Firms should pay if they go

First published in Letters

I AM of the opinion that this country is run by irresponsible nincompoops who have no thought whatsoever for the people they are there to serve. We have a chancellor who loans a country money at very low interest rates that results in that country taking our business away from us, which can only be described a scandalous. Ford Transit vans, a reputable business of long standing, having to lay off its workforce because of this illogical loan is deplorable.

Any company that closes down British businesses to open up in another country for their individual greed should be made to pay the employees they leave behind, many with families and homes to pay for. The time has come when we should ignore EU rules and not pay for people’s children living in their own homeland, if in fact they are their children. Give British people a job first before offering positions to outsiders. When are we going to see a government that thinks and acts for the British public before looking abroad?

Ken Holder, Hill Street, Risca

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12:48am Tue 13 Nov 12

corpardguy says...

AS long as the "market " is Global then this sort of thing is going to happen. This is where history becomes valuable.... Remember Llanwern, and goodness knows how many more Smokestack jobs, heavy on labour light on technology.
If you are not in a high tech job or environment, I urgently advise you to get in one, FAST.
Several years ago everyone was hipping jobs to Mexico, then it was China, now its India and China AND south east Asia May I remind you that most of the worlds population resides in these places and their wages will not be catching up anytime soon.
Ford Transit cannot keep their share holders happy if they do not maximize profits. The company is NOT in business to supply jobs , its in business to supply dividends and CASH to the owners...not its workers. Sorry but that's the facts!
AS long as the "market " is Global then this sort of thing is going to happen. This is where history becomes valuable.... Remember Llanwern, and goodness knows how many more Smokestack jobs, heavy on labour light on technology. If you are not in a high tech job or environment, I urgently advise you to get in one, FAST. Several years ago everyone was hipping jobs to Mexico, then it was China, now its India and China AND south east Asia May I remind you that most of the worlds population resides in these places and their wages will not be catching up anytime soon. Ford Transit cannot keep their share holders happy if they do not maximize profits. The company is NOT in business to supply jobs , its in business to supply dividends and CASH to the owners...not its workers. Sorry but that's the facts! corpardguy
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5:11pm Tue 13 Nov 12

rugbytaff says...

cheap importss are hitting us very hard wages are so high in this country we cannot compete with their prices perhaps its time to return to an import duty on all non EU goods to bring them up to a price we can compete with and thereby creating jobs at home
cheap importss are hitting us very hard wages are so high in this country we cannot compete with their prices perhaps its time to return to an import duty on all non EU goods to bring them up to a price we can compete with and thereby creating jobs at home rugbytaff
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9:11pm Tue 13 Nov 12

corpardguy says...

Rugbytaff
Your intentions are good but arithmetic is wrong. Import Tariffs mean you will have ordinary goods priced so high everyone will need wage rises to afford them!!.... see where that leads......

No the answer is to concentrate on high tech and new technology jobs that the 'newbies cant learn and make sure everyone in the 1st world has a good education and can USE IT, or else we will all be back on the farm.
The US/EU space programs are a case in point. The spin off jobs in ultra high tech machining and welding together with other manufacturing techniques and products/alloys/comp
osites/microwaves etc and even down to things like pens that write at any angle without gravity make sure there is a future for workers who can think, design and plan. I am afraid the need for basic manual and store minder types is very limited in a modern economy. Certainly some will be/are needed, but not to the same extent as in the 50s or 60s (or even the 90s.
Rugbytaff Your intentions are good but arithmetic is wrong. Import Tariffs mean you will have ordinary goods priced so high everyone will need wage rises to afford them!!.... see where that leads...... No the answer is to concentrate on high tech and new technology jobs that the 'newbies cant learn and make sure everyone in the 1st world has a good education and can USE IT, or else we will all be back on the farm. The US/EU space programs are a case in point. The spin off jobs in ultra high tech machining and welding together with other manufacturing techniques and products/alloys/comp osites/microwaves etc and even down to things like pens that write at any angle without gravity make sure there is a future for workers who can think, design and plan. I am afraid the need for basic manual and store minder types is very limited in a modern economy. Certainly some will be/are needed, but not to the same extent as in the 50s or 60s (or even the 90s. corpardguy
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