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Government labour guidelines need to be tightened

While the strike at the Lindsey refinery has now ended, there are concerns that the UK government is afraid to install legal guidelines regarding future employment of UK workers. However, they have issued informal guidelines which require foreign companies working in the UK to appreciate the need to employ local labour. The new guidelines for those seeking government contracts will also confirm the need for overseas companies to "appreciate their corporate social responsibility" in a bid to defuse the employment crisis in UK.

There are concerns in union circles that the move does not go far enough and legally oblige all companies working on government contracts to employ a significant number of the local workforce. Gordon Brown is now in a very tricky situation because legally he is not allowed to force companies to employ local workers although he is under pressure from his paymasters the unions.

The employment situation in the UK is set to be reflected across Europe as governments are forced to look inwards and install protectionism measures for the local workforces. This is exactly the situation which Gordon Brown has been trying to avoid but one which appears to be inevitable the longer the recession continues.

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