Only Poles need apply

Posted: March 14, 2010 in British jobs for British workers

British workers have been turned away from jobs in a local factory – for not speaking Polish.

IlieCooked meat manufacturer Forza AW – a major supplier of Asda supermarkets – effectively barred anyone but Poles for applying for jobs on its production line in East Anglia by insisting all staff speak the language fluently. The company claimed it was necessary as all health and safety training was conducted in Polish.

Forza’s insistence on Polish speakers may be illegal, as a spokesman for the Government Equalities Office said last night: ‘Under the 1976 Race Relations Act, unless there is a genuine need for a worker to speak a particular language it is against the law to require that they should do so as a condition of employing them.’

Forza’s advert was sent out via email by East Anglia-based employment agency OSR Recruitment earlier this month.

Immediate factory work available!!!!

If you are available or have any friends available, work is starting tomorrow for induction training.

Ongoing factory work (meat production) for 4-5 months, shifts are 7am-5pm or 9am-7pm.

Transport provided. Applicants must speak Polish. Please call asap!!!!!!

The advert was signed Katrina Massingham, the company’s ‘industrial team leader’ and it was dispatched to hundreds of potential applicants on the firm’s books.

Forza is a leading supplier to supermarkets, and holds a multi-million pound contract to supply the majority of Asda’s cooked meat range.

Led by £780,000-a-year Max Hilliard, once described as the most powerful man in the British pig industry, it has a £140million turnover and 600 employees. It is normally based in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, but about a third of its plant was destroyed in a blaze last month.

As a temporary measure, the company leased factory space and machinery at Bernard Matthews Farms’ huge plant in Great Witchingham, just outside Norwich.

  1. Perhaps Gordon Brown’s response to this sort of thing would be to add Polish as a subject at school.

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