Steve Welcomes Labour's Tough Immigration Laws

(September 22, 2013)

Steve on the Mersey

Walton MP Steve Rotheram, has welcomed an announcement by Ed Miliband that One Nation Labour is encouraging British employers to invest in the next generation of young workers, rather than reaching for quick fixes from migrant labour.

With almost 1,210 unemployed young people in Walton alone, and one million across Britain, Labour’s plan seeks to help some of those young people find work or training.

At its annual Party Conference in Brighton, Labour announced that it will:

-          Require every firm hiring a migrant worker from outside the EU to offer an apprenticeship in return

-          Use procurement rules to ensure that large firms given government contracts offer apprenticeships

-          Establish a taskforce to better understand and tackle exploitation within the care sector

-          Increase the maximum fine for not paying the minimum wage from its current £5,000 level to £50,000

Steve said, “Under Ed Miliband’s leadership, Labour’s approach to immigration has changed. With over a thousand of Walton’s 18-24 year olds out of work, Ed knows and I know that we need to do more as a country to encourage employers to give young workers a chance.

“Immigration has brought immense benefits to Britain, but it needs to be made to work for everybody, not just for some. That means making sure that working people in our area get their shot, that they’re paid a decent wage and that they’re not undercut by low cost migrant labour.

“I really welcome this announcement from Ed Miliband. While David Cameron thinks he’s saved the economy, people in our area know that times remain really tough. It just goes to show that while David Cameron is out of touch, only Labour will tackle the cost of living crisis facing Britain’s families.”

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