Turkey shortage: Up to 5,500 poultry workers to deliver Christmas dinners

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Britain’s looming Turkey shortage averted with plans to welcome 5,500 poultry workers to help deliver Christmas dinners.

The number of temporary poultry workers permitted to travel to and work in the UK will increase just in time for Christmas, the government pledged on September 26.

Up to 5,500 poultry workers will be able to work in the UK ahead of Christmas 2021. This will be delivered through the Temporary Workers route.

The Department for Transport also announced that up to 5,000 drivers will be able to come to the UK to transport food and fuel in the run-up to Christmas. However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will decide later today if the army will be deployed to help out. It is also believed that he canvased Brazil at the UN General assembly last week to ensure a supply of turkeys for Christmas.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said: “It is a top priority to ensure that there are enough workers across the country’s supply chains to make sure they remain strong and resilient.

“We have listened to concerns from the sector and we are acting to alleviate what is a very tight labour market,” he added.

Recruitment for additional short-term HGV drivers and poultry workers will begin in October and this route will be valid until 24 December 2021. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), working with the Department for Transport and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, will process applications, once made, in a timely manner.


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Deirdre Tynan

Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.

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