Boris Johnson: The supply crisis will not be solved by uncontrolled immigration.
BORIS Johnson has ruled out resuming unrestricted immigration as a solution to the food and fuel shortages.
The Prime Minister asserted that forecourt supply problems were “abating” as Army drivers took to the highways today to begin delivering gasoline to pumps across the country. However, he believes that bringing in cheaper employees from other countries to fill employment gaps is the incorrect option.
Mr Johnson stated that the UK is going through “stresses and strains” as it moves away from the “broken model” that led to the Brexit vote.
He claimed that the economy was going through a “period of adjustment,” and that the best way to attract more HGV drivers was for the business to ensure that they were “fairly compensated” and had acceptable working conditions.
He stated, ” “We must ensure that people join the stream as quickly as possible.
“People voted for change in 2016, and they voted for change again in 2019, signaling the end of a failing economic paradigm based on low salaries, poor skills, and chronic low productivity in the UK. That’s something we’re getting away from.
“The way forward is not to just pull the giant lever labeled unrestricted immigration and allow massive influxes of people in.”
Mr Johnson, right, said the government would help struggling companies, but that it was “fundamentally up to them to figure out the way forward.”
“In the end, those firms, those industries are the best solvers of their own supply chain concerns – government can’t address every part of the supply chain,” he continued.
To help with supply concerns, the government has decided to provide 10,000 short-term visas to hauliers and food processing workers.
Mr Johnson claimed that “limited immigration” would relieve pressure, but he insisted that the country would not return to a “low skilled, low wage economy.”
Due to a scarcity of abattoir personnel, 120,000 pigs are expected to be burnt in the next ten days.
Mr Johnson, on the other hand, claimed that the issue stemmed from a “shortage of another type of labour.”
He declined to discount out supply chain disruptions in the run-up to Christmas, saying that the holiday season will be “considerably better” this year than last.
Over the next week, around 100 qualified Army drivers and 100 support personnel will be sent to help alleviate petrol pump shortages.
“Brinkwire Summary News” from London.