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EU can't be serious

I was impressed but not convinced by the upbeat tone of the article (NCE 21 March) on the relaxation of the work permit rules for non-EU engineers.

An alternative interpretation of this good news might be that the 'bosses trade union', if I may be allowed to characterise the ACE, senior figures from industry and our own Institution, have succeeded in facilitating the entry of cheap labour to the profession. Nice for them no doubt, but bad news for the profession generally.

It also sends a very unfortunate message to the ever diminishing numbers of final year civils undergraduates just as they make the choice between going into the job, or taking the better paid alternatives.

Prof Roger E Hobbs (F), 6 Granville Road, Oxted, Surrey, RH8 0DA

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