first of eight-day strike at UK’s largest container port begins on Sunday, in in first strike hit port since 1989.
About 1900 members of Unite in Felixstowe will walk out in dispute over to pay. it latest flash of strikes hit growing number of sectors of in economy.
Workers including crane drivers, machine operators and stevedores take action after the vote more than 9-1 in service of strikes. union said stop would have big influence on a port that handles about four million containers a year. year from 2000 ships.
But one A source at the port said the strikes would be “an inconvenience, not a disaster”, arguing that the supply chain was now being used to disruption in the wake of the pandemic.
“Destruction is new ordinary. The supply chain has moved from ‘just in time just in business,” he added.
He also suggested that some suppliers of home appliances like a fridge freezer can really welcome a break because of slow sales due to cost-of- life crisis.
Merge general secretary Sharon Graham said: “The Felixstowe Docks are extremely profitable. latest numbers show what in 2020 is made 61 million in profit.
“His parent CK Hutchison Holding Ltd is so rich that in the same year he passed out 99 million to its shareholders.
“So they can give Felixstowe’s employees received a decent pay raise. it clear both companies are prioritizing generating multi-million dollar profits and dividends over paying their employees decent wages.”
Port of Felixstowe said in statement: “The company is disappointed that Unite has not accepted up our offer call off strike and come to the table for constructive discussions to find a solution.
We recognize that these are difficult times but, in slowdown in the economy, we believe that the company’s proposal, worth over eight% on average in in current year and closer to 10% for lower paid workers, that’s fair.”
Felixstowe manages almost half of containerized cargo enters the country and this action may mean that ships must be diverted to other ports. in UK or Europe.
This comes amid widespread disruptions to rail and bus services. over weekend due to ongoing strikes by transport workers looking for better pay and conditions.
Network Rail, several rail companies and bus routes in London and its parts of Surrey were hit as a result of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT), TSSA and Unite union strike which was also due to the fact that it will affect train traffic on Sunday morning.