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Felixstowe: Workers at key UK port to strike for eight days

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Workers on the UK’s largest container port in Felixstowe are to strike for eight days in a dispute over pay.

Around 1,900 members of the Unite union will stroll out on 21 August after rejecting a 7% pay supply from Felixstowe Dock and Railway Company.

Unite referred to as the pay supply “significantly below” the speed of inflation.

The announcement comes after a summer season of strikes within the transport sector as the price of living continues to rise.

A Felixstowe port spokesperson mentioned the corporate was “disappointed” and that it was “determined” to assist staff sort out rising prices – while persevering with to put money into the port.

Unite mentioned eight days of strike motion on the port will run from Sunday 21 August ending on Monday 29 August.

Unite basic secretary Sharon Graham mentioned: “Both Felixstowe docks and its parent company CK Hutchison Holding Ltd are both massively profitable and incredibly wealthy.

“They are totally in a position to pay the workforce a good day’s pay. The firm has prioritised delivering multi-million pound dividends reasonably than paying its staff a good wage,” Ms Graham added.

Around half of containers brought in to the UK are transported via the port.

Unite said in a statement that the strike action will have a “large impact on the UK’s provide chain and also will trigger extreme disruption to worldwide maritime commerce, in addition to the UK’s provide chain together with the logistics and haulage sectors”.

A spokesperson at Felixstowe port mentioned: “The port has not had a strike since 1989 and we’re disillusioned that the union has served discover of business motion whereas talks are ongoing. The port supplies safe and well-paid employment and there can be no winners from industrial motion.”

The port said workers involved in the dispute earned an average of £43,000 a year.

Talks are attributable to resume on Monday.

Workers elsewhere in the transport industry have also announced plans to strike in August, after unions said wages are not keeping pace with the rising cost of living and that their members need a pay rise.

Inflation – the rate at which prices rise – is currently at a 40-year-high of 9.4% and the Bank of England has warned it could reach more than 13% as energy, fuel and food prices soar higher.

Train drivers at nine rail companies will walk out on 13 August in a dispute over pay, the union Aslef has said.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) is planning strikes for Thursday 18 August and Saturday 20 August.

Rail passengers have already faced disruption this summer. About 40,000 RMT union members at Network Rail and 14 other train companies walked out on 27 July over pay, job cuts and changes to terms and conditions.


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