Monday, October 28, 2013

Blog #8: British PM: Blame Education not migration

David Cameron: blame education not migration for factories foreign labour

The British Prime Minister David Cameron recent took a mini visit to a factory in Oxford, due to the growing concerns over the number foreign workers in factories doing the jobs that the British aren’t doing. He states that the Eastern European migrants should not be blamed for the increase in foreign workers. The education system should be creating a better learning environment and system that works in order to provide the work industry with local workers who are skilled to do the required jobs at hand.
Currently half the workers are from Poland, Lithuania, or Latvia and it is pretty simple, they want to work, there were/are jobs, they are skilled and qualified, they come in and they are doing the job. From this mini visit to an Oxford factory, he said that Britain should respond by improving the education system so that "we are producing young people out of our schools and colleges who are fully capable of doing those jobs”. He goes on to defend the foreign workers as they are not to be blamed for someone going into any factory and seeing half of them from Europe or other regions of mass migration. If people are skilled then they should be allowed to do the job that is available, local preference should not be favoured in this case as it would decrease productivity and efficiency as less skilled workers would be doing the job.
He does defend the foreigners working in the factories, but he also does not want to see all Britain’s jobs lost to foreign work. This would entail a tough stance on education which would educate and skill the younger generation so that they can work after school or college. This skill base they would get would allow greater competition for work and may discourage foreign workers to come over which would increase local workers.
He came up with a solution by tackling education, welfare reform, and immigration all at once. By doing this it will help the recovery process and get the jobs back to more British people. The problem with this reform is that you will leave the current people behind, you may see economic growth for the people of Britain but that is the risk that may have to be taken, but it is not something that David Cameron and his government want to do.

James Dougherty



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