‘Widen your net!’ says the narrator. A farmer has been chastised for blaming the labor shortfall on Brexit red tape.
A BRITISH farmer has provoked outrage by saying that Brexit red tape has prevented him from hiring enough staff to harvest his crops.
For the past 33 years, Gerrard Vonk has relied on seasonal workers from EU countries to pick his crops on his farm in West Sussex. Mr Vonk told journalist Luke Hanrahan that post-Brexit red tape has made seasonal pickers from Eastern Europe more difficult to come over.
Many readers of This website blasted his remarks, claiming that there were enough of British citizens who could fill the positions.
“People can’t buy anything if they don’t have any money,” one commented, noting that an inflow of foreign workers has pushed wages to poverty levels.
“Worse yet, the taxpayer was forced to subsidize the poor wages. More taxes, in other words. As a result, people had less money to spend.”
“Most other countries were not stupid enough to sign up and let the EU dictatorship control the shots,” a second raged.
“Fortunately, the United Kingdom evaded the EU’s federal united states and will be in charge of our fate.
“Unlike the remaining 27 (countries), which will be headed by unelected pen pushers filling their own wallets at the expense of everyone else who is still under the EU mafia’s control.”
Meanwhile, a third stated, “There is no need for a labor shortage.”
“I know families that sought to come here for six months to work as farmworkers from the Philippines and never received an email response from agencies, farms, or other employers.
“It’s not about a labor scarcity; it’s about farms and agencies breaking free from their comfort zones and widening the net.”
“For 33 years, Gerrard Vonk has relied on seasonal pickers from Eastern Europe to harvest his peppers,” Mr Hanrahan added.
“Because of the severe labor scarcity, this crop is now overripe.
“There are 72 fewer workers on this farm than there were at this time last year.”
“We have fruit that should have been gathered but it won’t be harvested for another three days,” Mr Vonk told Euronews as he showed him around the property.
“Look over here, there are plants that are all red.
“Now there are more barriers, more red tape, and it is much more difficult to come over here and work.
“Not only has it been difficult for our company, but it has been difficult for all other businesses in the region as well.
“It won’t be able to go on if.”Brinkwire Summary News”.