Monday, March 14, 2011

Retail giant Tesco recruits store bosses from SLOVAKIA after British workers shun supermarket jobs

Most Australians will believe this: Unemployed Brits too lazy and hooked on welfare to work

Tesco is recruiting staff for its UK stores from Slovakia after bosses claimed no suitable British candidates were available, it emerged last night. The supermarket chain has offered 12 weeks' training, plus help with immigration paperwork and housing, in a bid to lure English-speaking recruits from eastern-Europe.

Bosses deny that they are turning abroad for cheap labour. They claim that they are struggling to fill roles with British candidates - despite the 2.5million lining up for unemployment benefits.

UK store managers' salaries range from £26,000 to £60,000 a year. The average wage in Slovakia is £7,500. The country, formerly part of communist Czechoslovakia, has has an unemployment rate of 14.5 per cent.

The vacant posts are in London, where unemployment is 6.3 per cent. The chain is looking for at least 238 staff to fill posts across the capital.

A Tesco spokesman told the Sun: 'We make every effort to recruit from local communities, but we can't always fill vacancies. 'It is much more expensive to recruit from Europe. We do it as a last resort.'


Illegal immigrants to Australia break out from detention

The wisdom of the former conservative government in locating detention facilities on a remote island is demonstrated

Two plane loads of police and security staff have flown to Christmas Island to counter two breakouts by more than 200 immigration detainees who smashed through security doors and fences.

More than 150 broke out of the immigration detention centre on Friday night and while many of them have returned to the centre another group of fewer than 100 also got out and many are still at large.

A spokesman for the Immigration Department yesterday said a chartered aircraft flew in more security staff from the department and Serco, the private company running the centre, on Saturday night.

A second aircraft was scheduled to leave Perth later yesterday with Australian Federal Police reinforcements. The spokesman said that in line with policy, the department did not disclose the numbers of personnel being deployed to Christmas Island.

The spokesman confirmed security doors and fences had been damaged but said it was "not major damage" and the centre was calm.

Jamal Daoud, a spokesman for the Social Justice Network, said that he had been told by people who had been contacted by detainees that the asylum seekers had "destroyed all inner doors with electrical locks" in parts of the centre on Friday night and then smashed fences to get out.

The aim of the escapees was to be photographed by residents in order to make Australians aware of the "tragic situation of refugees in detention centres".

Mr Daoud, citing an email he had received from a Darwin detainee who had heard from people inside the Christmas Island centre, said the refugees were taking the action because they had all lost hope of obtaining a protection visa as the number of asylum seekers was increasing and the immigration processing was very slow.

There are now 2562 people held in Christmas Island, which was originally designed to house 500.

The department's spokesman, Sandi Logan, said yesterday that the detainees should be aware that the protest action would not influence decision-making concerning their bids for refugee status.

The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, said the situation was "well in hand". The escapees had "nowhere to go other than to other parts of the island". "At all times they were watched by our staff up there and the AFP officers will obviously be working to get people back into the facility," Ms Gillard said.

The Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, said "this is the kind of thing that happens when you've got thousands of people in immigration detention and the only way to ensure that this … doesn't happen is to stop the boats".


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