AC Goatham publish open letter expressing "shock" and "disbelief" over immigrati

Topfruit producer, AC Goatham, has published an open letter in which they express extreme disappointment disbelief with the Government’s recent announcement of the proposed new points-based immigration system.

The no-holds-barred document, produced by their board, was announced on their website on 24 February and stresses how the new points system "will affect the future, successful operation of our business and risk the jobs and livelihoods of hundreds of our employees and also those in the businesses that support and supply ours."

The company highlight what they feel to be a "misconception that horticulture and food production is a low skilled and low paid industry.

"As an example, our seasonal harvest workers spend an average of 12 weeks working across our farms each year and earn a guaranteed £8.21ph (the current national minimum wage) but on average they earn more than this at £9.45ph."

The letter goes on to discuss how overseas seasonal workers are still desperately needed by the industry.

Read the full letter here.