Why comply with rules?

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As the referendum fallout consumes the political classes, they are all ignoring one of the biggest issues that needs to be addressed and one that is a priority for the workers of this region; the exclusion of British workers from British jobs.

Many will be aware of the demonstrations at the gates of Wilton over the Wilton 11 last year, and the ongoing issues of employing EU workers to do work that should be available to local and British tradesmen, but is being filled by foreign workers.

Many will feel this is unacceptable especially as these workers are being employed as self employed and therefore circumvent the minimum wages rules as they can work for any rate they are happy with.

This has led to rates of £4 per hour being paid to these workers who live in rooms in numbers that would be unacceptable to any decent employer or worker in this country.

A huge waste-to-energy project is being built at Boroughbridge, employing hundreds of workers from Eastern Europe, another biomass plant has started at Cramlington, employing 100 craftsmen for 18 months.

However, my understanding is that all these workers are coming from Poland, and there are more in the pipeline.

As we are leaving the EU why are we still complying with EU directives that force this situation on British tradesmen?

Why have we not heard about this from our elected MPs and councillors.

Chris Gallacher,

Chairman,

UKIP Redcar.