Sadiq Khan calls on European workers employed before Brexit to return to fill labor shortages

Mr Khan said the problems created by the labor shortage were ‘self-inflicted’

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said ministers should allow the return of European workers who were employed in the aviation industry before Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic to address labor shortages in the sector .

The Labor politician told the BBC Sunday morning show: “The government should recognize that there are shortages in occupation, of those working in aviation.

“It means opening up those jobs to those in the European Union who were doing those jobs before.

“Because what we don’t want is spring misery turned into summer misery. Many families who have saved up, paid for a vacation, and are looking forward to a vacation are going to be disappointed.

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He added: “What you can do very easily is make sure that those who were in those jobs before, who have returned to their country of origin, from the EU, are encouraged to come back.

“It’s self-inflicted by the government. Listen, it’s not about Covid, it’s about Brexit plus Covid.

Union leaders have called for urgent talks with the Mayor of London in a bid to avert a 24-hour Tube strike.

Members of the rail, maritime and transport union are set to leave on Monday, threatening travel chaos immediately after the Jubilee weekend.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (right) and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan at Paddington Station in London, to mark the completion of London's Crossrail project traveling on the Elizabeth Line

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (right) and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan at Paddington Station in London, to mark the completion of London’s Crossrail project traveling on the Elizabeth Line

The union is protesting job cuts and an “imminent threat” to pensions.

There is no point in our union continuing to sit in front of management representatives who have neither the desire nor the authority to negotiate a settlement, when the power lies with the mayor.

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “We demand a direct face-to-face meeting with Mayor Sadiq Khan to settle this mess.

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“There is no point in our union continuing to sit in front of management representatives who have neither the desire nor the authority to negotiate a settlement, when the power belongs to the mayor.

“The Mayor of London has the power to levy taxes. Just four banks made a profit of £34billion last year and are expected to pay out more than £4billion in bonuses to London traders. A windfall tax on these profits would more than adequately fund London’s transport network.

“Mayor Khan must choose to either take on the Tory government and demand a fair funding deal for Londoners or attack the loyal Tube workers who keep the capital moving day in and day out.”

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