LONDON — Employees at Felixstowe, Britain’s largest container port, are set to strike for eight days after rejecting a 7 % pay enhance.
Members of the Unite union introduced Friday that they are going to stroll out on August 21, arguing the 7 % pay increase provided by the Felixstowe Dock and Railway Firm was “considerably beneath” inflation.
Felixstowe, in japanese England, handles about 4 million containers per 12 months — or practically half of the U.Okay.’s container commerce. It advantages from its proximity to the European ports of Le Havre in France and Rotterdam within the Netherlands, amongst others.
“Each Felixstowe docks and its mum or dad firm CK Hutchison Holding Ltd are each massively worthwhile and extremely rich,” mentioned Unite Normal Secretary Sharon Graham. “They’re totally capable of pay the workforce a good day’s pay.”
Unite predicts the strike will trigger big disruption since lots of the employees strolling out are crane drivers, machine operators and stevedores.
Additional talks on the conciliation service Acas are as a consequence of happen Monday.