Monday, July 17, 2017

NFU suggests solutions to seasonal worker crisis

The NFU has warned that the supply of agricultural workers on UK farms is now 'in jeopardy' for the next two growing seasons. They have produced a report on the subject: Access to a Competent and Flexible Workforce

The options they suggest are:

  • Reintroduction of a seasonal agricultural workers scheme
  • An Australian style points based immigration scheme
  • A UK points system to attract non-UK nationals
  • Retaining an element of free movement

I would prefer a new SAWS scheme as there is already experience in operating such a scheme which has worked smoothly in the past.

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