|Bus firm flew bosses
to Poland to hire 50 foreign drivers
after claiming they could not find Brits to fill the jobs
2.46million Britons on the dole... but company still goes abroad for
Emerges days after Home-office sponsored groups says immigrants ARE
taking British jobs
A UK bus operator flew bosses to Poland to recruit 50 new drivers
despite there being 2.6million people on the dole in the UK.
Abellio, a subsidiary of the Dutch state rail operator, claimed it
could not find suitable British candidates to work on routes in central
and South West London.
The firm went on a massive recruitment drive in former Soviet country
to expand its workforce. They claimed that there were 'no suitable'
But a current employee at the transport giant said he knew a number of
friends who had been interviewed for the posts - and turned down.
'The Routemaster will soon be back in the capital. What a shame if
British drivers miss out on the chance to drive it,' the driver, who
wished to remain anonymous, told the Sun.
An Abellio spokesman said: 'In order to supplement recruitment in the
UK we held an open day in Poland where 51 experienced bus drivers were
'We are not aware of any occasion where a suitable candidate has been
The Polish drivers, some of whom have already started work, will be
paid £10.60 an hour for the first two years at which point it
will increase to £11.50.
There are currently 2.64 million unemployed people in Britain. Critics
would suggest that any number of these would have been suitable
candidates to drive the iconic buses.
The revalation comes as it was revealed that 160,000 Britons have
missed out on employment because work was taken by foreigners.
The traditional Routemaster that would have almost certainly have been
driven by a hardened Londoner with a thorough knowledge of the
For every four migrant workers who come to the country from outside the
EU, one British job is lost, the experts said.
The Migration Advisory Committee also criticised the way ministers have
used the potential impact on Gross Domestic Product, or GDP – the total
size of the economy – to decide whether large-scale immigration was
Professor David Metcalf, chairman of the MAC, said it had led
‘inexorably’ to ‘pro-immigration’ policies because more migrants will
logically expand the economy.
He called on ministers instead to consider the impact on schools,
hospitals, congestion, crime rates and house prices.
It follows a contrasting report by the National Institute of Economic
and Social Research which said the number of immigrants coming to the
UK had little or no impact on the number of unemployed.
The MAC report found that house prices and rents are being pushed up by
the number of migrants coming to the UK.
It added that migrants will inevitably contribute to the demand for
public services, commit crime and generate congestion in the same way
any increase in the UK-born population would.
However, the report concluded that migrants from inside the EU,
including Eastern Europe, have ‘little or no impact on the native