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Unite confirms two-week strike action at Port of Liverpool container division

British trade union Unite has confirmed that more than 560 port operatives and maintenance engineers will take strike action from Monday 19 September to Monday 3 October at the Port of Liverpool.

Peel Ports, the operator of the UK container port, said the move is designed to disrupt operations at the port after a pay package of 8.3% was rejected by the union, and following demands for greater pay increases. On the other side, the union stated that a 7% pay offer is a pay cut with the real rate of inflation, RPI, at 12.3%.

Workers will also strike over the failure of MDHC, part of Peel Ports, to honour the 2021 pay agreement, according to Unite, which said that the company did not undertake a promised pay review, which last happened in 1995, and failed to deliver on an agreement to improve shift rotas.

More than 1,900 Unite members at the port of Felixstowe, another major container port in the United Kingdom, are also in dispute over pay. Their last round of strike action took place between 21 August and 29 August.


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