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Training is the answer

LETTERS

Sir, I am an electrician and in my third month of unemployment.

It surprised me therefore when I read in Construction News that the Construction Confederation is campaigning for the retention of the opt-out on the European Working Time Directive, stating that it impedes the skills shortage in the industry.

The long-term answer is to lobby for a better training programme instead of expecting British construction workers to work longer hours than those in the rest of Europe.

M J McCarthy Ilford Essex