The new immigration rule in the United Kingdom seems to be hitting a lot of surfaces really hard as the latest of complaints about it zooms from a fishing department.
Angnus McNeil, an MP in the western isle has warned that the holding up of the United Kingdom’s Immigration rules is already creating a theatric environment as the west coast fishing boats are already shy of Crews.
While revealing his discontent about the reigning situation, he commented that he was expecting a prompt feedback from the Immigration Minister, Robert Goodwill, after he had seen loads of boats on ties to lack of Crews.
He regarded the occurrence as a very extreme and seriously terrible situation caused by the government of the United Kingdom with their current stance on the temporary work visa that has made the non-European Union fishermen left their jobs and related activities in fear of being caught up by the long arm of the law.
He advised that in an area of population decline as theirs, it is practically difficult to recruit locally, and the current scenario with the crew shortage means the Immigration stance has to either be readjusted or made flexible to accommodate foreign workers for a while in the area.
He mentioned that before the infuriating incidence, many boats used foreign seamen from outside the European Economic Area (EEA)and the system worked well to the extent of massively boosting the local economy. He revealed that many of the said seamen are still in contact with their skippers, asking them on occasions for when to come back and work, but they have to be sure of their safety.
The United Kingdom’s government stance even looked stranger when it was said that the temporary sheep shearers from outside the four walls of the European Economic Area (EEA) are allowed entrance into the territory in the spring. This made him reiterate that he is anticipating an imminent response from Robert Goodwill, the UK Minister of Immigration on the issue.
The MP also revealed that to work to full capacity in the section courtesy of the created vacancies, he has be informed to produce 60 additional skilled workers (Crews) in the isle with at least seven boats tied up. The seven boats are specifically reported to include three in Barra and four in Stomoway.
The western isle fishermen’ association secretary has also commented on the incidence, stating that the crew shortage as experienced has drastically impacted the western coast prawn fishery. Mr. Duncan Macinnes said crew shortages have made the local economy suffer significantly from not being able to have skilled men at its disposal. He continued that the tied up boats are also costing their treasury via lost tax revenue. He revealed that the MP has been fighting the industry’s corner on UK immigration policy for years but the problem stems from a ruling that fishing equipment put to work within a 12 miles limit of the territorial waters of the land must not employ crews from outside it.
Though the immigration ruling has been defended by the UK’s Board Agency, stating that the move was to safeguard local jobs as well as put an end to exploitation and as well that all industries in the country have an obligation to adhere to it set laws and principles, it is imminent to note that this one particularly is having a big deficiency and an onus on the UK economy.