Lazy Brits scared of manual labour fumes Van Man boss struggling for workers

The boss of a removal company blasted layabout Brits, saying that we don’t want to do hard manual labour because we “think [we’re] above it or would rather do something else”.

Washington Carrato says that out of the hundreds of people he’s hired for his removal company The Man Van, based in East London, over the last 20 years, the only three Brits he hired all left within a week.

“I had an English guy start with me and we were halfway through a job and he said ‘I’ve got to go and make a phone call’ and he just left,” he said.

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“He’d been with us for four or five days and we were doing a removal up three flights of stairs.

“The guy who owned the property was a DJ and he had all this heavy equipment that needed moving.

“I don’t think he fancied it. It was just before payday and I kept ringing him afterwards telling him to come and get his money. He never got back; I think he was too embarrassed."

Washington, who began working in the UK after moving here from Brazil around 20 years ago, said that while this didn’t matter as much before Brexit as it was easier to hire workers from abroad, he now struggles to recruit staff.

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In the spring budget, released earlier this week, chancellor Jeremy Hunt relaxed rules to help the construction industry with bricklayers, roofers and carpenters being allowed to come more easily.

Washington believes this should be widened to van drivers.

“Every sector is suffering and something needs to be done because it has a knock-on effect,” he explained.

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“You might only need a driving licence to drive a van but until computers can do that and pack and unload someone’s house then we are always going to need people.

“They don’t just come out of thin air which is why the government must realise this and do something about it quickly.”


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