Immigration, the labour movement and the left in Britain today

Posted: September 30, 2016 in Uncategorized

Article by Kevin Ovenden on how racist anti-immigration arguments should be opposed with arguments based on economic realities.
Excellent analysis.

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Unite leader Len McCluskey said in his speech to the Labour Party conference: “I believe that the question of free movement of labour is a question not only in the UK but in Europe. No one talks of countries where migrant labour come from being denuded of skills.”

 
He did so in the context of explicitly supporting Jeremy Corbyn’s refusal to concede to calls from the right wing and soft left of the Parliamentary Labour Party for further immigration restriction into Britain, something which is now set to be a central dividing line in British politics. 
 
McCluskey said that Corbyn’s call for collective bargaining rights, a minimum wage of £10 and hour and stronger union organisation addressed the issue of bosses super-exploiting many migrant workers.
 
At the same time, the British labour movement…

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