British port workers announce strike for better wages | News


British workers at Felixstowe, the world’s largest container port, called an eight-day strike on Friday, between August 21 and 29, in rejection of a proposal for a 7 percent wage increase.


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According to the Unite union, the job offer is below registered inflation, which increased last June to 9.4 percent.

The strike was announced after negotiations in which major shipping infrastructure Felixstowe Dock & Railway Company, a subsidiary of Hutchison Port Holdings, failed to come up with a better wage proposal for employees.

“The strike will cause huge disruption and create massive shock waves in the UK supply chain, but this dispute has been completely manufactured by the company itself,” Unite national spokesman Bobby Morton said.

For her part, the general secretary of Unite, Sharon Graham, indicated that the Felixstowe Dock and Railway Company, and its parent, Hutchison Port Holdings, have enough economic income to pay a fair wage to workers.

“The company has prioritized offering multimillion-dollar dividends over paying its workers a decent wage,” Graham said.

It is planned that next Monday a new round of dialogue will take place between the representatives of the workers and the company, under the supervision of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS).

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