Monday, October 25, 2021

Boris Johnson not responsible for what’s in stores: Truss

It is not Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s job to make sure shops have their shelves full, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said on Sunday amid fears that people may not get their usual Christmas supplies.

The prime minister is facing pressure to solve a shortage of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers and other labor shortages as the disruption in the fuel supply chain has turned into a full-blown crisis, after panic buying buyers can buy their cars. Crashed in the forecourt to fill up. last 10 days.

Brian Maderson, president of the Petrol Retailers Association, told Sky News on Sunday that while there were only “one or two dry spots” north of London and “the general improvement continues”, conditions in London and the south-east remain difficult.

Speaking at a Telegraph event at a Conservative Party convention, Truss said it was not up to Johnson to fix the problem.

“I don’t believe in controlling and controlling the economy, so I don’t think the prime minister is responsible for whatever is in the shops,” the foreign secretary said.

“That is why we have a free enterprise economy. I am sure that the goods will be delivered to our shops,” she said.

The government on 26 September offered to issue three-month visas to 5,000 foreign HGV drivers as well as 5,500 poultry workers to ease pressure during this Christmas season.

After receiving complaints that foreigners would not want to come for only a few weeks, the government changed plans on Friday, introducing a bespoke plan to allow 300 fuel tanker drivers to come to the UK immediately and stay until the end of March Went. 2022. The remaining 4,700 will arrive by the end of October and will be gone by the end of February 2022.

According to media reports, other industries also warned of labor shortages, including butchering shortages, which could kill and incinerate up to 120,000 pigs.

Speaking to broadcasters in East Manchester on Sunday, Johnson dismissed the idea of ​​having foreign HGV drivers fill the gap, which is estimated to be around 100,000 drivers.

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Johnson said, “The thing you can’t do is go back to the model of the UK economy that we had for decades, which was basically allowing low-paying, low-skilled jobs to be supported by uncontrolled immigration.” “

The prime minister said the model led to “very low” wages and productivity, and believes “a high-skill, high-productivity economy” is the way forward.

Asked whether he would issue more temporary visas, Johnson did not rule out the option, but said it is best if industries can resolve the issues on their own.

“We will take every step as soon as it comes, we are there to support the industries that are having difficulties, but it is fundamentally up to them to decide the way forward.” The Prime Minister told the broadcasters.

“In the end, those businesses, those industries, are the best solvers for their supply chain issues. [The] The government can’t step in and fix every part of the supply chain,” Johnson said, adding that the minister “will put all options on the table.”

The long-standing shortage of HGV drivers has been attributed to a number of factors including low pay; Poor working conditions such as long, irregular hours and lack of toilets and other infrastructure; training and licensing costs; changes in tax rules; Brexit; and the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus epidemic.

According to the latest ONS figures for August, more than 1 million jobs were available on record for the first time as the economy reopens from the CCP virus lockdown.

Some vacancies may be filled as job losses were expected when the UK’s £70bn ($94bn) coronavirus job retention scheme kicked off on 30 September, although retraining will take some time.

Alexander Zhang and Reuters contributed to this report.

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Lily Zhou is a freelance writer mostly covering UK news for The Epoch Times.

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