Something to think about when bemoaning the Taiwan buxiban industry. These people are all legally entitled to work in the UK. The Poles don’t need work permits, and the Filipina nurses have work permits. So thank God you’re not a foreigner working for a low wage in the UK. (I suspect however the difference will be that there are umpteen agencies who will jump on this and that the public will give a shit - unlike the Taiwanese public.)
[quote]The house the Poles had been taken to, in an anonymously respectable cul-de-sac in a quiet Exeter suburb that forms part of the Labour minister Ben Bradshaw’s constituency, was unremarkable outside. Inside there was no furniture, just mountains of rubbish, piles of syringes, soiled mattresses on the floor, and a terrible smell. They slept on the bare mattresses that night and were taken by the minivan to their 2-10pm shift the next day.
Twenty Poles were in the house the night the Guardian visited, 10 of whom were sleeping there, three and four to a small room, with the other 10 in another small house nearby. It was after 11pm and they had just been driven back from their late shift putting Sainsbury’s chicken portions on plastic trays at the state-of-the-art Lloyd Maunder meat factory near Tiverton.
Even a cursory glance showed that there was something seriously wrong with their national insurance numbers - several of them had the same one. They were having tax deducted at the high emergency rate, though the tax office said it had not yet received payments for them.
“I came to this free country as a free man wanting to work hard. I feel robbed, robbed of my rights. How can this happen?” he said.
In February this year 30 nurses from the Philippines, employed in the south Glasgow University Hospitals NHS trust, were found to be receiving just