New Felixstowe Port Strike Set
Workers from the Unite Union at the Port of Felixstowe have now decided on another eight day strike from September 27th 2022.
The confirmed date for the industrial action is due to overlap with the upcoming walk out at the Port of Liverpool, which is set for two weeks from Monday. Unite and their members are responsible for both strikes.
Management at Felixstowe had started the process of paying their last wage offer to workers without the approval of the union, in what looked like an attempt to convince workers not to walk out. However, despite their willingness to apply the 7% + £500 increase and backdate it to January, the latest ballot resulted in an overwhelming vote to strike.
Both parties are unsurprisingly blaming each other, although the Port are confident that with declining Asia volumes, the disruption will be kept to a minimum.
Simarco are continuing to monitor the situation and will update on any major developments.