Friday, February 25, 2005

Labour Party warning on culture of “hire and fire”

Local Labour Party yesterday told the Gibraltar Trades Council that the MoD workforce could count with their unconditional support in the dispute over contractorisation.

A spokesman said:

“This will result in a hire and fire culture giving instability to the local workforce and labour market. This culture will also allow the contractors to employ foreign labour as they please on less than favourable conditions with the consequent squeeze on local labour. The loss of jobs are also a blow to the Gibraltar economy at a time when there is increasing pressure on our finance centre from the European Union and Spain. It is regrettable given the consequences for Gibraltar, that there has been no prior consultation with the Unions or the workforce. The UK Government has a political obligation to Gibraltar that goes beyond that of a good employer. It is not honouring that obligation”.

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