Prime Minister Boris Johnson and several other ministers in the Labor Struggle have said they want to see British workers raise wages and improve working conditions.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
After a tumultuous week, there were a large number of petrol stations on Friday as British drivers panicked for fuel, although the British government promises the situation will improve. However, representatives of the department concerned said there were still about 2,000 service stations without fuel and, according to Reuters, several dozen pumps had been shut down in London and the south of England alone. Another warning to the government is coming from pig farmers that Brexit has caused a shortage of staff at slaughterhouses and threatens to kill more than 100,000 pigs in the short term if things do not change quickly.
As a result of fuel supply problems, the British government announced last weekend that it planned to issue temporary visas to 5,000 foreign truck drivers and 5,500 employees in the poultry industry. However, the government has not mentioned any plans for other sectors. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and several other ministers in the Labor Struggle have said they want to see British workers raise wages and improve working conditions.
However, according to farmers, the lack of butchers and butchers risks killing up to 150,000 pigs. Minette Potters, president of the British National Farmers’ Association, said that if the government did not issue visas to foreign workers in the sector, “about 150,000 pigs would have to be slaughtered within a week or 10 days. Directly on farms.” Farms or drivers have a higher number of seasonal workers.
Similarly, Lizzie Wilson of the Pig Breeders’ Association says meat processing companies have been forced to significantly reduce productivity due to staff shortages in the sector. As a result, animals that should already be meat in the retail network are still on farms, which poses problems in maintaining welfare, i.e. animal welfare.
“There are currently about 120,000 pigs on the farm, and their meat must already be in stores or homes,” Wilson said. He added that they are coming to the point where they have to inform the government that if they do not help themselves quickly, there will be no other option but to kill these animals on farms. He pointed out that the current crisis is being felt by consumers as processors restrict the supply of personalized pork products to stores.
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