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For the first time since early in the pandemic, Britain’s supermarkets are struggling to keep their shelves replenished. Nando’sThe nurse manager a, the fast-food chain, had to close 45 restaurants because of a chicken shortage; McDonald’s is low on milkshakes. Supermarket bosses have warned of possible shortages at Christmas. Supply chain bottlenecks are due in part to a labour squeeze — especially lorry drivers. Some reasons are short-term. But longer-term shifts are at play that could have profound effects — tilting the balance of negotiating power from capital towards labour.
Worker shortages are far from just a UK problem. Squeezes are also being reported in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Scandinavia, and in similar sectors: hospitality, distribution, constructionThe kits being distributed at pharmacies. Some teachers chose to hold classes outdoors., health and social care. Britain did suffer an earlier and bigger surge of infections with the Delta variant than some EU neighbours. The “pingdemic” of workers forced to self-isolate after contact with an infected person coincided with school holidaysat a time that Canada had administered fewer than 2.5 million doses., leading to unusually high absences. Yet many factors fuelling the employment squeeze are the same as in the EU and the US.
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