Banning Bulgarian and Romanian workers is inconsistent, announced TUC General Secretary 18 December 2008. Responding to the Government’s decision today (Thursday) to retain the current restrictions on employment rights for Bulgarian and Romanian migrants, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
‘Keeping the barriers up is inconsistent with what Ministers have been saying about resisting protectionism. Banning Bulgarian and Romanian workers while allowing the self-employed in will simply lead to more bogus self-employment.
‘The Government should concentrate on providing equal rights for all at work to prevent exploitation and undercutting, and meeting skill shortages through greater efforts on training.’
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