You can read 9 more articles this month
LABOUR said today that lowering the salary cap for migrants after Brexit won’t help recruit the staff the NHS needs.
The government-commissioned Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recommended that the government lower the salary threshold from £30,000 to £25,600 for migrants with job offers.
Today’s report by the body made a string of recommendations after reviewing plans for the Tories’ desired points-based immigration system (PBS), set to be introduced after Brexit.
But Labour shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said the government was “tying itself in knots” over whether to have a salary threshold.
She said: “Prime Minister [Boris Johnson] is saying there won’t be a salary threshold and Home Secretary [Priti Patel] is saying there will.
“Even a lower salary cap won’t help recruit the hospital staff we need, the social care workers or many of the new recruits to private businesses.
“We need a system based on treating people and their families decently who come here with firm job offers, whatever their pay level.”
Before the report was published, Ms Patel had said that British firms have become “far too reliant” on cheap labour from the European Union and that ministers will prioritise migration of high-skilled workers.
In response to the MAC recommendations, she said that ministers would consider them but stressed the report was “advisory.”
The report recommended that the government review the settlement process and potentially introduce a PBS for migrants without job offers.
It said replacing EU freedom of movement with an Australian-style post-Brexit PBS could cut economic growth and may only lead to “slightly reduced pressures” on hospitals, schools and social housing while having “slightly increased pressure” on social care.
The system could have “zero effect” on providing more British jobs for British workers, the report also suggested.
Unison assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said the MAC recommendations would not “allow a single care worker to come to the UK.”
She said: “Nor would the government’s idea of a one-year visa be any better. By the time care staff have arrived and settled into their jobs, it’d be time for them to leave.
“If wages were increased and training improved, people who already live and work in the UK might start to see care as an attractive career option.”
The University College Union warned against “treating [migrants] as commodities to be measured,” saying that they “bring huge benefits to our education system.”
Migrant rights’ organisation Migrant Voice slammed plans for a PBS as “crude, discriminatory and self-defeating.”
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.