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The Fork Lift Truck Association has welcomed government recognition for logistics and supply chain workers as key workers.

James Clark, secretary-general of the British Truck Association said: “In these challenging times, we are pleased that the government has recognised that everyone working to keep essential supply chains open is a critical key worker.

“Workers across the whole logistics industry, including those that maintain the safe operation of forklift trucks, are an essential part of our countries efforts to keep people fed and combat this deadly virus.”

The FLTA will continue to support its member by providing “continuous, uninterrupted supply of goods and services”.

It concluded: “Everyone who works in logistics should be proud of the part they play throughout all the peak periods, and particularly during this crisis.

“From pickers, packers and forklift drivers to the maintenance engineers, transport planners and delivery drivers, their importance is often overlooked. It is worth celebrating the great job they do in keeping this country running no matter what unforeseen events occur.”