EU truckers say UK government needs to offer LONGER work permits

‘Three-month visas are NOT an option, make it TWELVE’: EU truckers say UK government needs to offer LONGER work permits if they want to tempt drivers to uproot their lives

  • Europe-based lorry union said drivers will not be tempted back to the UK for the promise of temporary visa #
  • But many drivers from Poland, France and Portugal say that a three-month visa does not tempt them to move
  • Dutch union chief Edwin Atema said they would not return to the UK to sort ‘s**t they created themselves
  • One British trucker said he and colleagues were treated like ‘lepers of societyand left their jobs as HGV driver
  • Foreign lorry drivers say they will refuse the £4,000-a-month pay packet being offered if they return to the UK to drive tankers and trucks unless they are allowed to work in Britain for at least a year.

    Jakub Borzykowski, who was born in Poland but lives in Germania, detto quello Boris Johnson‘s offer of a three-month visa would not give him or other HGV drivers the security they need to move.

    Other EU-based lorry drivers have also said they are turning £2,000-a-month more than they earn now while yesterday a left-wing olandese HGV union boss said his members won’t go to Britain to clear up the ‘s**t they created themselves’ – a nod to the decision to leave the EU.

    The Government announced over the weekend that 5,000 temporary visas will be made available to foreign HGV drivers to drive in the UK until Natale vigilia – but even backbench Tories have said it is not the answer, saying that ministers must improve conditions and the ‘standing in societyof truckers.

    Le pompe di benzina si sono esaurite e le catene di supermercati e i ristoranti sono stati colpiti dalla carenza di autisti di mezzi pesanti. La Road Haulage Association dice che è a corto di 100,000 drivers and believes around 20,000 have left because of Brexit. Covid has also seen huge numbers return home.

    Mr Borzykowski told ITV News: ‘I don’t want to work on a temporary visa because I think of the future. If the government offers a 12-month visa, I could plan for my life, but three months is not an option. I’d collect about £12,000 for three months. What next?’

    French HGV driver Samuel Henri said: “When you see what happened with Covid, when people were stuck at border crossings with the UK for days on endI’ve got no interest in that. I’ve got a family and there’s just too many complications’, aggiungendo: ‘I’m fine to go to Switzerland, to Germany, but the UK? No way’.

    Andrzej Dobrowolski, a 44-year-old Pole who owns a construction and transportation firm in Britain, said many drivers would scoff at such a proposal.

    Boris Johnson is inviting the drivers back and they are laughing,” Dobrowolski said. “They are saying: why should they quit their companies in Poland or Bulgaria or Romania or anywhere in the EU for four months?

    What the British don’t understand is that it’s not just the money that’s important,” Egli ha detto. “Their offer is at least three years out of date.

    Jakub Borzykowski, who was born in Poland but lives in Germany, said that Boris Johnson's offer of a three-month visa would not give him or other HGV drivers the security they need to move

    Edwin Atema, Responsabile dell'applicazione e della ricerca presso il sindacato FNV con sede in Olanda, hit out at the idea workers would go back

    Jakub Borzykowski, who was born in Poland but lives in Germany, said that Boris Johnson’s offer of a three-month visa would not give him or other HGV drivers the security they need to move. Edwin Atema, Responsabile dell'applicazione e della ricerca presso il sindacato FNV con sede in Olanda, dismissed the idea his members would go back

    The shortage of drivers saw petrol pumps run dry as motorists panic buy fuel worried that they will not be able to run cars

    The shortage of drivers saw petrol pumps run dry as motorists panic buy fuel worried that they will not be able to run cars

    Portuguese trucker Rui Rodrigues drives his lorry from Spain to Belgium, e detto: ‘England isn’t easy. It’s complicatedlots of problems. No parking for trucks’.

    I camionisti dell'UE si rifiutano di venire nel Regno Unito – because they believe problems plaguing the supply chain are Britain’s own fault.

    L'ex camionista Jim Titheridge, da Canterbury, Kent, said hauiiers were treated as 'lepers of society' so left the industry

    L'ex camionista Jim Titheridge, da Canterbury, Kent, said hauiiers were treated as ‘lepers of societyso left the industry

    Il governo ha approvato i piani per portare in 5,000 operatori di mezzi pesanti stranieri per far fronte alla carenza, che è stato attribuito a una serie di fattori tra cui il coronavirus pandemia e Brexi.

    But promises of special visas and attractive paywith some firms offering as much as £78,000 a yearhave fallen on deaf ears, con un capo del sindacato che dichiara che "non andranno nel Regno Unito per un visto a breve termine per aiutare il Regno Unito a uscire dalla merda che si sono creati".

    E i camionisti in questo paese sono altrettanto disillusi, con uno che ha lasciato il lavoro dopo 30 anni, likening they way they are treated ‘to being the lepers of society’.

    Edwin Atema, Responsabile dell'applicazione e della ricerca presso il sindacato FNV con sede in Olanda, che rappresenta i conducenti in tutta l'UE e in Europa, ha affermato che il Regno Unito ha un'enorme battaglia tra le mani per riconquistare i conducenti stranieri.

    Egli ha detto: "La paga è un'area importante ma non l'unica". Le persone in Europa e in tutta Europa hanno completamente perso la fiducia in questo settore.

    "Prima della crisi del coronavirus e della Brexit, questo settore era già malato". Afflitto dall'aspettativa, da multinazionali irresponsabili che abbassano i prezzi, che si è conclusa con i conducenti che hanno votato con i piedi e hanno lasciato il settore.

    "I lavoratori dell'UE con cui parliamo non andranno nel Regno Unito per un visto a breve termine per aiutare il Regno Unito a uscire dalla merda che si sono creati.’

    The shortages have seen chaos on the streets as motorists block them queuing to try and fill their tanks with petrol.

    The shortages and painful queues for the pumps are expected to last for the rest of the week but one of Boris Johnson’s most senior ministers today insisted that the Army would not be brought in to ease the crisis.

    The move to mobilise the army comes after a widespread shortage of truck drivers, which has led to serious supply problems for retailers and restaurants in the past few months, has meant plentiful stocks of fuel have not reached filling stations (nella foto: Army tanker in 2000 amid a previous crisis)

    The move to mobilise the army comes after a widespread shortage of truck drivers, which has led to serious supply problems for retailers and restaurants in the past few months, has meant plentiful stocks of fuel have not reached filling stations (nella foto: Army tanker in 2000 amid a previous crisis)

    A driver pulled a knife on a motorist and was then run over in ‘Wild Westscenes at the pumps as Britain’s fuel crisis shows no sign of abating today as drivers again queued through the night outside petrol stazioni.

    Motorists reported queues at 11pm, 3am and 5.30am across the UK as the Government was accused of being ‘asleep at the wheeland critics questioned claims within Whitehall that the crisis will be over within two to three days.

    Amid widespread scenes of enormous queueing across Britain’s forecourts, footage emerged of a man holding what appears to be a knife shouting at a driver outside a petrol station in Welling, sud est di Londra. The video then shows the car ramming into the alleged knifeman, who is then carried for several yards on the bonnet.

    Met Police say officers had been called at 2.37pm on Monday to a disturbance in Bellegrove Road, Welling, but ‘no traceof either vehicle was found. No injuries were reported and no suspects have been identified.

    And it is proving so difficult to get fuel, thieves have been siphoning it from cars, sometimes drilling into the petrol tank, Shadrack Olaloko, da Birmingham, disse: ‘What these guys did was they came and drained out all my fuel in the tank’.

    Such is the panic at the pumps, hundreds more people than usual have been filling up on the wrong fuel. In giro 250 flustered drivers have had to be rescued by the AA’s specialist ‘fuel assistteam on Saturday and Sundaycompared to around 20 in normal circumstances.

    The Government is putting the military on standby after a widespread shortage of truck drivers, which has led to serious supply problems for retailers and restaurants in the past few months, meaning plentiful stocks of fuel have not reached filling stations.

    But critics have said Boris Johnson has known for months that there is a lack of HGV drivers but ministers have had had their ‘heads in the sand’. The Prime Minister has 150 soldiers ready to drive tankers but they will not be brought in yet with one Government source telling The Times: ‘We believe that the crisis will recede in the next few days’.

    Danny Altmann, professor of immunology at Imperial College London, said Britain’s petrol stations had becoming theWild Westafter he queued for fuel only for it to sell out before everyone got to the pumps. Egli ha detto: ‘Man behind me was furious and started punching the guard’, adding it ‘became a melee of 8-10 men on the ground, punching and kicking’.

    A driver pulled a knife on a motorist and was then run over in a Welling petrol station yesterday (nella foto)

    A driver pulled a knife on a motorist and was then run over in a Welling petrol station yesterday (nella foto)

    Ascot high street is blocked with cars quitting to get petrol at one of the only fuel stations in the area. Customers are limited to £30 per car

    Ascot high street is blocked with cars quitting to get petrol at one of the only fuel stations in the area. Customers are limited to £30 per car

    The high street in Ascot was blocked in rush hour this morning after one petrol station in the area got a delivery of fuel

    The high street in Ascot was blocked in rush hour this morning after one petrol station in the area got a delivery of fuel

    The queues at 3am in London for fuel as the crisis continues across the UK as Boris Johnson kept soldiers on standby to drive tankers

    The queues at 3am in London for fuel as the crisis continues across the UK as Boris Johnson kept soldiers on standby to drive tankers

    Residents of Romford have said they have had non-stop queues for the past 5 days but Government sources have insisted the crisis will ease this week

    Residents of Romford have said they have had non-stop queues for the past 5 days but Government sources have insisted the crisis will ease this week

    Queues in London this morning at 5.30am as fights break out at the pumps as petrol stations run dry

    Queues in London this morning at 5.30am as fights break out at the pumps as petrol stations run dry

    Cars were queuing in all directions for fuel at this petrol station in Brent this morning

    Cars were queuing in all directions for fuel at this petrol station in Brent this morning

    Under an emergency government plan, key workers could be given ‘priority accessto a number of petrol stations. The plan involves capping the amount of fuel drivers can buy and letting critical workers have ‘priority accessto pumps, Il telegrafo rapporti.

    Un'altra opzione, the designated filling station scheme, could see ’emergency and critical service vehicleshaving priority access. This was done by Tony Blair’s government during the 2000 crisi del carburante.

    Some areas have already seen bin collections cancelled, and teaching unions have warned that schools could need to go back to online learning if teachers cannot drive to work.

    After a dizzying 24 hours of dithering over the use of soldiers to plug the HGV driver gap, ministers agreed to put the Army on standby. It is hoped that panic-buying will ease this week to reduce pressure on fuel supplies. But if the crisis does not abate, ministers will trigger ‘Operation Escalin’.

    Di 150 military tanker drivers were put into a state of readiness under the operation, hanno detto le fonti. Some of them will receive further training in the next few days to be able to deliver fuel if required. The operation, originally conceived in case of a no-deal Brexit, could potentially see hundreds of troops brought in to help.

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps last night announced that army tanker drivers were being put on standby.

    Ha twittato: ‘Today we’re asking army tanker drivers to be ready to deploy. And extending licences for fuel transporters to keep on road. As joint statement by 10 fuel suppliers says, if everyone buys fuel as normal petrol stations will revert to normal service.

    Chairman of the British Medical Association council, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, detto I tempi that ‘everyone will have their own reasons for needing to fill up, but as pumps run dry there is a real risk that NHS staff won’t be able to do their jobs and provide vital services and care to people who urgently need it’.

    National officer of the GMB union, Rachel Harrison, detto Lo specchio: ‘During this completely avoidable crisis, petrol must be prioritised for those key workers who save lives and keep the country moving.

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