Tuesday, June 19, 2007
The TUC and migration
Posted by David Smith at 10:30 AM
Category: Thoughts and responses

The Trades Union Congress has come out with a ringing endorsement of immigration, which might have been expected to have an adverse effect on some of its members. It says: "TUC research shows that migrant workers are paying more in taxes than the value of the public services they receive. Across the economy the arrival of migrant workers has not depressed jobs or wages, and although there is limited evidence of some local effect on wages and employment for low-skilled workers, so far low-skilled workers have not lost out thanks to the vibrant economy."

There's a link to the full report here: http://www.tuc.org.uk/law/tuc-13413-f0.cfm.


Hmm. What the TUC doesn't say is what is the cost of the public services utilised by those who might have got the jobs done by the immigrants, but who instead remain on benefits. Nor the cost of public services used by those working illegally, of whom there are many. A few months ago I saw a Polish woman interviewed on TV. She ran an agency in Blackpool finding accommodation for migrant workers. Many, she said, would be working for less than the minimum wage. She estimated that this summer there would be about 15,000 such workers in her town alone. But of course all is for the best in the TUC's best of all possible PC fantasy lands.

Posted by: bears all at June 20, 2007 11:15 AM

I made this comment to Matthew Elliot Taxpayers Alliance, only a few days before he went to America. In 2001, the Voting population of the country was, 27 million. The Working Taxpayers numbered 28 million.
In 2007, the Voting population of the country was 39 million. The Working Taxpayers numbered 29 million.
Is the TUC, trying to say this is good economics? When was the last time you heard announced, the figure for "money in circulation?"
Printing money is the easy way to relieve pressure on the Chancellor. Regards, ATFlynn.

Posted by: ATFlynn at June 20, 2007 07:56 PM