LETTER: The NFU doesn’t place any value on these jobs either

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I am somewhat puzzled by the comments made in the article ‘Jobless are shy of hard labour’ in the July 5 edition of the Lincolnshire Free Press.

I am somewhat puzzled by the comments made in the article ‘Jobless are shy of hard labour’ in the July 5 edition of the Lincolnshire Free Press.

For a start what age group are they alluding to as it can make a vast difference to the meaning?

Iain Duncan Smith’s comments have been taken out of context – he said British businesses.

I don’t think he was talking about dead-end jobs where no future would be offered to our young people.

One can only presume that migrant labourers do it because it pays more than they would otherwise get in their home country.

That brings me to the point about the value in jobs and how they are perceived.

It is not the fault of our young people – we teach them what the value in jobs is.

And here you have it. Mr Fisher (National Farmers’ Union policy advisor) says it all with regard to this, when he comments “bottom end of the market”.

He doesn’t, as far as I can see, place any value on these jobs either.

The other thing is where are these jobs advertised?

I go in the JobCentre on a regular basis and I don’t see the jobs he talks about advertised here or in the paper.

If these jobs are available then one can only presume that they are taken from word of mouth. If that’s the case then migrant workers have the upper hand here.

I would like to add that businesses extol the virtue of migrant workers who on the whole work for poor wages, so they are going to praise them.

One would presume from the comments made that they wouldn’t be prepared to give our young people jobs anyway because they have such a poor opinion of them.

Poor and declining wages have a massive implication for the future of our economy so let’s encourage our young to work hard for a decent living.

In my opinion businesses are happy with what they have got... cheap labour.

R BARRETT

Spalding