Saturday, January 14, 2012

Bus firm flew bosses to Poland to hire 50 foreign drivers after claiming they could not find Brits to fill the jobs

A UK bus operator flew bosses to Poland to recruit 50 new drivers despite there being 2.6million people on the dole in the UK.

Abellio, a subsidiary of the Dutch state rail operator, claimed it could not find suitable British candidates to work on routes in central and South West London.

The Polish drivers, some of whom have already started work, will be paid £10.60 an hour for the first two years at which point it will increase to £11.50.

Abellio's spokesman told the Sun newspaper: 'In order to supplement recruitment in the UK we held an open day in Poland where 51 experienced bus drivers were recruited.

'We are not aware of any occasion where a suitable candidate has been turned away.'

Earlier this week it was revealed that 160,000 Britons have missed out on employment because work was taken by foreigners.

For every four migrant workers who come to the country from outside the EU, one British job is lost, the experts said. Read More