Redundant hospitality workers urged to join warehousing workforce

As government restrictions in response to the Covid-19 threat have closed pubs, clubs, hotels and restaurants across the country, UKWA (United Kingdom Warehousing Association) is working with Harri  – a next-generation workforce recruitment platform – to help redeploy redundant workers from the hospitality sector into the warehousing and logistics industry, to assist with the shortage of labour.

FairFuelUK condemns ‘unscrupulous’ fuel supply chain

Independent campaigning organisation FairFuelUK has expressed its anger on behalf of its supporters that despite the massive reduction in the price of oil the benefits are not being passed on to hard-pressed UK motorists and logistics companies.

It points to the fact that oil prices have fallen by 57 per cent since Christmas. In its latest statement FairFuelUK argues that average pump prices for diesel should be £1.10 per litre, not £1.23 – while petrol should be £1.00 per litre instead of £1.20.

Coronavirus: Logistics needs Brexit transition extension, says FTA

The challenges posed by the Covid-19 virus will make the effective implementation of any new legislation, including Brexit, impossible in the short term, the Freight Transport Association has warned. 

As a result, the industry is petitioning government urgently to seek an extension to the current transition period for leaving the European Union, as well as suspending other planned domestic legislation which will impact the logistics sector.

Coronavirus: Delivery drivers denied access to hand washing facilities

Drivers and warehouse workers are being denied access to hand washing facilities despite it remaining the primary advice to avoid the spread of Covid-19.

Industry groups representing transport workers are calling on businesses using the services of these workers to ensure that adequate hygiene facilities, including hot and cold running water, are available to all drivers and warehouse operatives delivering to, or collecting from business premises.

Government failing on longer semi-trailers, says FTA

The Government should make the use of longer semi-trailers (LSTs) a permanent fixture on the UK’s roads following the successful outcome of its trial, according to the Freight Transport Association. 

Transport sector earnings on EU investments soar since Brexit vote

The UK transport industry has seen earnings on its investments in the EU rocket by more than 400 per cent since the Brexit vote, analysis of the latest ONS data has revealed. 

UK transport trade earnings from investments in the EU rose from £177 million in 2015 to £1 billion three years later – up 476 per cent compared with before the vote.

New moveable barrier set to deal with any Brexit disruption on M20

A moveable concrete barrier described as a “long-term solution to handle traffic disruption in Kent”, will be in place from December 2020, the Government has announced.

The new technology, which can be deployed within hours using a specialist vehicle, will be a marked improvement in comparison to Operation Brock which required a month of overnight closures to deploy the metal barrier required for the contraflow system previously used. 

Shake up for Multimodal 2020

Multimodal has shaken up its 2020 seminar format by undertaking research and guidance from a panel of industry experts on their steering committee who thrashed out a seminar programme that ensures the content is relevant for today’s logisticians. 

In the seminars there will be plenary sessions covering Brexit, Technology and Decarbonisation and then the days are split into specific market sessions enabling visitors to learn and discuss topics that affect their everyday working life – giving visitors to opportunity to delve deep into relevant industry sectors, including: 

BPA welcomes aboard new Maritime Minister

 

Kelly Tolhurst MP will be the Minister responsible for ports, following her appointment as a new Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport. Her role will see her fulfil the maritime, aviation, freeports, security and civil contingencies and shadow the roads brief.

Freight and logistics groups slam new immigration policy

Freight and logistics industry groups have urged the Government to reconsider its new points-based immigration system which will limit the number of low-skilled workers entering the UK. 

Home Secretary Priti Patel announced the new system earlier this week which will take effect from 1 January 2021.

Under the revised system, points will be assigned for specific skills, qualifications, salaries or professions with the points’ threshold “carefully set to attract the talent that the UK needs”.