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Fri Feb 9, 2018, 01:35 PM

Fruit and vegetables rot in fields after fall in farm workers from the EU after Brexit vote

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15918694.Fruit_and_vegetables_left_to_rot_in_fields_as_Brexit_vote_sees_fall_in_EU_workers/

Farmers  have had to leave thousands of tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables to rot in fields because of the fall in the number of workers coming to Scotland from the EU since the UK voted for Brexit.

One farmer in Fife said he dumped enough vegetables to “feed 15,000 people for a year” because there “wasn’t enough hands” to harvest it. Another farmer in Angus said the region requires 4,000 seasonal workers a year and there simply aren’t enough unem

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Reply Fruit and vegetables rot in fields after fall in farm workers from the EU after Brexit vote (Original post)
sinkingfeeling Feb 2018 OP
lunasun Feb 2018 #1
Thyla Feb 2018 #2
bdtrppr6 Feb 2018 #3
T_i_B Feb 2018 #5
dugog55 Feb 2018 #4

Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 01:56 PM

1. But all the rural brits they took the jobs from , why aren't they harvesting for pay?

Not enough locals but why won't the unemployed brits travel to work fields like EU workers from other countries? Makes no sense
they wanted these jobs to open up, now they are left unfilled

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Response to lunasun (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 02:27 PM

2. The same reason why they need seasonal migrants in the first place.

Nobody has ever been keen on low paid unskilled jobs anywhere in the world but there will always be groups from elsewhere where the Pound or Dollar will go much further back home.

It's ok though as there are bound to be teething problems, wont be long until they figure out Brits have been picking fruit for decades on backpacker holidays so they will cut the same sort of visa deal and the jobs will be done by middle class Aussies, Canadians, Americans and EU students on their gap year.
Thus paving the way for the locals to continue with their IT and Arts degrees.

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Response to lunasun (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 02:30 PM

3. slowly happening here in the States as well.

"Get rid of the Mexicans, taking our jobs, but I'm not picking my own food, fuck that!"

People are so lazy they will starve just to keep from doing underpaid, back breaking work.

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Response to lunasun (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 10, 2018, 05:29 AM

5. Because the agricultural labour market is messed up

You try finding these jobs in your local job centre over here. There are Brits who will happily do this work, but the employers have set things up for cheap migrant labour.

Which makes it even more annoying that the political mass debate about immigration in the UK is all geared towards blaming migrants for absolutely everything, but never about asking questions about the people who demand migrants do this sort of work on the cheap.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 05:15 PM

4. This happened in Georgia in 2011

Georgia and other States enacted tougher immigrant worker laws in 2010. In 2011 the agriculture business lost $105-300 million dollars because they could not get their crops picked. Details at the link below:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2012/05/17/the-law-of-unintended-consequences-georgias-immigration-law-backfires/#5c7bf96f492a

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