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Britain won’t force its companies to list foreign workers

Britain won’t force its companies to list foreign workersBritain would not make companies list or name their foreign workers after an outcry from business groups and opposition politicians who said any proposal to "name and shame" employers would be divisive and discriminatory, Reuters reported on Sunday.

"Let me absolutely confirm that is not going to happen, we are not going to ask companies to list or name or identify their foreign workers," defense minister Michael Fallon said.

Any data collected from companies would be used only to get a better picture of the extent to which different parts of the economy relied on foreign workers, he said.

Education minister Justine Greening said on ITV there would be "absolutely no naming and shaming" of companies.

Interior minister Amber Rudd said on Tuesday she would consider whether it should be harder for British companies to employ workers from outside the European Union under a new drive to cut immigration.

The government has said the June 23 vote to leave the European Union was a clear signal from British voters that immigration is too high.

Rudd said on Wednesday her employment initiative could "flush out" businesses that were not doing enough to hire British workers before recruiting foreign staff.

Employers' groups, however, said such a move would heap more bureaucracy on businesses facing uncertainty about Brexit, and send out a message that Britain was closed to the world.

"I think a lot of businesses would be saddened if they felt that having a global workforce was somehow seen as a badge of shame," said Adam Marshall of the British Chambers of Commerce.
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