Liverpool, UK dockers plan two-week strike

More than 560 dockworkers at Liverpool, one of the UK’s largest container ports, will begin a two-week strike on September 19th, running through to October 3rd the Unite union said on Friday September 2nd.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said  that the port operator – Mersey Docks and Harbour Co (MDHC), needed “to think again, table a reasonable offer and fulfil its previous pay promises”.

Supply chain logistics are still recovering from an eight-day strike in August at Felixstowe, the only UK port larger than Liverpool. Unite said that the strike would “severely disrupt” shipping and road transport in Liverpool and surrounding areas

Port operatives and maintenance engineers, are striking over a 7% pay offer they say amounts to an effective pay cut, given that inflation in the UK is in double digits. The union also claim that MDHC has failed to honour a 2021 pay deal.

MDHC parent Peel Ports said that it had offered a pay package of 8.3%, on top of a 4.5% pay increase last year, and had introduced other improvements to shifts, sick pay and pensions.

Peel Ports COO said that “our pay offer is well above the national average and represents a sustainable position for the business, taking into account stagnation in the container market, worldwide economic pressures, the conflict in Ukraine and global shipping disruption”.