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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. About 9 years ago I rented a flat that turned out to be an institutional landlord. I didn't know until I got to see the lease agreement. I was In a rush to get somewhere as I was starting a new job. When I went to view the place it was an absolute tip. The letting agency, Countrywide, assured me that this was an administrative error and that the place would be place would be deep cleaned etc. in time to allow me to move in on the agreed date. It wasn't, and I couldn't move in for another week. The previous tenant had left owing money, and the debt collection guy turned up at my door looking for him. Getting anything done was a nightmare, as it was some employee at the owning company that had to approve all works. One night the cooker shorted and blew the fuse. I reported this, as I was expected to in the agreement. The guy came out, saw all the blackening where it had fused, but couldn't work out what the fault was. He reported 'no fault found' and I got the £78 bill as e landlord said I was now liable. They wouldn't budge on it and took it out of my deposit when I left. They also had a ridiculous lease renewal charge with the management company that I wasn't informed of at the outset. I was a crap rental experience. I seem to remember it was L&G that owned the flat, but I am not sure.
  4. 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. We have an all singing and dancing 3D printer where I work, and we use it for rapid prototypes etc., it's very useful for what we do, but I don't think a single 'homer' job has been put through due to the material properties. We can print you a brilliant X-Wing Fighter though!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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...
  8. It's a merry go round. It'll stop at some point.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 can find industrious immigrant workers or (mostly) much less able domestic workers for the wage level we can afford to pay. There are 1,000 things wrong with government policy, but we can't change that, but by employing immigrants we get to keep the more highly paid jobs in the UK.
  11. 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.
  12. 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...
  13. 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.
  14. "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 that to some of the other Western European sites we had. We are battling to ensure that it doesn't happen to us. Fortunately, it would seem the case that the people that are willing to cross Europe to get a job are pretty motivated once in a job. The immigrants that we employ in the UK outperform the staff we have employed in Poland. About 75% of our sales are in the UK. If people were willing to pay a premium for items manufactured by Brits, then we wouldn't have any worries. Unfortunately, price is king. That'll be why we don't have a textiles business in the UK of any note any more, Primark is rammed full of customers buying cheap clothing made in Turkey, Vietnam, China etc. The reality is that when our domestic and immigrant workers are compared as two populations, our immigrant workers are more productive, more reliable, more flexible and have fewer days off.
  15. 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 or supervisory rely upon the hard work of the immigrants. So, if the immigrants go home we lose 50 skilled or managerial jobs in the UK. The British semi-skilled and unskilled would lose their jobs too. We'd be left with a Sales force selling the products made by our sister sites in Europe. Withdraw from Europe and the job I do disappears. Edit: spelling
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