Britain sends foreign butchers amid fears over pigs in blankets
Looks like meat isn’t on the menu, guys. Britain faces a shortage of butchers, triggering warnings that pigs in blankets, hams and holiday favorites will be scarce this Christmas.
Ministers are discussing plans to ease visa restrictions to allow up to 1,000 foreign butchers into the country – but Priti Patel has reportedly resisted the move, fearing it is part of a larger effort to revert to the country. free circulation.
The British Meat Processors Association estimates that the industry is short of 15,000 workers, forcing it to focus on basic tasks such as supplying supermarket shelves with single cuts.
A spokesperson for the trade group said The temperature: “We have been successful in maintaining the day-to-day food supply, but we really should have produced Christmas food from around June or July this year and so far we haven’t, so there will be a holiday shortage of foods and things like pigs in blankets.
“Anything that is labor intensive work could experience shortages.”
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The association said it was trying to recruit British workers but, even with higher wages, few want to work in the industry. A fully trained butcher can earn up to £ 37,000 and training takes 18 months.
Butchers are considered skilled workers in Britain’s points-based migration system – and ministers are considering relaxing the requirement that they must speak a good level of English so more people can come to the UK – United.
But Home Secretary Patel is said to be concerned that companies are trying to undermine Britain’s new post-Brexit migration system. “We are not going to return to free movement by gradually adding all sectors to points-based immigration,” a government source said. The temperature.
The National Farmers Union warns that the shortage of butchers could mean 150,000 pigs will have to be slaughtered in the next ten days. He asks for the issuance of emergency visas for foreign butchers.
Meanwhile, motorists could face another “week or so” of long lines at gas stations as demand for gasoline remains strong, a minister warned.
Police Minister Kit Malthouse said there was to be an “improvement” in the situation in the coming days and that Boris Johnson stood ready to revisit the situation if it deteriorated.
His pessimistic assessment contrasted sharply with comments from other ministers in recent days that the situation would quickly return to normal as drivers resumed their usual shopping habits.
This follows a warning from the Petrol Retailers Association that gas stations were running out of fuel faster than they could be replenished, with one in four forecourts running dry.
Malthouse told BBC Radio 4 Today: “We are still seeing high demand in parts of the country around fuel. The distribution mechanism attempts to meet this unprecedented demand.
“My final briefing is that the situation is stabilizing, that we are seeing more forecourt with more fuel and I hope that as demand and supply balance out better over the next few days, a week or so, we will see a return to normality.
“I think if things start to deteriorate further, obviously the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Energy, for whom it is the responsibility, will have to revisit the situation.”
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