26 February 2015
Responding to the Office for National Statistics migration statistics published today (Thursday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
"The government needs to stop playing a numbers game with migration figures. It's time to get real about what politicians can actually do about migration. Politicians should stop pretending to the electorate and start doing things that will make a difference.
"We need to get tougher with employers who seek to exploit migrants working in the UK, and with employers who use migrants to undermine existing workers' terms and conditions.
"Unions can help by blowing the whistle on exploitation and undercutting, making sure migrants know their rights, and bargaining for skills, decent pay and opportunities for young workers. Whether they’re migrants or not, everyone deserves to be treated decently at work and to receive a fair wage."
NOTES TO EDITORS:
- The TUC is organising Fair Pay Fortnight 2015 between Monday 16 February and Sunday 1 March. The Fortnight is part of the TUC’s Britain Needs a Pay Rise campaign and will feature a series of events across England and Wales to raise awareness about low pay, pay inequality and the need for higher pay settlements in the public and private sector. For more information please visit www.fairpayfortnight.org
- All TUC press releases can be found at www.tuc.org.uk
- Follow the TUC on Twitter: @tucnews
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