Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Sir Keir Starmer warns businesses: ‘Days of low wages and cheap labor must end’

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At the Confederation of British Industry conference on Tuesday, the Labor leader wants to unveil plans to “invest more in training workers who are already here”.

Sir Keir will say Labor expects to keep a points-based immigration system, accepting the need for skilled foreign workers and promising a “pragmatic” approach to doing so labor shortage in some industries.

“We expect you to present a clear plan for higher skills and education, for better pay and conditions and for investment in new technologies,” he is expected to tell the business leaders gathered in Birmingham.

“But our common goal must be to help the British economy out of its immigration dependency. To start investing more in training workers who are already here.

“Migration is part of our national history – always has been and always will be. And the Labor Party will never belittle the contribution it makes to the economy, to public services, to your businesses and to our communities.

“But let me tell you – the days when low wages and cheap labor were part of Britain’s growth trajectory must end.”

Sir Keir will lay out Labor reform plans, including:

The Labor leader will warn that companies cannot “be more comfortable hiring people to work on low-paying, insecure, sometimes exploitative contracts” than investing in new technology to boost productivity.

Sir Keir’s speech comes as Rishi Sunak tempted to deny plans, ministers could seek to bring Britain into line with EU laws.

Some Conservative MPs have been angered by suggestions that the government is considering a Swiss-style relationship with Brussels.

But the Prime Minister told the CBI conference on Monday that Britain “will not seek a relationship with Europe based on alignment with EU laws”.

It is understood that Sir Keir will maintain his opposition to rejoining the EU’s single market.

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