Dockers will strike for eight days at Britain’s largest container port Felixstowe

Dockers will strike for eight days at Britain’s largest container port Felixstowe after unions turned down 5 per cent pay rise

  • Union Unite warned of ‘main logistical issues’ for haulage at Felixstowe port
  • Workers at Felixstowe Docks supplied 5% pay rise by house owners Hutchison Ports
  • The port stated they made a ‘honest provide’ and had been ‘disillusioned’ by strike poll
  • The strike was supported by 92% of Unite members who voted within the poll 

Strike fever has reached the UK’s largest container port with staff at Felixstowe to take industrial motion for eight days from August 21 in a dispute over pay.

Unite union members recorded a 92 per cent vote for the strike from an 81 per cent turnout.

The union says the dispute is a results of the Felixstowe Dock and Railway Company providing a pay improve of simply 5 per cent to its staff.

This is an efficient pay lower with the actual (RPI) charge of inflation presently standing at 11.9 per cent. Last yr the workforce acquired a beneath inflation pay improve of 1.4 per cent.

The port workers be part of a rising wave of staff, in a spread of sectors from rail to telecoms, resorting to industrial motion as pay rises fail to maintain tempo with inflation which is anticipated to hit double digits in Britain by the tip of the yr. 

Containers sit on the tarmac at Felixstowe Port on in Felixstowe which handles 36% of the UK's freight-container traffic

Containers sit on the tarmac at Felixstowe Port on in Felixstowe which handles 36% of the UK’s freight-container visitors

Unite's regional officer Miles Hubbard said the industrial action would 'inevitably create huge disruption across the UK's supply chain'

Unite’s regional officer Miles Hubbard stated the commercial motion would ‘inevitably create large disruption throughout the UK’s provide chain’

Unite basic secretary Sharon Graham stated: ‘The backside line is that is an especially rich firm that may totally afford to provide its staff a pay rise. Instead it selected to provide bonanza pay outs to shareholders touching £100 million.

‘Unite is targeted on defending the roles, pay and circumstances of its members and we are going to giving 100 per cent help to our members at Felixstowe.

‘Workers shouldn’t be paying the value for the pandemic with a pay lower. Unite has undertaken 360 disputes in a matter of months and we are going to do all in our energy to defend staff.”

Mick Lynch joins the picket at Euston Station station yesterday, July 27, as rail workers in the RMT strike over pay and conditions

Mick Lynch joins the picket at Euston Station station yesterday, July 27, as rail staff within the RMT strike over pay and circumstances

Strike motion would convey Felixstowe to a standstill and would trigger main logistical issues for maritime and highway haulage transport getting into the port.

Felixstowe is liable for 48 per cent of the UK’s container commerce.

Unite regional officer Miles Hubbard stated: ‘Strike motion at Felixstowe will inevitably create large disruption throughout the UK’s provide chain.

‘This dispute is of Felixstowe’s personal making. Strike dates have but to be introduced however even at this late stage the dispute may very well be resolved by the corporate returning to negotiations and making a sensible provide.’

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