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Port of Felixstowe workers’ walkout comes to an end

The eight-day strike at the Port of Felixstowe officially ended on 29 August. Over 1,900 members of the British trade union Unite went on strike after a dispute about a pay increase.

Addressing the striking dockworkers, the general secretary of Unite, Sharon Graham, said, “The company [Felixstowe Ports] is making an absolute fortune. It could pay 50% more on your wages and still be in profit. We are asking for 10%. What is the problem?”

Last week, Ms Graham noted that the strike could continue until the end of 2022, if Felixstowe Dock and Railway Company, the port operator owned by Hutchison Ports UK Ltd, does not improve its offer. However, the strike seems to have ended for now without any reports about an agreement between the workers and the port owner and operator.

Unite has warned that further strikes could be announced in the following weeks, if Hutchison Ports does not improve its offer. The Hong-Kong-based company has offered a 7% pay increase plus a £500 (US$577) bonus, while the union demands a 10% increase.


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