Their anger was sparked after many Europhiles, including former Labor Minister Lord Adonis, blamed the UK for leaving the EU. This narrow assessment of a complicated problem was instantly dismissed by readers of Express.co.uk – who rightly pointed out that there were a myriad of reasons behind the shortage.
One said: ‘It’s not Brexit’s fault, it’s the bad wages and mistreatment of drivers by management which is the main problem, no matter which part of the EU or from the UK where you come from! “
They added: ‘There have been three jobs in my locality for Class 1 HGV drivers and they pay £ 1 per hour more than the national minimum wage …….
“Is it any wonder they weren’t filled in the seven months they were announced?” “
Another said: “No rants – the truth!”
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“Cheap EU labor has undermined our skilled workers, creating profits for the bosses.
“This is the real reason for Remoaners. They want to enslave us to cheap labor rates.
Their views were supported by independent economist Julian Jessop, who called Remainers’ comments “misleading”.
He told Express.co.uk: “There are many reasons for the shortage of truck drivers, with Brexit playing only a small role.
“The main factors are due to Covid, including a sharp drop in the number of driving tests, international travel restrictions and of course the ‘pingemia’. “
Mr Jessop, who said Brexit had become a ‘scapegoat’, added: ‘The new tax rules known as IR35 have also increased the cost of agency drivers.
“And many other countries, including the rest of Europe, are struggling with a lack of engines as their economies rebound.”
Nevertheless, Mr Jessop acknowledged that the shortage of European workers was one of the main reasons for the staff shortage in the poultry industry.
He said: “The government should relax the rules to make it easier to recruit this sector from abroad.”
Speaking to Express.co.uk earlier this month, a spokeswoman for the Road Haulage Association made no reference to Brexit.
She said, “Right now we have a shortage of about 100,000 truck drivers.
“This, in addition to the effects of ‘pingemia’, means supermarket shelves are not full.
“Food distributors and manufacturers are struggling to keep up with demand because the engines to get goods to retailers are just not there. “
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This notice was published: 2021-08-24 14:12:00