Overseas butchers and abattoir workers to be granted six month visas to deal with pig backlog

Butchers and abattoir workers from overseas will be granted seasonal worker visas to deal with the backlog of pigs that need to be slaughtered, the government has announced. Agriculture Secretary Geor

Overseas butchers and abattoir workers to be granted six month visas to deal with pig backlog

Butchers and abattoir workers from overseas will be granted seasonal worker visas to deal with the backlog of pigs that need to be slaughtered, the government has announced.

Agriculture Secretary George Eustice said about 800 pig butchers from overseas are needed to get the situation under control and he expects to see them arriving in November.

He added that abattoirs will be offered private storage aid so they can temporarily store pork before going to market to clear the backlog.

However, Mr Eustice said the requirement for butchers to be fluent in English will not be dropped, as was expected.