In the context of widespread labor shortages caused by the pandemic and Brexit, the UK needs 15,000 butchers – a sector federation today warned of the risk of shortages of some traditional products this Christmas.
A spokesman for the British Meat Processors Association told The Times that labor shortages have forced the sector to focus on supplying supermarkets with basic cuts.
“We should have started producing Christmas food in June or July, but we haven’t yet,” he warned, adding that “there will be a shortage of festive products like sausage wrapped in bacon,” a popular Christmas food. . British people.
A shortage of truck drivers has been causing fuel supply problems for some weeks, leading to shortages and long lines at gas stations in recent days.
Supermarkets, fast-food chains and bars are also affected by supply problems, which can be exacerbated by labor shortages in production.
According to The Times, Boris Johnson’s government is considering easing immigration conditions to grant work visas to 1,000 foreign butchers in an effort to avoid shortages.
The Ministry of Environment and Food assured the British news agency AP that the executive “continues to work closely” with the swine sector “to explore options” to cope with the current pressures.
Faced with the risk of seeing empty stores at Christmas, Johnson has already decided to grant about 10,000 three-month work visas to truck drivers by the end of the year. This measure will involve workers from some other important sectors like poultry farms.
Asked by The Times about visas for butchers, the Interior Ministry said that “other countries in the world face similar challenges” and that it prefers “employers to rely on foreign labor rather than For a long time the British invest in national labour.”
On Thursday, the PRA Association said British gas stations were facing fuel shortages, contrary to government claims. Officials say the distress caused last week by drivers worried about not being able to refuel is easing.
On Thursdays it was still possible to find long lines at service stations, especially in London and the south of England.
Army drivers are expected to mobilize in the coming days to help mitigate the crisis. The government claims that a paucity of truck drivers to collect fuel from storage terminals created panic among the population after some suppliers announced the closure of pumps.