Boris Johnson’s government is set to allow more foreign butchers to work in Britain on temporary visas to stop the mass poaching of pigs.
An environment minister has said the announcement of visa rules to deal with the acute shortage of butchers causing crisis in the pig industry is “imminent”.
Tory minister Lord Benyon told the House of Lords that the government’s planned moves would help “fill in” the labor deficit in the industry.
National Pig Association (NPA) chief executive Zoe Davis told Granthshala He “hoped” that the government would relax the language rules so that hundreds of skilled butchers could quickly come to Britain.
She warned: “We need people in a short period of time – we don’t have months to end. It’s about getting the backlog of pigs off the farms. As long as they help stop people from killing animals in the farms We do. “
It has been warned that 150,000 pigs could be destroyed because of a lack of skilled butchers and meat processing workers leading to a huge backlog of animals ready for slaughter.
Industry chiefs have said they are facing an acute and immediate shortage of around 1,000 butchers, the workers needing help to avoid mass murders soon.
“We expect something to come out today or tomorrow, and we hope it turns out well. We will have to wait and see,” said Ms. Davis.
She continued: “It is not about wages, as skilled butchers are over the £25,000 limit. We are expecting a relaxation in the English level requirement and the level of bureaucracy required for these visas.
Farmers, meat processors and the government’s recently appointed supply chain Tsar Sir Dave Lewis spoke Monday about solutions to the crisis.
The NPA said industry leaders had sought government help through a scheme called Private Storage Assistance (PSA) – which provides funding for pigs slaughtered in private cold stores – but said they knew that Will the government agree?
Challenged by Labor over the government’s plans, Tory frontbencher Lord Benyon promised measures to deal with gaps in the workforce.
Referring to labor problems in the industry, the colleague said: “I was hopeful that I would be able to come to the House with an announcement – it is imminent.”
Promising ministers and officials had worked hard to help “get this industry back on its feet”, he said: “There is a shortfall between 800 and 1,000 butchers that we want to fill.”
“These are mainly because, at the end of the Covid restrictions, many foreign workers returned home and we are trying to find ways to bring them back in large numbers.”
The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has been contacted for comment.
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