CONSTRUCTION bosses warned yesterday that pledges to build more housing will be meaningless if the government bans migrant workers entering Britain after quitting the EU.
The warning against a migrant ban came from the Federation of Master Builders, which pointed out that more than half the construction industry’s workforce is made up of workers from abroad.
And construction workers’ union Unite said government treatment of migrant workers in the industry was “disgraceful.”
Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “It is disgraceful how migrant workers already resident in the UK have been treated.
“They are often exploited as, unlike most other European countries, the UK government allows employers to get away with paying the minimum wage not the rate for the job.
“Add to that the failure to guarantee them a right to stay, it is hardly surprising that workers are looking at their options with some already leaving the UK.”