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Please find below an excerpt from an article published to the industry by Business Live UK:


More than 500 port workers have voted to strike over a 7 per cent pay offer.


Union Unite said it amounts to a real terms pay cut. In a ballot with an 88 per cent turnout, 99 per cent voted for strike action.


Unite states that the strikes, the dates of which have not yet been set, will bring Liverpool container port, one of the largest in the country, ‘grinding to a halt’.


The workers are employed at MDHC Container Services, which is part of the Peel Group.


Maintenance engineers at MDHC could also go on strike over the same pay offer.


Unite said that the strikes by either group of workers will have a severe impact on both shipping and road transport in Liverpool and the surrounding areas.


Unite national coordinator Steven Gerrard said: “The responsibility for Liverpool container docks grinding to a halt will lie firmly with MDHC. Our members are struggling with rising living costs, yet MDHC, which is awash with cash, puts forward a completely inadequate offer. It needs to come back with a deal that meets our members expectations.”


Richard Mitchell, Port Director Liverpool Containers at Peel Ports Group, said the offer of 7 per cent is on top of a rise of 4.5 per cent last year and includes other improvements to shifts, sick pay and pensions, which further complements a decade of industry leading pay awards.


“We urge Unite the Union to keep talking with us so together we can find a resolution to avoid action that will be bad news for the sector, businesses and families, with the effects being felt for many months to come, at a time when container volume demand has started to reduce.


More than 1,900 Port of Felixstowe workers, who are members of Unite, are also taking strike action later this month over pay.



We continue to monitor the situation and will provide further updates as new information is announced. Please reach out to your Hensall Global representatives should you have any questions or concerns.




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