The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has launched an enquiry into a company which advertised a job stating that the candidate should preferably be of ‘Indian origin’, but once again big companies are overlooked while they exploit human labour and stir race relations in communities.
Technology company Tony Harris is at the centre of a race row after an advert for a post placed on a popular recruitment website stated that the candidate should preferably be of Indian origin.
Conservative MP David Davies called the advert “…quite racist” and asked the EHRC to be steadfast in their investigation. (MailOnline: 18 March)
The company has since taken down the advert with the recruitment firm’s managing director Laurie Boyall saying “It should not have been put up, and was cut and pasted from material sent to us by a client in India.”
Cheap labour & public deception
One of the problems with free market capitalism is that the pursuit of profit often means that big companies are looking for the cheapest labour force to produce their goods and this is where the media plays a role in deceiving the public about what is happening in their communities.
Rather than explain to people how big companies are a threat to workers all over the world the media helps construct an image of economic migrants stealing the jobs of British workers and companies favouring Eastern European workers to British workers. What the public is not told is that the government has invited economic migrants from different countries to fill essential roles in industries.
The question must be asked when was the government so concerned about migrant workers taking the jobs of British people? Has the run up to the general election produced convenient political soundbites by MPs like David Davies?
The media defends migrant workers when it suits them and then criticises firms for hiring them. This two-faced game that the media plays exploits racial tensions in communities.
Author and freelance journalist, Jeremy Seabrook, said in his article titled, “Inside the global lock-up” in October 2000 that immigrant workers “…are required now in Britain to keep the cost of labour down and to avoid wage-led inflation.”
In another report by Andy McSmith on Thursday, 8 March, 2007, on The Independent UK online, he said that “Britain is becoming the moral “poor man” of Europe because it is using migrant labour to expand the economy while doing almost nothing to protect immigrants from exploitation, according to a report commissioned by the Catholic Church.”
According to a BBC online report by Caroline Ryan, on Monday 28 April 2003, a nursing leader said that the NHS was in a “race against time” to replace 50,000 nurses in five years. Dr Beverley Malone, general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said that without an influx of foreign nurses the NHS would literally come to a “standstill”.
The fact is the media is distorting the facts, and the one hand the British economy needs and actively recruits foreign workers and on the other hand the government and media then turn round and use those groups as scapegoats in the run up to a general election.
The threat to British jobs comes not from Indian workers, or migrant workers, the real threat comes from big companies that sees British workers as too expensive to hire.
It is big companies with the help of the media which exploits race relations in this country and they continue to get away with it.
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