NFU Scotland has written to the UK government asking for immediate action as the labor crisis affecting the agricultural, food and drink sectors is worsening. In its letter to Kevin Foster MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Future Borders and Immigration, NFU Scotland’s specifically asked for these items:
- Introduce a 12-month covid recovery visa for the food and drink supply chain to deal with immediate pressures on the industry and allow employers to expand recruitment to EU and other overseas workers
- Commission an urgent review by the Migration Advisory Committee on the needs of the agricultural, food and drink sectors
- Review the Seasonal Workers Pilot (SWP) scheme and replace it with an improved permanent scheme that works for both farm businesses and seasonal migrant workers
- A firm commitment from the UK Government to help secure a future workforce for the long term
In the past week, NFU Scotland joined with other Scottish food and drink organisations in writing to the UK and Scottish governments calling for urgent action on tackling the labor crisis in the industry ahead of the Christmas season.