Tesco and Next shunning locals in favour of foreigners, British Labour Party to say
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour Party is to accuse supermarket giant Tesco and clothing retailer Next of turning away British workers where possible to exploit cheaper migrant labour.
In a speech that will drag the companies into a politically charged immigration debate ahead of a 2015 election, senior Labour lawmaker and immigration spokesman Chris Bryant will accuse the companies on Monday of deliberately excluding British people.
"It is unfair that unscrupulous employers whose only interest seems to be finding labour as cheaply as possible, will recruit workers in large numbers in low wage countries in the European Union, (and) bring them to the UK," Mr Bryant will say, according to advance extracts of his speech.
Polls show immigration is one of the subjects that worries British voters the most and any perception that retailers are deliberately disadvantaging locals could damage Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives as well as the companies themselves.