Leeds (dpa) – Great Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has dampened hopes for a Christmas without bottlenecks at gas stations and supermarket shelves. Johnson said in an interview with the BBC that he shared Treasury Secretary Rishi Sunak’s assessment that the crisis could continue into the holidays.
At the same time, the prime minister admitted that there was already a shortage of truck drivers had long since signed. Motorists in the UK are currently struggling to get petrol or diesel because there are not enough truck drivers. Long queues form in front of the petrol stations, and many of them are no longer available. The situation is particularly tense in London and the south-east of the country.
In Scotland and the north of England, however, the crisis is as good as over, the BBC reported on Sunday, citing the Petrol Retailers Association . Because of the exit from the EU (Brexit), many truckers have left the country and returned to the European continent.
Party conference in Manchester
The fuel crisis is also looming, since To overshadow the current Sunday Conservative Congress in Manchester, at which Johnson wanted to focus on the economic recovery after the pandemic.
A desperate letter campaign is causing astonishment among Germans in the country Indiscriminate calls to people with appropriate driver’s licenses to get behind the wheel of a truck – even if they have never done so before. Because class 3 driving licenses issued in Germany up to 1999 also allow driving a truck up to 7.5 tons, according to a report by the Independent, thousands of Germans received corresponding letters.
Rejection of foreign workers
Despite the bottlenecks, Johnson does not want to give in to calls for a relaxation of the immigration rules that were tightened after Brexit. “What we don’t want is to go back to a situation where the logistics industry relies on a lot of cheap immigration workers,” said Johnson while visiting a hospital in Leeds on Saturday. The consequence of this is that “wages do not rise and the quality of jobs does not increase”. The UK economy must end its dependency on poorly paid foreign workers in order to become a “well-paid, well-educated, highly productive economy.” . 000 Truck driver. This has already led to empty shelves in supermarkets. There is also a significant shortage of skilled workers in other sectors, such as the meat industry. Large numbers of workers from eastern EU countries have emigrated since the British decided to leave the EU. In order to get the fuel shortage under control, the government announced on Saturday that it would extend the deadlines for the work visas already planned. Visas for 300 tankers should be issued immediately and valid until March.
Overall, from the end of October onwards 5000 foreign truck drivers are lured into the country for a limited period. Instead of Christmas, they should now be able to stay until February. However, associations on the continent doubt whether the limited offer will meet with interest from Polish and other Eastern European drivers. As early as Monday, about 200 British military personnel, including 100 truck drivers, will help with the distribution of fuel.
“It’s nice to know that there are still job prospects for us after Brexit,” said a 41 -year-old German who lives with his wife in London , the “Independent” with a view to the letter campaign. “If we had gone to Germany, we would probably never have been recruited as truck drivers by headhunters.” For now, however, he wants to keep his job at an investment bank. There was outrage that the letters also reportedly went to thousands of emergency services and fire brigade workers. This is despite the fact that terrifying statistics on waiting times for emergency admissions are published again and again.
According to the industry, the situation in Germany is also serious. According to estimates, 60 000 to 80 000 Driver, said Dirk Engelbrecht from the industry association BGL recently on Deutschlandfunk.