The workers' strike action at the Port of Liverpool began on 19 September; it is expected to last until 3 October. Yesterday, global transport unions such as the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), announced their support to the 560 Liverpool striking dockers. Officials from ITF and ETF said they fully support the struggle of the British trade union Unite dockers and other port workers in Liverpool taking industrial action for a decent pay deal.
Paddy Crumlin, ITF President and Dockers’ Section Chair: “In the face of soaring inflation in the United Kingdom, with some economists predicting that the rate of inflation will rise to 20% by January, the Liverpool dockers’ pay demands are measured and reasonable.”
“As the cost of essentials like food, energy and petrol continue to rise to astronomical levels, we are seeing employer after employer gouge profits at the expense of workers’ livelihoods and living standards. Working people have had enough – and that's why 560 Liverpool dockers have walked out the gate on strike.”
Crumlin pointed out that international dockers unions will support workers until the dispute is settled. Their leaders will be joining the picket line in Liverpool today.