U-turn expected on temporary visas for non-UK butchers
The government is expected to back down over temporary visas for foreign butchers, as the food industry said ministers were beginning to listen to its warnings about the impact of staffing shortages.
The expected intervention comes several weeks after farmers began culling healthy livestock because of a lack of staff in abattoirs where the animals are meant to be processed.
A backlog of as many as 120,000 pigs were estimated to have been stranded on farms long after they should have gone to slaughter, with pens becoming overcrowded and farmers forced to call in specialist teams to dispose of the surplus animals.
The meat industry is one of the many sectors of the UK economy struggling with labour shortages exacerbated by Covid-19 and Brexit, while a lack of HGV drivers …
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