Felixstowe staff plan new strike for this month

September 14, 2022 /

Workers at Britain's biggest container port will stage a second eight-day strike over pay.

Fresh strikes are planned from September 27th - October 5th after port workers voted by an 82% majority to reject a 7% pay offer.

Felixstowe handles almost half the container freight that enters the UK, with about 17 different shipping lines operating to and from 700 ports. A previous 8 day strike brought the port to a standstill.

The port stated that they are “very disappointed that Unite has announced this further strike action at this time. The collective bargaining process has been exhausted and there is no prospect of agreement being reached with the union. The port is in the process of implementing the 2022 pay award of 7% plus £500 which is backdated to 1 January 2022.”

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: "Felixstowe and (its owner) CK Hutchison are both eye-wateringly wealthy but rather than offer a fair pay offer, they have instead attempted to impose a real terms pay cut on their workers. Since the beginning of this dispute Unite has given its total support to its members at Felixstowe and that will continue until this dispute is resolved."

The strike action will coincide with a two-week walkout by workers at the port of Liverpool, from 19 September to 3 October, also in a row over pay.

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