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British retail trade: labor shortages cause uncertainty    

Labor shortages and price rises in UK retail trade are uncertainties surrounding the future legal status of foreign EU workers as announced on Monday by the British Retail Association (BRC).

The professional organization has shown that the British retail sector employs 170,000 foreign EU employees. This is about 6 percent of the total retail labor, but more than a quarter of warehousing and distribution workplaces are filled by foreign EU workers – says BRC on Monday.
According to the alliance, 22 percent of British retail companies have already reported that immigration of foreign EU employees has started and 56 percent of companies reported that workers from other EU countries are afraid of uncertainties surrounding their future UK residency rights.
According to BRC, Britain’s departure from the European Union has created uncertainty not only for British businesses but also for the foreign EU labor force they use. “People are talking about their families, their livelihoods and their homes in Britain … It is not right that 16 months after the referendum on the British EU membership last summer, these people are still lacking the assurance necessary for the continuity of their lives” – the BRC call.
According to the retail organization, the status of a settled status is favorable, but foreign EU staff should be familiar with the practical steps to be taken to do so, how to apply for this status, how much will this entitlement be granted, and when will the five-year stay Final date.
According to the package of proposals outlined by the British government to enforce the rights of foreign EU citizens living in the UK at the end of June, those who have been living in Great Britain for a five-year term to be designated later on will have a “settled” legal status. On that basis, once British EU membership is over, they will have the same rights as health care, education, social benefits and retirement as British citizens. London has not yet made any specific reference to how much it will cost, but according to British press reports, the granting of this status would be as much as the British cost of issuing a British passport, which is currently £ 72.50.
Recently, several other British professional organizations have warned the British government about the risks of limiting immigration to EU labor.
The British Restaurant Association (BHA) has announced in a miniscule call: 75% of British restaurant workers, 25% of chefs, 37% of staff in hotel cleaning and other maintenance tasks came from other EU Member States.
According to BHA’s announcement, the British catering industry has to recruit at least 60,000 new workers annually from foreign EU countries to fill vacant jobs for which qualified domestic applicants can not find.
The professional organization estimates that it would take 10 years to qualify for a sufficient number of domestic workforces and that British businesses would go bankrupt.
Meurig Raymond, President of the British Farmers’ Association (NFU), said at this year’s annual congress that the British agriculture sector will need 85,000 people per year and 20,000 in 90,000 seasonal workers in the year 2021, and a very large majority of these workers from Eastern European EU countries received. According to Raymond, if British agriculture can not access this labor force after the EU membership ceases, “crops will get bogged down in the fields.”

Source: MTI / Image: hirek.ma /

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