Labor’s Jim McMahon warns Tories’ transportation breakdowns could ‘ruin Christmas’
Shadow Transport Secretary Jim McMahon said the government was more concerned with “launching a new royal yacht” than keeping hard-working families afloat.
The shadow transport secretary has warned that Christmas will be a mess for Britons across the country if the government does not attract more workers into the transport industry.
Jim McMahon said workers will pay the price for the Conservatives’ failure once again in the coming months.
He said the government was more concerned with “launching a new royal yacht” than keeping hard-working families afloat.
Speaking at the Labor Party conference in Brighton, Mr McMahon said: ‘We have warned them, if you don’t act now the shelves will continue to be bare, medicines not delivered and Christmas wasted for the nation.
“And it will be the Conservatives alone who will be responsible.
“Yet another example of workers paying the price for their failure.”
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Earlier today, Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps admitted he was unwilling to open the door for foreign workers to tackle vacancies in the heavy-duty sector.
Mr Shapps told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: ‘It’s unfortunate, and you’re right, we didn’t want – we don’t want – to rely on foreign labor for the longer term, it that’s why it’s limited until Christmas, because we have to sort out these longer-term issues with our heavy-duty industry, which has been around for years by the way. “
Denigrating the government’s failures to attract more workers, Mr McMahon added: “Only 3% of the 320,000 drivers in the UK are women.
“The number of drivers who complete their HGV road test after their theory is dropping.
“The response of the secretary of transport? Put more pressure on existing pilots that are already exhausted and cut corners when testing. It’s just not good enough. “
He said the next Labor government would offer workers “real choice, freeing our crowded streets and providing clean, green and decent neighborhoods in which we all grow up.”
News of escalating food prices, fuel and food shortages comes days before the Conservatives’ planned universal credit cuts.
Citizens Advice analysis shows that up to 1.5 million workers could be forced into hardship this winter.
Financial fears include difficulty paying bills, debt, or having to sell property to make up for lost income.