UKIP's plan to scrap discrimination laws attacked by REC

Following the revelation that UKIP would scrap legislation that prevents employers discriminating on the basis of nationality, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has claimed the move would take Britain back to the ‘bad old days’.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s comment to a Channel 4 documentary, due to be aired next week, has been criticised by the leaders of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties, with Downing Street calling his comments ‘deeply concerning’.

REC Chief Executive, Kevin Green, said: “Getting rid of race equality rules that would mean workers could be blatantly discriminated against on the basis of their race would be an appalling step backwards for our modern, dynamic labour market.  As well as opening the door for outright discrimination such a move would leave no room to challenge unconscious bias in workplace.

“Recruiters help candidates find the right role for their skills, and employers find the best person for the job, regardless of race or gender. What people look like or where they come from should never, ever be the basis of a hiring decision. It's a person’s capability and attitude which is important for British businesses not their skin colour.

“What Nigel Farage seems to be suggesting would be a return to the bad old days.”

Farage has since claimed that his remarks were “wilfully misinterpreted”, saying he was talking about nationality not race.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today Programme he said he was making the point that employers should be able to discriminate in favour of British workers.

“I didn't mention race at all. There was no part of that interview which I ever said it at all.

“What I said was that I do believe there should be a presumption for British employers in favour of them employing British people as opposed to somebody from Poland. That is exactly what I said,” he added.

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Comments (6)

  • Go Nigel
    Go Nigel
    Tue, 17 Mar 2015 9:08am GMT
    "It's a person’s capability and attitude which is important for British businesses not their skin colour." -- yes but Farage was talking about nationality and NOT race. The REC should listen to the facts before making a ridiculous comments.
  • Nadia Ijaz
    Nadia Ijaz@ EA
    Sat, 14 Mar 2015 11:01am GMT
    I don't like your comment.You simply don't care about UK's future.Number 1 priority for British jobs for British white,British Pakistani,British Indian,British African,British Bangladeshi,British.........etc.EU Immigrants ,Asian immigrants,Black Immigrants,any immigrant right at the last.When the person is not born in the UK the person should get LAST priority for JOBS,HOUSING,BENEFITS,AND FREE NHS HELP.FREE DENTIST HELP,anything with free help.These are the things which most legal and illegal immigrants come to the UK.England is a palace for them.Any immigrant who should come to the UK should pay for everything.If we go to their countries most likely we would have to pay for everything as-well.The immigrants who are on low and middle jobs dont contribute enough to the tax system.I think it is not much use.It is alright when a immigrant is a doctor dentist any high job role.UK is flooded with immigration which is a huge problem for us Brits.
  • EA
    EA@ Nadia Ijaz
    Fri, 13 Mar 2015 4:53pm GMT
    Based on the name, it seems like someone could have written a similar comment about people from the country your folks came from originally. As long as someone has got the right to live and work in the UK, they should have an equal shot at getting a job along with others who have a right to live and work here. However that right may have been obtained - by birth or by visa.
  • Nadia Ijaz
    Nadia Ijaz@ B
    Fri, 13 Mar 2015 3:42pm GMT
    I dont agree with your comment we Brits need jobs first.The immigrants are snatching our good jobs they are snatching our council homes,benefits everything.Everyday UK is getting worst,my Britsh Born friends white Asian they are fed up,in fact we are so fed up we want to see our local MP which I think are partly to blame.I agree everything what Mr Farage says.It seems that either you are a very rich person or you dont care that UK is sinking.Every single day UK is getting worst.Me and my friends are worried that after 5 years what will happen to us Brits future.
  • B
    Fri, 13 Mar 2015 12:55pm GMT
    "could be blatantly discriminated against" - so we are a massive bunch of racists are we? I'm not in favour of removing equality laws etc, but I don't think it's right to assume that in this day and age there would be blatant discrimination.

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