Workers at the ports of Felixstowe and Liverpool are on strike

Unite said in a statement that new strikes are planned from September 27 to October 5 after port workers voted by an 82% majority to reject a 7% payment offer.

“Further strike will inevitably lead to delays and disruptions to the UK supply chain, but this is entirely company-made,” said Bobby Morton, the national official for docks, referring to the port operator, referring to the port operator. CK Hutchison (credit).
With inflation rising to 10% in July and the BoE forecasting it to exceed 13% next month, Unite says the 7% pay-off offer represents a “real wage cut”.

“The collective bargaining process has been exhausted and there is no prospect of an agreement with the union,” the port of Felixeaux said in a notice on its website.

It added that the port authorities were “deeply disappointed” by news of the strike and were implementing a bonus of 7% of pay plus £500 ($585) on January 1, 2022.

The strike would follow a similar eight-day strike in Felixstowe, eastern England, last month that clogged supply lines but failed to cause widespread disruption in an industry already facing supply chain problems.

Liverpool harbor strike

Elsewhere in Britain, more than 560 port workers at the Port of Liverpool, one of the country’s largest container berths, are set to go on strike from September 19 to October 3 over wages, Unite reported earlier this month. Read the full story

According to Unite, about 48% of all containers brought into the UK are transported through the port of Felixstowe, making it an important import hub for Britain.

Another strike in Felixstow will be the latest in a wave of industrial unrest across Britain this summer that has affected a range of industries, from aviation and transport to nurses and lawyers.

However, unions, including Unite, have in recent days suspended plans to strike industrial action in light of Britain’s 10-day period of mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth last week.

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