Low demand raises concerns about plans to bring in thousands of workers to fix food shortages
Ministers have been told that just 27 fuel tanker drivers have applied to work in the UK from the 自分 through the government’s emergency visa scheme which is designed to fix the country’s petrol shortages, 報告によると.
タイムズ has reported that there has been little interest in the visas available for HGV drivers in the fuel industry, raising questions over how many people will actually come to the UK to fill vacancies.
今週はじめ, the government announced that 300 fuel drivers would be allowed to come to the UK from overseas “immediately” and stay until March, さらに 4,700 visas for foreign food truck drivers will be allowed from later this month until the end of February.
There are now concerns among ministers that the failure to recruit drivers will lead to further delays in restocking service stations and to the government having to rely on the army for assistance for longer, による タイムズ.
“People don’t want to come unless it is a really attractive alternative,” Rod McKenzie, director of policy at the 道路運送協会, told the newspaper.
“You don’t give up a well-paid job for a better-paid job if it will only last a few months.”
It came after health secretary サジド・ジャビド insisted on Saturday that he was “confident” that workers would come to the UK.
“Of course there is competition for drivers – that’s taking place throughout ヨーロッパ – but it is important that we try to do what we can,” Mr Javid told Sky News.
“I am confident with the temporary visa changes that have been announced we will get more drivers.”
月曜日に, industry leaders warned that there would be gaps on supermarket shelves this Christmas due to shortages as chancellor リシ・スナック argued that he could not “wave a magic wand” to make the supply chain problems go away.
“We’re seeing supply disruption, not just here but in lots of different places, and there are things we can try and mitigate, and we are,” Mr Sunak told BBC Radio 4’s 今日 公演.
“But we can’t wave a magic wand. There’s nothing I can do about the decision by a country in Asia to shut down a port because of a coronavirus outbreak.”
約 200 軍人 – half of them drivers – have been deployed to help deliver petrol to forecourts as about 22 per cent of filling stations in London and the southeast reportedly still do not have fuel.