Registered On: September 7, 2015
Eastern European migrants also stick at it more with the likes of Amazon too, along with care and cleaning. This is in some ways laudable, but we shouldn’t be so eager to side with the employers who often seek to go for who puts up the least resistance to their demands. I am not saying the employers are necessarily evil or wrongdoers here, they’re thinking of their business, but for worker’s rights I will always side with right for the worker.
Eastern European migrants have put up with such for many reasons. Coming further is greater motivation to succeed, but they are also typically from countries with little to no trade union history. British workers don’t want to work in Amazon and such to the same degree, because their conditions are seen as demeaning. This has its downsides, obviously, but the positive is that there is an ingrained culture for at least some protection of worker’s rights.
None of this blames the eastern European migrant. However, everything from the conditions not being conductive to what many in Britain hold dear hinder here. Many unemployed live in towns or cities and don’t want to work such long hours alongside travel, don’t want insecure jobs as they want to establish a family like their parents, work in farms is seasonal and not good for career longevity and such. This is less likely to be a hindrance to migrants who have no family ties here and different motivations and dreams. They want to make a living for themselves, which is fair, and such jobs provide that. Their goal is to make more money than they would do in their home country; and such jobs are a way of doing that. Brits have different dreams as residents of this country. Most want to establish themselves as families here and have a good career. Fruit and veg picking doesn’t lend itself well to this and I don’t think the older generations (or anyone) can blame the young for wanting what they achieved as a whole.
My point here isn’t to damn the migrant worker. Their motives are perfectly fine and I support immigration. The reason why we have higher wages for such jobs now is because demand is vital; they no longer have the migrants who will fill them, so it’s not a sure sign of Brexit greatness, as Big J alludes. However, I do not believe in damning the British young and workers either because they have different motives in work to migrants.