially at the bottom end. Who could have thought? (cough)

    • Jumping jack flash

      so many countries are catching on. This means that it will be another 5 years at least for us. Maybe 10.

      I especially admire the US who seem to be implementing the most effective, tried and true strategy for pulling a country out of a depression. Their implementation isn’t traditional, but it seems to be effective for now at least, and their leaders are making all the right sounds.

  8. Clearly the UK are amateurs on this. They need to send a research committee to the lucky country to see what the gold standard/best practice is.

    • Jumping jack flash


      Just like we sent one of ours over there a few years ago on a junket to research “affordable housing”. The UK’s housing affordability plan failed spectacularly by the way, but it didn’t stop the minister who was sent over there from living it up for a couple of weeks in the UK courtesy of the taxpayer.

      [Incidentally, there is no solution to “housing affordability” when viewed from the traditional angle of “houses are too expensive, mmkay” because houses being “too expensive” is simply absurd in the New Economy.]