‘Youngsters don’t want to do manual labour!’ Turkey farmer slams ’employ locally’ demand

GMB: Turkey farmer discusses why he doesn't employ locally

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The farmer explained kids these days would prefer to go to college and university and avoid helping out on the local farm which he said he did not blame them for. He went on to explain how the nature of local workforces has changed massively in the last 30-years as he shared concerns of a dwindling labour force sparking a turkey shortage in Britain this Christmas before calling for the borders to be thrown open to foreign workers.

Alastair Campbell asked what the reason was why the turkey farmer was struggling to get staff on the payroll at his farm.

The turkey farmer hit back: “Because they’re not allowed here to work!

“They were all here last year! No problems last year!

“Suddenly this year everything has gone to pot!”

He added: “We are a small turkey farmer, we are managing, we have got settled status that will last us for three years.

But the bigger guys, most of the big chicken packing stations – they are short of 300 staff everyday! It is an absolute nightmare!”

“People say ‘why don’t you empty locally’.”

He explained: “30-years ago our turkeys were plucked by the local village, by local people, mum, dad, grandad, all the kids.

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“Kids don’t do that anymore, they go to university, college – they don’t want to pluck turkeys!

“Your average arable farm 30-years ago employed 10 or 12 people – now they employ one!

“The rural workforce and the people that will help farmers do that manual labour are not there anymore.

“And youngsters do not want to do manual labour! And I don’t blame for that, I get it!”

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