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The term 'unskilled labour' does a great disservice to our migrant workforce - Zoe on labour debate

3rd Mar 2017 / By Alistair Driver

In her latest Pig World column, Zoe Davies outlines the NPA recent activity on Brexit and sets the record straight on the term 'unskilled labour'. 

ZDThe NPA's chief executive writes: "Due to the hard work that Lizzie (Wilson) has put in, writing letters to ministers in all the relevant departments and the fact that they are all clearly in listening mode, we are meeting with more civil servants than ever and trying to get important points across about the pig sector.

"I was lucky to be invited to give evidence at the recent EFRA select committee on labour, in the House of Commons. The focus, so far, has all been on seasonal labour from agriculture, which although important to some, is not what the pig industry needs as we largely rely on permanent staff.

"The other point I had to get across was that although farm work is largely termed as ‘unskilled’ because people don’t usually need a degree to be able to do it, it doesn’t mean that people that are involved in agriculture have no skill. To me, this always seems to be an unfair description."

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