Felixstowe Port Set For August Strike
Felixstowe looks set for a strike next month after the most recent negotiations between the port management and the workers union broke down recently.
As a result, members of the Unite union have been balloted and 92% of the votes cast were in favour of striking. While there are no specific dates set, it is reported that Unite have paused for ‘a short window of opportunity’, to allow the port time to consider its position.
The dispute follows an increased pay offer from the Port of 5%, which follows on from a 1.4% rise the workers received last year. Unite argue that considering inflation is over 11%, what the port has offered is effectively a pay cut.
Any strikes at the UK’s largest container port will have a negative impact on many imports and exports, therefore we are hoping that some last minute agreement can be made.
In the meantime, we are watching the situation closely and will update any significant developments.