Latest feared Brexit-related shortage is of GRITTER DRIVERS. Good luck on the roads this winter!

We’ve had shortages of fruit and veg harvesters in farms, and are now seeing shortages of butchers and abattoir workers.

We’ve had shortages of nurses for years.

Our transport infrastructure is already suffering because of the shortage of hauliers, and now it is about to take a second hit because…

Local councils are saying they cannot pay drivers as much as haulage firms, meaning there won’t be any gritter lorries de-icing our highways during the winter:

This could bring the UK to a total standstill – and in the depths of winter, when we’ll need food and supplies that allow us to heat our homes more than ever.

Of course, the reason councils can’t afford to pay gritter drivers is simply that the government doesn’t pay them enough grant money to be able to afford the new going rates. Any resulting tragedies must then be laid at Boris Johnson’s door.

According to Sky News:

Transport spokesman David Renard added: “While most councils have been able to keep services running, some may find that their gritting services are affected in the same way that some have seen waste collection services impacted.”

Although he stressed that councils will be trying to plan ahead to ensure their winter services are resilient, he warned additional training for this on-demand sector will “not alleviate the short-term pressure on frontline services”.

Given these courses take up to 16 weeks to complete, trained drivers won’t be hitting the roads before Christmas – fuelling fears that shortages could overshadow this year’s festivities.

Mr Renard said: “Fast-inflating HGV driver salaries in the private sector risks exacerbating issues in the public sector, with the rises potentially creating a retention as well as a recruitment problem for councils and their contractors.”

It should be remembered that the government has tried to lure drivers back from the EU with a temporary HGV visa scheme.

However – and possibly because they remember being stuck in a Kent car park over last Christmas, with no toilet or washing facilities – very few drivers have taken up the offer. Very few:

This Writer saw a suggestion on the social media that even those 27 applications were not, in fact applicable.

The suggestion was that they were test applications relevant to each EU member state, made to ensure that the system was working properly!

And, of course, the Tories are also running into “sauce for the goose” arguments:

Yes indeed – and we know that the government can’t blame poor pay and conditions for nurses on anybody else. It is therefore hypocritical of Johnson and his cronies to berate haulage firms over low pay when their derisory pay rise for NHS staff has now been translated into a pay cut by new conditions that their political choices have created.

All we can do now is hope for a mild winter.

If we get ice, there will be death on the roads – because of Boris Johnson and his godawful Brexit.

Worse still, the knock-on effect could bring death to our homes – and, depending on how often we all check on our neighbours, it could be weeks or months before we even know the total death toll.

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3 thoughts on “Latest feared Brexit-related shortage is of GRITTER DRIVERS. Good luck on the roads this winter!

  1. El Dee

    On the nursing (and other health professionals) shortage. I’ve read (maybe in the Canary?) that this is actually a contrived shortage. The government won’t pay for enough places to be made available at universities for medical courses. Instead they bring many of the shortfall in from other countries – especially Kenya. It does this to such an extent it has created a shortage in Kenya. They are continually training and then losing staff to the UK. Further there is, according to the same article, an International Agreement that precludes countries from causing such problems by such intense recruitment from a single country. The UK denies actively recruiting the staff and says that anyone is free to apply – weasel words in my view.

    If the UK were to invest in its own people there would be no such shortage of medical professionals either here in the UK or in Kenya. It may also lead to fairer pay for them too (the reason, I imagine, that the Tories are so fearful of doing this)

    Like many I remember when nurses were taken on and fully trained by Health Boards. They even provided accommodation for them too. Now any potential nurse has to arrive with a degree before training begins. In many parts of the UK this puts debt onto people already paid poorly to start with..

  2. DEZ

    There was a time I recall where all road divisions in a County had their own drivers for the whole range of road equipment they needed to carry out their road maintenance. Over the years the invasion of consultant suits has persuaded the local government leaders that out sourcing and contracting out was the way to go such local government can now be held to ransom for private contractors having their own domestic issues and problems depending upon how a Contractor run their business and staff ….not their customers needs or importance anymore. Normally it is the usual refuse collections contractors throwing their toys out of their prams but I guess this time HGVs are top of the pile because of an acute shortage. Maybe these guys will get some recognition for their importance in society and fare better when it comes to the distribution of terms and conditions.

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