Overseas butchers and abattoir workers to be granted six-month worker visas

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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 avoid a mass cull of up to 150,000 of the animals.

It will only be temporary and is in addition to foreign butchers already being eligible, since December 2020, to apply to come to the UK through the existing skilled worker route.

Mr Eustice also announced that abattoirs will be offered private storage aid (PSA) so they can temporarily store pork before going to market to clear the backlog.

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