Supply crisis: Overseas butchers and abattoir workers to be granted six-month seasonal worker visas to deal with pig backlog
Butchers and abattoir workers from overseas will be granted seasonal worker visas to deal with the backlog of pigs that need to be slaughtered, the government has announced.
Agriculture Secretary George Eustice said about 800 pig butchers from overseas are needed to avoid a mass cull of up to 150,000 of the animals.
He expects to see the butchers arriving in November and they will be eligible to apply for six-month visas from the existing allocation in the Seasonal Workers Pilot Scheme up until 31 December.
It will only be temporary and is in addition to foreign butchers already being eligible, since December 2020, to apply to come to the UK through the existing skilled worker route.
Mr Eustice also announced that abattoirs will be offered private storage aid (PSA) …
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