Breaking news from UK: Chilled food delivery business goes bankrupt and £ 240 a day offered to pick broccoli
More than 400 jobs are at risk after a refrigerated food delivery business collapsed under administration – in part due to a shortage of drivers.
EVCL Chill, based in Alfreton, Derbyshire, has struggled following the loss of a number of key customers over the past year and severe driver shortages, PwC directors said.
The company has 1,092 full-time employees, PwC said, of which 658 have been transferred to clients along with a number of departments.
It leaves 434 jobs at risk in its warehouses and depots at Daventry and Crick in Northamptonshire, Alfreton in Derbyshire, Rochdale in Greater Manchester, Bristol and Penrith in Cumbria.
PwC said EVCL Chill had a turnover of £ 167million in the 12 months leading up to December 2020 and was profitable, but had been hit hard by a loss of customers and the current shortage of drivers.
Temporary visa program put in place to save Christmas
The prospect of a temporary visa program to alleviate the truck driver shortage has been met with frustration and relief by industry figures and opposition politicians.
With an announcement expected over the weekend, sources in Downing Street said the program, which reports said will temporarily lift visa restrictions for foreign drivers, will be a “short-term solution” to ease the burden. pressure on deliveries as Christmas approaches.
The Financial Times and The Telegraph reported that up to 5,000 temporary visas could be granted to heavy truck drivers while the FT also said a similar number would be approved for food processing workers, especially in the poultry industry.
It comes amid long lines at gas stations after a shortage of truck drivers has forced some fuel retailers to shut down their pumps and ration sales.
Rayner promises to strengthen workers’ rights and tackle ‘conservative sleaze’
Deputy Labor Party leader Angela Rayner has taken on “sleazy conservatives” and tax evasion companies as she drew up plans to strengthen workers’ rights.
In the first 100 days of a Labor government, the party said it would legislate to launch industry-wide fair compensation deals, starting with social care, as part of ‘fundamental change’ economy.
Ms Rayner used her speech on the opening day of the Labor Conference in Brighton to target Boris Johnson’s government.
She pledged to ‘root out the sleazy Tory that has polluted our politics and corrupted our democracy’ by telling Labor activists the government ‘was taking £ 1,400 out of a nurse’s pockets while more than £ 2 billion taxpayers’ money was distributed to Conservative donors and fellow ministers ”.
Farm offering workers £ 240 a day to pick broccoli and cabbage
Workers are offered £ 30 an hour to pick broccoli – the equivalent of £ 62,000 a year – amid severe staff shortages.
TH Clements will pay £ 240 a day and roles on Lincolnshire farmland near Boston are also year round work.
The family business, which also supplies Brussels sprouts and cauliflowers to major food suppliers and supermarkets, has been the subject of a major recruitment drive.
In a social media post, TH Clements said, “We are looking for field agents to harvest our broccoli. Excellent piece rate work with the potential to earn up to £ 30 per hour and year round work available.
Other photos from the farm showed workers feasting on ice cream as they took a break in the fields. One comment said, “Another fun day in the sun at TH Clements. Ice cream at every level – one of the ways TH Clements makes sure every employee knows they are appreciated! Many thanks to Skinners Ice Cream.
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