Firms told to hire British and stop begging for cheap foreign labour

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has slapped down delivery firms begging for relaxed immigration rules and easier access to foreign workers, telling them it would only be a “short-term temporary solution” and they should focus on hiring and training British workers instead of relying on cheap labour from abroad.

The UK is currently experiencing a short-term shortage of delivery drivers thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, which prevented would-be lorry drivers from getting tested and licensed – causing a months-long delay in getting new lorry drivers on the road.

Many obsessive pro-EU activists have attempted to blame the shortage on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, seemingly unaware that supply chains have been disrupted globally including in regions like the United States, Australia, and the Eurozone itself.

Now many logistics firms are calling on the government to relax visa rules to allow them to ship in foreign lorry drivers to fill the gap, but Business Secretary Kwarteng has told them to instead focus their efforts on building up the UK’s own domestic labour force.

Kwarteng highlighted £7,000 grants being offered by the government to train up new lorry drivers in addition to grants available for helping former soldiers, ex-offenders, and those on long-term unemployment into work.

He also told the firms that they should look to people facing an “uncertain future” with the impending end of the government’s furlough scheme in September.

Many media outlets, including some who supported continued membership of the European Union, have already admitted that withdrawing from the bloc and suspending the massive over-supply of labour in the UK has created a more fertile environment for employees demanding better wages.

Labour MP Jon Trickett, who served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister under Gordon Brown, has expressed the thoughts of many, saying: “Truck Drivers are paid an average of just £11.80 an hour. Increase their pay properly & watch how quickly your “shortage” disappears.”