Port workers have rejected a 7% pay increase. With almost half of the UK container traffic coming through Felixstowe, it goes without saying the huge disruption this will cause.
In a statement supplied to a major news channel, a spokesperson for the port said,
“The company continues to actively seek a solution that works for all parties and that avoids industrial action. We understand our employees’ concerns at the rising cost of living and are determined to do all we can to help whilst continuing to invest in the port’s success. Discussions are ongoing and the company's latest position in negotiations is an enhanced pay increase of 7%. We are meeting again on Monday 8 August with ACAS and the union. The port has not had a strike since 1989 and we are disappointed that the union has served notice of industrial action while talks are ongoing. The port provides secure and well-paid employment and there will be no winners from industrial action.”
JAG UFS will continue to monitor this situation and we will send updates as soon as there are any developments.