Our niece contacted us last night the company she works for the Water board has started laying off some of their gangs who are employed to dig up the roads to repair the pipes and some of the office staff have been put on reduced hours ,when a big company like hers start laying off we are not out of this by a long shot .
The other bone of contention with me and it annoys the hell out of me ,is how companies are taking advantage of the recession .
Up until about 18 months ago a carpenter could earn on average about £15 per hour now most companies are dropping down to around the £12 mark ,and agencies ,who i dont have a great deal of time for are insulting you at around £9 an hour all for a fully qualified tradesman ,its an insult and they are just taking advantage .They must have forgot about the high cost of living in this country.
There was a time when you could drive around the sites go and see the site foreman and as long as you could do the job you were in ,not now theres loads of carpenters brickies sparkies etc out of work ,and those that are working dont know how long the contracts going to last .
I know im on my soap box but its something i feel passionate about ,every time an election comes up all the parties are going to improve things ,they promises you the earth and dont deliver ,as ive said before they "All piss in the same pot ",they dont give a damn about the working class man .
Over here there arent many youngsters who want to do apprenticeships and go into the building game its hard graft after all .
The government have tried to encourage the youth to take up the apprenticeships with advertisements ,what they fail to remember is there arent the jobs out there .
Ive watched the debates in the houses of common and i wonder how they can make a decision on how to fart let alone run our country half of the mps are asleep during the debates about one thing or another ,and its a wonder why we are in a recession .
Canada Australia and New Zealand all have stringent immigration laws and rightly so .Not good old England we let anyone in ,you dont have to work just come in and take the benefits ,and those that do choose to work (few and far between) send half the money out of the country ,doing our economy the world of good ,its a wonder why we want to leave.
Anyway sorry folks im off my soap box now ,ill go have a brew(cup of tea )and calm down