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Coronavirus: produce sector warns of May labour ‘crunch point’

The news comes despite 8,000 applications from British workers in recent days

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Coronavirus: Fresh produce labour providers report surge in UK job applicants

UK growers need 70,000-80,000 seasonal workers every year, with most of these jobs taken up by migrant labour

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Coronavirus: Migrant labour ‘could be flown into UK’ to help pick fresh produce

Specially chartered flights are being considered as growers seek to ensure they have enough pickers

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MPs to launch inquiry into post-Brexit immigration proposals’ impact on food

Efra Committee chair Neil Parish warned produce could be ‘left to rot in fields’ if the food sector’s labour requirements weren’t met

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Poultry sector faces £15m staff costs under new immigration rules

British Poultry Council CEO Richard Griffiths has warned the new rules ‘will have an impact on the cost of production’

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Major apple grower warns of ‘massive disruption’ from new immigration rules

AC Goatham made the warning in an open letter to local MPs and government ministers

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G’s warns of slavery risk amid new immigration laws and GLAA funding cuts

The grower said anti-slavery watchdog the GLAA was struggling to carry out its remit due to a lack of funding

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New immigration policy will punish British food businesses and consumers

Exacerbating the industry’s labour crisis will inevitably lead to food price rises

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Cheap foreign labour crackdown plan slammed as ‘disastrous’ for food and drink

The government has told businesses they must adapt to employ higher-paid workers from the UK and invest more in automation

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Migration report recommendations ‘don’t go far enough’, warns food industry

The Migration Advisory Committee published a report on how a post-Brexit immigration system should work

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Is the Conservatives’ promise on SAWS expansion enough?

Boris Johnson might have finally listened to the concerns of British growers, but does his new pledge go far enough?

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It’s election time, but immigration policies are hardly ‘oven-ready’

Boris Johnson doesn’t know how a microwave works, but worse still, his party still isn’t committing to the necessary EU labour for the farming sector

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Sufficient labour is the only way our fruit & veg is going to get picked

There are opportunities to increase production - but not if the crop can’t be picked

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Labour shortages set to hike apple prices

British Apples & Pears warns the total amount of unpicked top fruit “could be much more” than previously thought

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Seasonal labour crisis is a serious threat to British farming

To conclude that the fruit & veg rotting in UK fields has nothing to do with Brexit is absurd

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Labour shortage hits meat processors in run-up to Christmas

Processors have warned Brexit-related labour shortages could hinder production of seasonal products

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Labour shortages putting pressure on supermarkets to raise warehouse pay

Shortage means workers can pick and choose, while DCs are having to relax job requirements, says leading recruiter

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Labour shortages will see DCs ‘struggle’ after Brexit

Wayne Brophy, managing director of Cast UK, said there was an across-the-board labour shortage in supply chain, logistics and warehouses

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Fresh food’s labour shortage reaching a ‘tipping point’

It comes amid warnings of crops rotting in fields due to a lack of workers

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No-deal Brexit ‘doomsday’ for NI milk, warns Dairy Council

The trade body has warned tariffs on dairy moving south across the Irish border would cause profitability to plummet…