Forza hits back at anti-British claims
Published:  16 March, 2010

A cooked meat supplier to Asda has hit back at allegations it discriminated against British workers following newspaper allegations at the weekend.

The Mail on Sunday claimed Forza AW was turning away British workers in favour of foreign migrants after the company advertising for factory staff included a line that "applicants must speak Polish".

The paper claimed reporters posing as job seekers called the recruitment agency working for Forza and were told they needed to speak the language as all health and safety training was conducted in Polish.

However, Forza boss Max Hilliard blasted the claims, stating the advert was a breakdown in communications following the companies forced relocation from Yorkshire to East Anglia due to a fire. It took on a new recruitment agency and the advert was simply an error, he said, pointing to his company's strong track record in employing British workers.

"The insinuation is that we don't employ English people," he said. "Looking through our books, we have more than 150 British workers in the business and the migrant workers we do employ, we put a lot of time and effort into, providing things like NVQ training, premium payment rates above the minimum wage and organised English lessons."

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