The ‘First Chance’ rule – also known as the ‘Resident Labour Market Test’ – is an immigration safeguard that means UK workers have the first opportunity to apply for job openings before such vacancies are offered overseas.
With the number of UK jobcentre claimants rising by 126% since the lockdown began, it is vital that Britain gets back to work quickly.
That’s why we need to stop the government from scrapping the ‘First Chance’ rule.
77% of the public say getting UK people back on the job should be the priority; not more mass overseas hiring drives (see more details of May 2020 Deltapoll commissioned by Migration Watch UK).
But some UK companies have a sorry track record on nurturing homegrown talent.
They sometimes ignore social responsibilities, failing to invest in UK workers with decent wages, proper conditions and sufficient training.
Instead they increasingly fall back on hiring overseas in order to save money and boost profits, while ignoring the need to invest in people and productivity.
But the situation would be far worse if UK workers had not been protected for decades by the ‘First Chance’ rule.
Under the rule, employers need to advertise jobs here first before seeking workers from abroad.
Even New Labour kept the rule. So did David Cameron.
It’s been supported by Jobcentre Plus and the OECD.
Many other countries have similar rules in place.
Now, however, the UK government is planning to scrap it.
Doing so would help expose our workers to unlimited global recruitment.
Turning first to overseas recruitment is frankly immoral, especially with unemployment claims rocketing.
Please ask your MP not to support this.
Getting back control of our borders is vital.
But MPs must ensure that the First Chance Rule (also known as the Resident Labour Market Test) stays.
To scrap it would add insult to injury to British workers when they are already down and hurting.
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