The UK’s largest container port, Felixstowe, is to experience worker strike action for eight consecutive days starting from 21 August. Talks between worker unions and port management broke down over the issue of a pay rise offering, leading to the strike being called. More than 1,900 employees are to engage in industrial action, bringing the port to a standstill, and impacting the UK economy.
The Surrey logistics hub handles about 40% of the containers entering and leaving the UK – representing about 45,000 containers each week – filled with freight including consumer goods, clothing and canned food. There has not been a strike at the location since 1989.
The Unite union has pointed out that the port has high profitability, and commented that it “can afford to put forward a reasonable pay offer to our members but once again has chosen not to”, adding: “That decision was driven by greed, not need.”
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