A shortage of gammon could be caused by an excess of gammon. If you’re reading this back with furrowed eyebrows, let us explain.
Gammon and Pigs in Blankets are two of the most recent goods that could be affected due to the UK’s worker shortage. This is partly due to EU workers leaving the UK in the wake of Brexit (which, among other things, was voted for by so-called Gammons).
In order to provide turkey dinners and delivery ahead of Christmas, the government has granted temporary visas to up to 5,500 poultry workers as well as 5,000 HGV drivers. However, some have warned that this may not be enough to fill the gap. This might also not guarantee the availability of high-demand meats.
David Lindars, British Meat Processors Association technical operations director, POLITICO – a messageThere would be a special impact on “very labor-intensive products like pigs in blankets, decorated gammon and party food”And that was the last chance to solve the problem.
“Even if we were granted seasonal workers’ visas, by the time they’ve got the scheme up and running the whole process means they will only end up with six or seven weeks’ work here,”He said. “Who’s going to come, or leave a job somewhere in Europe, to come here for six or seven weeks? No one.”
He claimed that an average meat-processing firm is experiencing a shortage in staff of approximately 15%, while some firms in the U.K. are reporting a 25% shortage.
Sam Ette, spokesperson for the National Farmers Union, stated: “There are serious issues with labor shortages, which mean that some produce is unable to be harvested in the case of fruit and veg, or slaughtered and processed in the case of poultry and pigs. With pigs in particular, there are serious issues of pigs backing up on farms due to a lack of butchers in the food-supply chain.”
It is occurring amid ongoing issues such as fuel shortages and empty supermarket shelves. The coronavirus crisis, along with Brexit, has created a large backlog of drivers who are unable to take their test.
A spokesperson from the government said that: “We understand the importance of seasonal labor and we are aware of the challenges that the red meat industry has faced in recent months because of the COVID-19 pandemic and labor shortages, and Defra has been working closely with red meat processing sectors during this time.”
Ministers will be able to participate in the event, according to the spokesperson. “keep the market under close review”Continue reading “explore options to address the pressures industry is currently facing.”
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