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About CynicAl

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  1. It is at least a measure that helps to reduce the advantage that BTL'ers have over people who actually want homes. Still waiting for a Land Tax though.....or pitchforks and burning torches.
  2. I wonder what would happen if we factored in the 'state subsidy' to low paying private companies.. If we added in the extra benefits paid to low hourly rate staff in the private sector. Would that go some way to redressing this issue?
  3. I am completely unconvinced that this will revolutionise anything for most people. Most people can barely cook a meal in our modern society, so the idea that they will strip down their lawnmower, identify the crack in the carburretor housing, locate a suitable CAD file on the web for the cheap Chinese injection moulding, print it, then refit it to the lawnmower seems entirely unlikely to me. There will be some techno-savvy people that will use the technology, but even then, not a lot. The physical properties of printed items in terms of strenght don't match normal manufacturing processes.
  4. Off topic, but the immigrants we have the biggest problem with are the descendants of the Norman invaders in the 11th century. They still own most of the country and retain a large proportion of the wealth of the country.
  5. We have about 50% of our direct labour who are indigenous. About 90% of all office and supervisory and managerial staff are indigenous. You propose what? Increase wages to attract higher quality British staff (assuming that the repetitive and low skilled nature of the work does not put them of anyway), start making losing business to the competition due to our uncompetitive nature and then all sign on after the jobs are relocated overseas as we cannot offer the level of ROI that our owners require? We operate in the environment we find ourselves in.
  6. A big chunk of the decrease in net immigration is to do with Brits fleeing the UK. I keep contemplating doing the same, if only for the better weather...
  7. It's a merry go round. It'll stop at some point.
  8. Personally, I'd like to see a sea change in government policy to place much more emphasis on making stuff. A few world class engineering companies still exist in this country, and we could have more. If we were a net exporter of manufactured goods, then we may have a very different perspective on free trade.
  9. We can only react to the situation we are in. If high quality domestic workers won't work for the wages we need to pay to compete with international competition, then we will employ people who will. If we don't, then almost all the jobs go overseas. We pay significantly above NMW for unskilled labour, and we need to compete against companies with an hourly that equates to about 1/3 of ours. Before the entry of Poland et al into the EU we got by with domestic workers as our competition was domestic or Western European. Things changed, and we had to change in response. We have a choice, we ca
  10. Yup, tariffs would let us compete, the question is, would we be better off out of the free trade area that we are in? Companies heavily reliant on exports to the EU would probably go to the wall, but other companies would have a greater opportunity to service the domestic market. We've destroyed most of our manufacturing base, might be worth a punt.
  11. I was only talking about our workers, not healthcare tourists. Still, best not to talk about the NHS and immigrants, we appear to go round the world taking all the trained doctors and nurses from the 3rd world to work in it. And we don't have to pay for their training. Leaves them a bit short, right enough...
  12. Sorry, you'll have to explain what is subsidised about these jobs. Most of our immigrant staff are young and I don't believe that they will qualify for any help from the government. They earn enough that they don't qualify for housing benefit and they usually share houses with everyone in the house working. I could be wrong though as my investigations have only been through the online government calculators. As for the cost imposed, NHS etc.? I'd think they pay more in tax than they take out, and without them there'd be another lot of UK workers without employment.
  13. "Utter rubbish!" - Maybe in your experience, but demonstrably not in mine. How exactly do you propose we try harder to recruit Brits? We have tried numerous ways. All our apprentices are British, and we have found about 25% of them to have a decent work ethic. When we have an need to increase production we initially employ temps, and if that increase looks to be permanent, we offer the premanent jobs to those that have proven themselves to be good. We also advertise in the local press, job centres and use agencies. As for moving the factory to Poland, our parent company has done just tha
  14. I work for a manufacturing company that is heavily reliant upon immigrant workers; mainly Poles, but also Lithuanians and Hungarians. We have difficulty in getting British staff that can match the productivity of the immigrants. We compete with businesses across Europe, and were it not for the immigrants we probably would have difficulty competing. The immigrants do suppress wages, but the alternative is that our business would not exist. At our site we employ c.150 people, about 40 of these are immigrants doing semi-skilled or unskilled work. About 50 British workers, mainly office based
  15. The course for primary school teachers is quite vocational, with significant periods of time spent in classrooms assisting experienced teachers. It's funny that you are in Switzerland, as for their pre-school teachers they have an apprentice-type qualification system. They also pay nearly twice as much as the UK, certainly in the Swiss-German cantons. i agree with you that there are many jobs for which degrees are not needed, in the UK we have pursued a policy of sending most children to University in order to delay their addition to the unemployment figures. I think another poster hits the
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