‘Next-day de­liv­er­ies could be thing of the past soon’

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NEXT-DAY de­liv­er­ies could be­come a “thing of the past” be­cause of staff short­ages af­ter Brexit, a union warns.

The GMB said a third of ware­house and stor­age work­ers are EU na­tion­als, com­pared with 7.6% across the econ­omy as a whole.

EU na­tion­als make up a fifth of the work­force in 18 in­dus­tries, in­clud­ing ho­tels and food man­u­fac­tur­ing, the union found.

Tim Roache, GMB gen­eral sec­re­tary, said: “As Brexit ap­proaches it is be­com­ing clear that many of the com­forts we take for granted, such as next­day de­liv­er­ies, could be­come a thing of a past.

“Too many ware­hous­ing op­er­a­tions in the UK have been built on the ex­ploita­tion of both EU and UK na­tion­als, and it is clear that a low-wage, in­se­cure econ­omy is a big con­tribut­ing fac­tor as to why we’re leav­ing the EU.

“There is an ob­vi­ous irony that busi­ness mod­els which cre­ated the frus­tra­tion that led to Brexit, will be the ones hit hard­est.

“With­out a plan to im­prove the qual­ity of em­ploy­ment how this sec­tor will con­tinue to func­tion is any­one’s guess.

“We need a plan of ac­tion now.”

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