22 October 2014
RMT Press Office
Mick Cash, general secretary of road freight union RMT, responds to reports this morning of a threat to Christmas deliveries from a chronic shortage of lorry drivers.
Mick Cash said
"We are paying the price for years of attacks on jobs and working conditions which have casualised and undermined the status of workers in the road freight industry to the point that we now face the prospect of empty shelves in the run up to Christmas.
"The blame for this crisis lies with the companies who have hammered jobs and pay to maximise profits and with a government that refuses to take integrated transport services seriously and which has allowed an ad hoc and casual approach to dominate. That is why a crisis call for staff has been thrown out this morning.
"The answer is decent pay and jobs and a planned approach to Britain's transport needs. "