Protesters striking

Strike At The Port Of Liverpool

More UK port disuption to come following the recent strike at the Port of Felixstowe. More than 560 port operators at the Port of Liverpool will stop work for two weeks from September 19 to October 3 over pay conditions.

The Unite Union accused port operator Mersea Docks and Harbour Company (MDHC) of offering a 7% pay increase at a time of 12.3% inflation. MDHC was also accused of failing to carry out a pay review and failing to improve shift rotas.

“Workers across the country are sick to death of being told to take a hit on their wages and living standards while employer after employer is guilty of rampant profiteering. MDHC needs to think again, table a reasonable offer and fulfil its previous pay promises.” Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said in a statement.

MDHC is owned by Peel Ports, which said it had made a pay offer of 8.3% along with improvements to sick pay, pensions and shifts.

Peel Ports Chief Operating Officer David Huck said: “Our pay offer is well above the national average and represents a sustainable position for the business, taking into account stagnation in the container market, worldwide economic pressures, the conflict in Ukraine and global shipping disruption.”

Huck added: “We will continue to urge Unite the Union to keep talking with us so together we can find a resolution to avoid action that will be bad news for the sector, businesses and families, with the effects being felt for many months to come, at a time when container volume demand has started to reduce.”

The location of the Port of Liverpool
Where the Port of Liverpool is located