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Talks planned on migrants

GEORGE Brumwell is to hold talks with ministers in the latest effort to change the Government's stance over the European posted workers directive on the UK construction industry.

The former Ucatt leader is due to raise the issue with employee relations minister Gerry Sutcliffe and construction minister Nigel Griffiths next week.

Speaking at a TUC conference on migrant workers last week, Mr Brumwell said: 'We are concerned with the interpretation that the Government puts on the directive.

The spirit and intention of the directive was that terms and conditions should be extended to workers coming into that country.

'A construction worker could earn £12 per hour in London, but, under the Government's interpretation of the directive, employers can pay the minimum wage to workers from overseas.'