The Irish government has followed their British counterparts in banning the free entrance to the labour market to Romanian and Bulgarian workers when their countries enter the European Union next year.
Who does this benefit? It’s intended to protect workers in the home labour markets, but the permit system that will be applied to the Romanians and the Bulgarians is no different than that which currently applies to the Chinese in
No-one knows how many Chinese are in
Who has the work permit system benefited? Not the Irish workers, not the immigrant workers; it has benefited unscrupulous employers who know that the illegal workers are in no position to bargain.
So it will be with the Romanians and Bulgarians, if their economic plight is such that they are not to be accorded the rights enjoyed by other European Union nationals, they will still come and they will accept the exploitative work as millions of Irish did in the
The government has made a grand gesture and, as always, the working man pays for it.European Union next year. rts in banning Romanian