Workers at Felixstowe, the UK’s largest container port, are to go on strike for eight days.

A view shows stacked shipping containers at the port of Felixstowe in Britain on October 13, 2021. Image taken by a drone. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

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LONDON, August 21, 2010 – More than 1,900 workers at Britain’s biggest container port are set to go on strike for eight days, which their union and shipping companies have warned could severely affect trade and supply chains.

Workers in Felixstowe, on England’s east coast, are taking industrial action over a dispute over pay, becoming the latest workers to go on strike in Britain as unions demand higher wages for members struggling with the cost of living.

“Strike action will cause huge disruption and send huge shockwaves through the UK supply chain, but this disruption is entirely of the company’s own making,” said Bobby Morton, national shipyard chief of the Unite union.

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“it is [the company] We had the opportunity to offer our members a fair discount but chose not to.

On Friday, Felixstowe operator Hutchison Ports said it believed a 7% pay rise and a total of 500 pounds ($604) was fair. The Port Workers Union, which represents about 500 supervisory, engineering and clerical workers, said it welcomed the deal.

The unit, which mainly represents shipyard workers, said the proposal was much lower than the current rate of inflation and a rise in low inflation last year.

A Port of Hutchison spokesman said: “The Port regrets the impact this action will have on UK supply chains.”

The port said it will have a contingency plan in place, and is working to minimize disruptions during the walkout, which runs until Aug. 29.

Shipping group Maersk ( MAERSKb.CO ), one of the world’s biggest container carriers, warned the move would have a major impact, causing delays and forcing it to make changes to its fleet.

In the year Figures released on August 17 showed Britain’s consumer price inflation rose 10.1% in July, the highest since February 1982, and some economists forecast energy and food costs to hit 15% in the first three months of next year. Read more

The squeeze on household incomes has already led to strikes by rail and bus workers demanding higher pay rises.

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Report by Michael Holden

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