Workers at Britain’s largest container port, Felixstowe, are planning a second eight-day strike over pay, the port operator’s website said on Tuesday, adding to a wave of industrial unrest over rising inflation.
The port of Felixstowe in eastern England, operated by Hutchison Ports, said the Unite union had informed it of further strikes from September 27 to October 5.
“The collective bargaining process has been exhausted and there is no prospect of an agreement with the union,” the port said.
It added that it was in the process of implementing a 2022 salary bonus of 7 PC plus 500 pounds (US$585.25) retroactive to 1 January 2022.
Unite officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The strike would follow a similar eight-day strike at the Port of Felixstowe last month, which clogged supply lines but failed to cause widespread disruption in an industry already facing supply chain problems.
Elsewhere in the UK, more than 560 dockers at the Port of Liverpool, one of the country’s largest container docks, are said to be on strike over pay from September 19 to October 3, Unite said earlier this month.
Irish imports from the US could face short delays as a result of a strike in Liverpool.
About 48 per cent of all containers brought into the UK pass through the Port of Felixstowe, according to Unite, making it a major import hub for the UK.
Another strike in Felixstowe would be the latest in a spate of labor unrest across Britain this summer, which has affected a range of sectors from aviation and transport to nurses and lawyers.
However, some unions have in recent days suspended plans for industrial action amid Britain’s 10-day mourning period following the death of Queen Elizabeth last week.
https://www.independent.ie/business/world/staff-at-britains-biggest-container-port-felixstowe-to-strike-again-41984391.html Workers at Britain’s largest container port, Felixstowe, are on strike again