Boris Johnson vows truckers shortage will not force him to bring back 'low-wage immigration'
Boris Johnson last night vowed the truckers shortage will not force him to bring back “low-wage immigration”.
The PM refused to rule out a further relaxation of the rules to help ease the fuel and supply problems.
But while the visas system would be kept “under review” he insisted he would not give up the control that Brexit has provided.
He said: “That gives us flexibility – we can open up our markets if we need to.
“What we don’t want to do is go back to a situation in which we basically allowed the road haulage industry to be sustained with a lot of low wage immigration.
“That meant that wages didn’t go up and facilities, standards and the quality of the job didn’t go up.
“So the weird thing is now that people don’t want to go into the road haulage industry, don’t want to be lorry drivers, precisely because we’ve had that massive immigration approach and held wages down and held the quality of the job down.
“So we want to see an improvement, we want to see investments in facilities.
“And what you’re now starting to see is, for the first time in over a decade, you’re seeing wages going up around the country, and that is fundamentally a good thing.
“That’s what we need. Wages are going up faster for those on the lower incomes and that is what we mean by levelling up.”
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