Labor says Starmer’s ‘immigration dependency’ comment doesn’t mean politics the same as Conservatives – UK politics live

Key eventsHow Labor says it would change current work visa arrangementsIn its late-night press release on Keir Starmer’s speech, Labor identifies four changes it would make to the current rules that allow some foreigners to obtain work visas. He says he would reform and strengthen the way the migration advisory committee works so that it has better information, connects between government departments on labor shortages and skills shortages, and projects future trends.
Address visa processes and time for employers and employees to work, avoiding labor shortages that hurt the economy.
Making sure that where there are gaps that need to be filled through international recruitment, we also make sure that there is adequate training, plans to improve wages and conditions or modernization of sectors.
Make sure all employers capable of sponsoring visas meet decent standards of pay and conditions. What Starmer will tell the CBI about the need for companies to end their “reliance on immigration.” will say that a Labor government would be “pragmatic” about the shortage of workers in the economy and would not ignore the need for “skilled people” to come to the country. But he will continue: But I want to be clear here: with my Labor government, any move on our points-based migration system, whether through the skilled occupation route or the worker shortage list, will come with new conditions for workers. business.
We hope you will come up with a clear plan to increase skills and training, to improve wages and conditions, to invest in new technology.
But our common goal must be to help the British economy break its reliance on immigration. Start investing more in training the workers who are already here.
Migration is part of our national history, always has been, and always will be. And Labor will never diminish the contribution it makes to the economy, public services, its businesses and our communities.
But let me tell you: the days of low wages and cheap labor being part of the British style of growth must end.
Now, I know that most companies understand this. But when we look at our economy as a whole, it can seem like we’re more comfortable hiring people to work under low-paying, insecure, and sometimes exploitative contracts than we are investing in the new technology that offers workers, productivity, and our country. .
And we can’t compete like that. Britain’s low wage model has to go. It does not serve working people. It does not support base growth. Labor says Starmer’s promise to end corporate “reliance on immigration” does not make his politics the same as the Conservatives Good morning. Keir Starmer is speaking to the CBI this morning and, as my colleague Jessica Elgot reports in our evening briefing, he will say that “our common goal must be to help the British economy break its reliance on immigration. To start investing more in training the workers who are already here.” And here is another quote from the speech. We are not going back to the same old broken model with low wages, low growth, low skills and low productivity, all of that. allowed and was assisted by uncontrolled immigration… The answer… is not to reach for that same old lever of uncontrolled immigration, to keep wages low.
The answer is to control immigration, to allow talented people to come into this country, but not to use immigration as an excuse not to invest in people, in skills, and in the equipment, the facilities, the machinery that they need to do their jobs. .
Oops, sorry, bad speech. That’s not Keir Starmer for the CBI in 2022. That was Boris Johnson for the Conservative Party conference in 2021. The comparison shows how deliberately Labor is involved in a major piece of repositioning, on a central Brexit issue. debate and center of voter concern. But that does not mean that the positions of the Conservative and Labor parties are now identical. Jonathan Reynolds, the shadow business secretary, was giving interviews this morning and was told on the Today show by Amol Rajan, the presenter, that it was now very difficult to see the difference between the two parties in their approach to migrant workers. Reynolds responded: I would say that on the issue of better wages and conditions in something like the care sector, we have clear employment policies that we have laid out, things like fair pay agreements, that would drive [pay] across the industry. [On] salary and conditions, there is no approach from the government in this regard. They haven’t even fulfilled their promise of a jobs law.
On things like better skills training, the apprenticeship tax was good policy, but it led to a massive decline in the number of apprenticeships since it was introduced. I think our policy of giving companies more freedom would strengthen apprenticeships, but it would also allow them to spend part of that tax on other forms of training.
I don’t think anyone can say right now, if you look at the shortage in the labor market, but also at the situation with skills training in the country, that these things are being delivered now. So I think ours is a clear plan, a clear improvement on what’s going on right now. 9:45 am: Keir Starmer gives his speech at the CBI conference. 11:30 a.m. Justice secretary, answers questions in the House of Commons. 2:30pm: Raab testifies before the House of Commons justice committee. Evening: Cyril Ramaphosa, the South African President, addresses MPs and peers in the Royal Gallery, Westminster as part of his state visit. I try to monitor the below the line (BTL) comments but it’s impossible to read them all. If he has a direct question, he puts “Andrew” somewhere and he’s more likely to find it. I try to answer questions and if they are of general interest I will post the question and answer above the line (ATL), although I can’t promise to do this for everyone. If you want to get my attention quickly, it’s probably best to use Twitter. I’m in @AndrewSparrow.Alternatively, you can email me at [email protected] 04.14 EST

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