Saturday, February 26, 2005

Spanish workers react to MoD

Spanish workers in Gibraltar have declared that they are not prepared to “beg for jobs in third world conditions.”

The statement by their representative body ASCTEG came in response by declarations by the Chief Minister that contractorised jobs from MoD may go to Spanish workers.

A spokesman said that Spanish workers come to Gibraltar out of necessity and would rather be employed at home. They said that in some cases Social Security is so much better in Spain that some prefer to be on the dole there. But the group said that Social Insurance contributions on the Rock are, in turn, considerably higher.

On the remark that the work might go to Spanish workers the spokesman also said that it would make more sense for MoD to employ the cheapest labour on the market – Bulgarians, Rumanians and Portugese on short contracts.

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