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Labour in foreign staff row

Labour's immigration spokesman has modified planned criticism of Tesco and Next over claims they preferred eastern European workers after a preview of his speech drew a furious response from the firms. Tesco said it "absolutely refutes" the claim.

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Labour to attack Next's use of Polish workers

Labour is expected Next over the chain's use of Polish labour Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Next have come under fire for their reliance on Polish labour from shadow immigration minister Chris Bryant.

In a wide-ranging speech later today, the Labour MP will attack the fashion and homewares store for their use of temporary Polish migrants.

Mr Bryant is expected to say: "Look at Next Plc, who last year brought 500 Polish workers to work in their South Elmsall warehouse for their summer sale and another 300 this summer. They were recruited in Poland and charged £50 to find them accommodation.

"The advantage to Next? They get to avoid Agency Workers Regulations, which apply after a candidate has been employed for over 12 weeks, so Polish temps end up considerably cheaper than the local workforce, which includes many former Next employees."

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