British military personnel began operating fuel tankers on Monday. The government has stepped up efforts to address the shortage of truck drivers, closing some gas stations, causing hoarding and long lines at other gas stations, further threatening confusion during the preparatory period until Christmas. I did. ..
Approximately 200 soldiers have been deployed in southern England and the problem is currently concentrated, about half of them driving civilian vehicles and the rest providing logistical support.
In an interview with LBC Radio, Exchequer Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the army was deployed as a backup, although fuel supplies were improving.
“We have placed additional drivers as a special precaution,” Snack said, adding that “we are doing everything we can.”
“Currently, we are facing challenges in supply chains here and around the world, and we are determined to tackle them head-on,” Snack said at a later Conservative meeting in Manchester. ..
Like other countries, the UK has a shortage of truck drivers, but employers were free to hire workers from all over Europe before the UK left the European Union Special Economic Zone. .. Since January, most foreign employees have required visas and have restricted hiring.
In the so-called Operation Escaline, British troops were required to have access to personnel for 31 days, which can be extended if necessary.
A uniformed soldier was found at an oil depot in Hemel Hempstead in northern London on Monday, according to British new media.
Snack admitted that the shortage could continue during the pre-Christmas period, but told the BBC that there was no quick solution to the problem affecting other countries.
The government provided short-term visas to some foreign truck drivers, he added.
It struck a more emollient tone than Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who said on Sunday that the crisis would ultimately help workers by forcing employers to provide better wages and conditions to UK employees. rice field. Foreign Minister Liz Truss later doubled the message, blaming the virtually lacking business, saying “I don’t think the prime minister is responsible for what’s in the store.”
On Sunday, Johnson also said that due to another labor shortage (in this case a meat packaging worker), thousands of pigs had to be slaughtered on the farm instead of being used for food. He seems to have rejected the claim that he might have to.
Zoe Davis, chief of the National Pig Association, told Times Radio that he was “very tired of the Prime Minister’s attitude” and could not enter the food chain if the animals were slaughtered on the farm. Added. “We can’t accept them because the slaughterhouse doesn’t have staff,” she said.