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15-day strike at the Port of Liverpool has begun

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An incident for the UK supply chain is inevitable as a strike takes place at the Port of Liverpool and workers prepare similar action at the Port of Felixstowe.

Strike in Liverpool, England 2022

Strikes in Liverpool, England (Image: Anthony Devlin/Bloomberg/GettyImages)

 
Container operations at the Port of Liverpool will be affected between 19 September and 3 October after workers offered an 8.3% increase in wages plus a one-time £750 payment per container operative. Representing workers, the Unite union said the offer was not satisfying the actual conditions in the time of high dispersion.

Sharon Graham, Secretary General of Unite said: “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.”

David Huck, CEO at Peel Ports Group, the firm's owner, said: “I am deeply disappointed Unite has rejected our significant pay package after many months of negotiation. This is bad news for our employees, families and other local employers."

“We fully recognise our colleagues’ concerns on the cost of living crisis, and that’s why we have responded with a pay package which represents a 10% average increase in annual pay. "

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) both said they fully support Unite and other port workers in Liverpool taking industrial action.

The Liverpool incident was made as a construction competition taking place at the UK's main Felixstowe brothel from September 27 to October 5. This is the second strike at Felixstowe this year after the public strike lasts eight days in August.

Container xChange - a platform for container logistics technology - the strikes are a "double whammy" that affects the supply chain, and the strike also affects goods during China's Golden Week.

“These disruptions will delay the peak season cargo coming from China to Europe. The cargo ships will be diverted to other ports in Europe and the UK, adding pressure to the congestion in the port of Bremerhaven, Hamburg, Rotterdam, and major port hubs,” said Christian Roeloffs, Container xChange CEO.

Maersk announced changes to its schedule in response to the Felixstowe strikes, adjusting arrival and departure times and skipping Felixstowe at two vessels. Maersk said the Vilnia Maersk will line up at DP World's London Gateway, and the Cosco Vietnam ship's plan is about to be announced.

Maersk said it expected demand for UK road transport to be very high following the strike war and recommended booking the transport service early.

 

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Source: Phaata.com (According to Seatrade Maritime)

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