Britain’s authorities has rejected calls from retail and logistics corporations to briefly ease post-Brexit immigration guidelines which they are saying are contributing to a scarcity of truck drivers and acute provide chain disruption.
Quick meals chains McDonald’s, KFC, and Nando’s, in addition to bakery chain Greggs, have all confronted disruption this week as suppliers struggled to ship to them.
Commerce physique Logistics UK mentioned Britain at the moment had a scarcity of 90,000 truck drivers, and on August 22 it and the British Retail Consortium requested the federal government to grant short-term visas to truck drivers from the European Union.
Since January 1, most EU residents planning to work in Britain want visas that are sometimes solely obtainable for higher-paid jobs than these within the logistics and hospitality sectors.
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Britain’s enterprise ministry mentioned on Saturday it didn’t anticipate these visa guidelines to vary. “We wish to see employers make long-term investments within the UK home workforce as an alternative of counting on labour from overseas,” a authorities spokesperson mentioned.
The Instances newspaper had reported earlier on Saturday that the federal government was contemplating bringing ahead a evaluate of visa guidelines to sort out the scarcity. Alex Veitch, common supervisor for public coverage at Logistics UK, mentioned he was dissatisfied by the federal government’s determination because it might take till early subsequent yr to work by way of a backlog of driving exams that had constructed up through the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The business wants drivers now,” he mentioned. “Logistics UK is pissed off with the federal government’s determination to reject the logistics business’s name for short-term visas to be made obtainable for EU heavy items automobile drivers as a short-term resolution whereas new home drivers are recruited, educated and examined.”
Revealed in The Categorical Tribune, August 29th, 2021.