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