Brexit could put an end to next day deliveries

Jack Peat - 9 September 2018

Next day deliveries could become a thing of the past due to warehouse labour shortages after Brexit. EU nationals make up more than 20 per cent of the workforce in 18 industries, exclusive official figures show. And a third of warehousing and storage workers are EU nationals.

GMB warned today that next-day-deliveries could become a thing of the past unless employers improve wages and conditions after Brexit. In the economy as a whole, EU nationals’ share of the workforce rose to 7.6 per cent in 2017, up from 7.2 per cent the year before.The two industries with the highest reliance on EU labour were the processing of fish and meat (EU nationals made up 57 per cent and 45 per cent of the workforce respectively).

The findings will spark fears for the future of some industries if there is not certainty over the status of current EU workers and a clear plan for meeting the UK’s labour shortfalls after Brexit.

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, said:“As Brexit approaches it is becoming increasingly clear that many of the comforts we take for granted, such as next-day-deliveries, could become a thing of a past... See more

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