Hundreds of workers at one of the UK’s largest container ports will go on strike from Monday night for two weeks, potentially further disrupting the UK’s supply chains.
Liverpool port solidarity members launch labor action hours after the Queen’s funeral. Declined an offer to pay from Peel Ports Groupowns the site.
According to the company, employees rejected an 8.3% wage increase, bolstered by a one-time payment of £750. However, the union described the proposal as a substantial wage cut as inflation surged during the cost-of-living crisis, arguing that port owners could accept higher rates.
the controversy Second eight-day strike planned in Felixstowethe UK’s largest container port, starting next week.
A Unite member at the Port of Suffolk, which handles nearly half of the container cargo entering the UK, is preparing to stop work from 27 September after rejecting a 7% wage deal offered by management.
Last 8 days of strike At Felixstowe, which handles goods for 17 different shipping lines in and out of 700 ports, it has hit a dead end.
The latest round of strikes threatens Bringing new disruptions to UK supply chains After the shock of the Brexit and Covid pandemics, it follows a summer of industrial action that affected sectors across the economy including railways, postal services, courts and telecommunications.
David Huck, Port of Liverpool Chief Operating Officer, said: This is bad news for employees, families and other local employers.
“We are fully aware of our colleagues’ concerns about the cost of living crisis and have therefore responded with a salary package that increases annual salaries by an average of 10%.”
Unite General Secretary Sharon Graham said:
She said the port owner would have to “submit a reasonable offer and honor previous payment commitments.”
The company said it has committed to changing shift patterns to cut night shifts by 25%. It also said the average container worker’s salary would rise to around £43,000 a year, well above Liverpool and the national average.
The Port of Liverpool operates two container terminals, the Royal Seaforth Container Terminal and Liverpool 2, and employs a total of 845 people in the container sector.
The dock will handle approximately 525,000 containers in 2021, with goods in containers distributed worldwide and products included imports and exports such as retail and industrial items.
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