Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Regno Unito

Regno Unito. Passaporti temporanei per autotrasportatori stranieri.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-09-28.

Brueghel il Giovane. Pagamento delle Tasse. Fisher_Museum_of_Art

Il Regno Unito rilascerà passaporti temporanei per autotrasportatori stranieri.

Sarà tutto da vedere quanti autotrasportatori stranieri aderiranno a questa offerta.

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«Up to 10,500 lorry drivers and poultry workers can receive temporary UK visas as the government seeks to limit disruption in the run-up to Christmas»

«The government confirmed that 5,000 fuel tanker and food lorry drivers will be eligible to work in the UK for three months»

«The scheme is also being extended to 5,500 poultry workers»

«But the British Chambers of Commerce said the measures were the equivalent of “throwing a thimble of water on a bonfire”»

«A shortage of lorry drivers has caused problems for a range of industries in recent months, from supermarkets to fast food chains»

«In recent days, some fuel deliveries have been affected, leading to lengthy queues at petrol stations»

«As well as allowing more foreign workers, other measures include using Ministry of Defence examiners to increase HGV (heavy goods vehicle) testing capacity, and sending nearly one million letters to drivers who hold an HGV licence, encouraging them back into the industry»

«→→ Logistics UK estimates that the UK is in need of about 90,000 HGV drivers – with existing shortages made worse by the pandemic, tax changes, Brexit, an ageing workforce, and low wages and poor working conditions ←←»

«→→ Mark Fels, director of the HGV Recruitment Centre, said many young people were “desperate” to get into the industry but couldn’t afford the thousands of pounds it costs to get a HGV license ←←»

«conditions for drivers also needed to improve, pointing out that facilities such as overnight lorry parks were much better on the continent»

«’Thimble of water on a bonfire’»

«It said supermarkets alone needed an additional 15,000 HGV drivers to operate at full capacity»

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Le incongruenze ed irrazionalità del sistema economico occidentale stanno emergendo con forza.

Questo sistema è ingessato da una pletora di leggi e regolamenti che di fatto ne stanno bloccando il funzionamento, per non parlare poi di regimi impositivi che rendono il lavoro non redditizio.

I trasporti, e non solo quelli inglesi, sono un esempio lampante. Si assiste ad una carenza cronica di autotrasportatori, fatto questo che blocca tutta la distribuzione.

Oberati da una burocrazia paralizzante, costretti a fare vita randagia, sono per di più sottopagati.

In una società tutta presa ad esaltare il valore della tecnologia e dei lavori al top della filiera finanziaria, ricca di influencer televisivi fabbricati ad arte, l’umile e faticoso lavoro degli autotrasportatori è stato del tutto sottovalutato.

Tenendo conto delle tasse e dei balzelli, i 4,000 euro al mese di riducono ad un netto che a stento supera i 2,000: troppo poco per un simile lavoro.

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Hauliers and poultry workers to get temporary visas.

Up to 10,500 lorry drivers and poultry workers can receive temporary UK visas as the government seeks to limit disruption in the run-up to Christmas.

The government confirmed that 5,000 fuel tanker and food lorry drivers will be eligible to work in the UK for three months, until Christmas Eve.

The scheme is also being extended to 5,500 poultry workers.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said it would “ensure preparations remain on track” for the festive season.

But the British Chambers of Commerce said the measures were the equivalent of “throwing a thimble of water on a bonfire”.

And the Road Haulage Association said the announcement “barely scratches the surface”, adding that only offering visas until Christmas Eve “will not be enough for companies or the drivers themselves to be attractive”.

However, the news was welcomed by freight industry group Logistics UK, which called the policy “a huge step forward in solving the disruption to supply chains”.

A shortage of lorry drivers has caused problems for a range of industries in recent months, from supermarkets to fast food chains.

In recent days, some fuel deliveries have been affected, leading to lengthy queues at petrol stations – despite ministers insisting the UK has plenty of fuel.

As well as allowing more foreign workers, other measures include using Ministry of Defence examiners to increase HGV (heavy goods vehicle) testing capacity, and sending nearly one million letters to drivers who hold an HGV licence, encouraging them back into the industry.

Officials said the loan of MoD examiners would help put on “thousands of extra tests” over the next 12 weeks.

Recruitment for additional short-term HGV drivers and poultry workers will begin in October.

Mr Shapps said: “We are acting now, but the industries must also play their part with working conditions continuing to improve and the deserved salary increases continuing to be maintained in order for companies to retain new drivers.”

Logistics UK estimates that the UK is in need of about 90,000 HGV drivers – with existing shortages made worse by the pandemic, tax changes, Brexit, an ageing workforce, and low wages and poor working conditions.

The British Poultry Council has previously warned it may not have the workforce to process as many turkeys as normal this Christmas because it has historically relied on EU labour – but after Brexit it is now more difficult and expensive to use non-UK workers.

The Department for Transport said it recognised that importing foreign labour “will not be the long-term solution” to the problem and that it wanted to see employers invest to build a “high-wage, high-skill economy”.

It said up to 4,000 people would soon be able to take advantage of training courses to become HGV drivers.

This includes free, short, intensive courses, funded by the Department for Education, to train up to 3,000 new HGV drivers.

These new “skills bootcamps” will train drivers to be road ready and gain a Cat C or Cat C&E license, helping to tackle the current HGV driver shortage.

The remaining 1,000 drivers will be trained through courses accessed locally and funded by the government’s adult education budget, the DfT said.

Mark Fels, director of the HGV Recruitment Centre, said many young people were “desperate” to get into the industry but couldn’t afford the thousands of pounds it costs to get a HGV license.

He called for the government to recognise the industry as a “vocation” and offer student loans to help fund training.

Sue Terpilowski, from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, said conditions for drivers also needed to improve, pointing out that facilities such as overnight lorry parks were much better on the continent.

                         ‘Thimble of water on a bonfire’

Industry groups the Food and Drink Federation and Logistics UK both welcomed the visa changes, with federation chief Ian Wright calling the measures “pragmatic”.

But the British Retail Consortium said the number of visas being offered would “do little to alleviate the current shortfall”.

It said supermarkets alone needed an additional 15,000 HGV drivers to operate at full capacity ahead of Christmas.

British Chambers of Commerce president Baroness McGregor-Smith said the changes were the “equivalent of throwing a thimble of water on a bonfire”, as it would “not be enough to address the scale of the problem”.

Labour’s shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy said the changes were needed but described them as “a sticking plaster at the eleventh hour”.

“Once again the government has been caught asleep at the wheel when they should have been planning for months for this scenario,” she told the BBC.