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Labour Amends Foreign Workers Speech

August 14, 2013 2:00 pm Published by

Following a recent speech, Labours immigration spokesperson, Mr Bryant, has modified his criticisms of two of the UK’s biggest retailers, over claims that they were neglecting the UK population for their workforce and favouring workers from Eastern Europe. Tesco and Next were targeted in which has been described by critics as a sloppy and poorly thought out speech. Next was cited as having used a recruitment company that was purely for Polish workers, and neglecting the local workforce. 

These comments were hit by a backlash of concerns, particularly from the retailers themselves. In the speech whilst referring to Tesco, Mr Bryant had been due to say the workers had been “recruited in Poland and charged £50 to find them accommodation”.

Before the speech, Tesco denied some of Mr Bryant’s claims, saying he had been “wrong” to say it had a new distribution centre in Kent, when it had been wrongly drafted and was in fact in Dagenham.

After initial complaints from the company, the comments were removed eventually, Mr Bryant accepted his mistakes in his speech, and stated that they were ‘entirely his responsibility’. A Tesco spokesman said: “We’re pleased that Mr Bryant has recognised that Tesco is a good employer and an important source of jobs in Britain”. 

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