Strike Threat at UK Port

According to the British local paper  the Ipswitch Star, workers at the UK Port of Felixstowe – Britain’s largest container terminal – are threatening to strike over issues including a reduction in bonus payments.

Talks have been scheduled between Hutchison Ports, which owns the port, and officials from the union Unite, after workers reportedly voted to authorize a strike.  The two sides are in a dispute over a package of changes to workers’ terms and conditions. Hutchinson Ports offered to suspend the changes briefly to allow for negotiations, but union leader Phil Pemberton said a management plan to reduce bonus payments and consider more reductions was “totally unacceptable.

Three years ago a dispute over pay went on for several months and workers voted for strike action after rejecting a 1.5% pay rise and an extra £500 a head.

RCL Agencies will continue to monitor the  situation. Please be guided accordingly!