August 9, 2022
Starting on Sunday 21st August to Monday 29th August, 1,900 dock workers at the port of Felixstowe are planning on strike action after talks failed to materialize a solution to the ongoing pay dispute.
Negotiations over the pay dispute came to an end on August 8th with no resolution.
The UK press has reported that the union will agree to meet for further discussion if a proposal of above the initial 7% pay increase is a possibility. Felixstowe port is owned by Hong Kong-based CK Hutchison Holdings.
If the strike does proceed, there will be significant disruption to supply chains throughout the United Kingdom.
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UPDATE 31st July, 2022
Felixstowe is the UK's largest container port handling approximately 40% of all containers that arrive and depart from the United Kingdom. Dock workers have recently voted towards strike action in August at Felixstowe citing they were offered a "below-inflation pay rise". Rising living costs have started to become a major concern in the United Kingdom.
Port workers at Felixstowe, which is based in Suffolk on the East Coast of the United Kingdom, balloted 92% in favor of the strike. Members of the Unite union rejected the 5% pay increase offer. The members of Unite are responsible for all aspects of the port's operation in Felixstowe.
The Union has agreed for additional rounds of talks prior to strike action taking place. Talks are set to resume on Thursday it has been reported.
The Port of Felixstowe handles more than 4 million TEUs per year. Felixstowe strike action would impact many business entities across the United Kingdom.
Industrial action has already been seen across the United Kingdom in a range of sectors as inflation continues to rise.
If you have any concerns relating to the upcoming potential strikes, please don't hesitate to reach out to Crane Worldwide Logistics' UK team here for alternative options.
Our United Kingdom logistics operations are located in Aberdeen, Birmingham, Manchester, and London Heathrow. The supply chain team in the UK works in partnership with our clients offering tailor-made supply chain solutions including International Air freight, Ocean freight, Project Logistics, and contract logistics with full bonded warehouse capabilities in addition to cargo screening capability and the movement of goods internationally.