London, Feb 16: Indian professionals in Britain are facing the heat of recession in British companies from their British colleagues. The British workers are dead against offering employment to foreigners. Major strikes have hit many Britain Companies like oil major Total, in Nottinghamshire and other places in Britain to protest employing foreign workers.
Hitherto the resentment is limited only against employing foreign workers, but Indian professionals are fearing that this might turn to racism and affect them adversly. Many software professionals have been searching jobs in India and elsewhere due to tighter immigration laws and recession.
“The anger of British workers can easily spill over into racism against all foreign workers and professionals, including Indians. The environment is becoming difficult for us by the day," an employee working in Britain on the Highly Skilled Migrants Programme (HSMP), said.
The protests and strikes have been condemned by the senior people in Gordon Brown's Government, particularly Business secretary Peter Mandelson and Indian-origin Labour MP, Keith Vaz.
Describing the strikes and protests as 'dangerous', Vaz said, "Britain could not close its doors in a globalised world."
OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)