Christmas at risk of ‘grinding to a halt’ without migrant workers, claimed a warehouse equipment supplier

Christmas will ‘grind to a halt’ without EU workers

By Gwen Ridler

Christmas 2017 could be under threat of ‘grinding to a halt’ if there is a lack of migrant workers to process orders, warned a warehouse equipment supplier, while the Freight Transport Association (FTA) highlighted the danger of the lack of EU workers...

Food manufacturers face the worst labour crisis in more than a decade

Food manufacturers face huge labour crisis

By Noli Dinkovski

The food and drink industry is facing its worst labour shortage in over a decade, and some firms risk failing to fill vacancies in the peak demand period before Christmas, the head of a labour providers’ association has warned.

The Calais transport crisis is intensifying, warns the FTA

Lorry ‘slashed’, as Calais transport crisis deepens

By Michael Stones

The migrant threat to freight lorries at Calais is intensifying, with lorry roofs recently being slashed by stowaways trying to escape from queuing vehicles, warns the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

A photograph, included in the report, shows a migrant worker picking tomatoes in Italy

Beware Italian tomatoes after migrant abuse warning

By Alice Foster

Food manufacturers that use tomato products from Italy should be “very concerned” about the massive exploitation of migrant workers there, warns the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI).

Food manufacturers worry the availability of migrant labour may be restricted

Business Leaders' Forum

Food firms fear migrant labour shortfall

By Michael Stones

Fears about the availability of migrant labour and any disruption to the key contribution it makes to the food and drink manufacturing sector was one of the hot topics at the Business Leaders’ Forum (BLF) last month.

Much of the UK food industry relied on the contributions of overseas nationals

UK food industry depends on migrants

By Michael Stones

Migrant workers make a key contribution to food and drink manufacturing and their loss to the sector would be seriously damaging, according to informed industry sources.

Improve ceo, Jack Matthews said that the industry is over-reliant on the skills of migrant workers due to a lack of training provided for their UK counterparts. To book your free place at the free half-day skills conference, organised by our sister publication Food Manufacture and the Institute of Food Science and Technology, contact Hannah Rosevear on 01293 610431 or email Hannah.Rosevear@wrbm

UK food and drink firms over-reliant on migrant labour

By Dan Colombini & Mike Stones

UK food and drink manufacturers are still over-reliant on the use of migrant labour despite huge steps being taken to increase the availability of British workers, according to the sector skills council Improve.

FDF: migrant cap could be 'bad for business'

FDF: migrant cap could be 'bad for business'

By Ben Bouckley

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has expressed concern over the effects on the food industry of a interim cap on the number of skilled non-EU workers allowed to enter the UK.


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