Dates have now been confirmed for the Port of Liverpool strikes. The strike action will take place from the 19th of September at 19:00hrs until, continuing until the 3rd of October at 06:00hrs. Dock workers will walk out for this two week period, stalling productivity and affecting the supply chain.
Liverpool port is one of the UK’s main ports, alongside Felixstowe port, where strikes took place for 8 days last month.
The strikes were initiated over pay disputes, after the workers refused the 8.3% pay packing increase and a £750 cost of living for every container port operative. This was upped from 7% to 8.3% by the port owner, Peel Ports Group; however this increase was still rejected.
The strikes will have significant effects on the supply chain, especially as we are nearing the crucial Christmas period. Around 560+ workers, including maintenance engineers are set to strike for the two week period.
The Union, Unite, has also said that Felixstowe workers will strike for another 8 days, from 7am on Tuesday 27 September until 6.59am on Wednesday 5 October, which will coincide with the Liverpool Strikes.
What will this affect?
- Disruption to the UK supply chain
- Impact on international trade
- Slower productivity or a halt in industrial action over those days.
- Further strikes across the industrial sectors, including rail strikes, are also due to take place throughout the rest of the year.
For further information please reach out to your account manager or operational contact.
We will continue to monitor the situation and continue to review internally shipments that could likely be affected, as we look to minimise the impact felt by our customers.