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Felixstowe port workers to strike after pay rise talks stalemate

Workers at the UK's largest container port of Felixstowe will press on with an eight-day strike after pay talks broke down. Around 1,900 members of the Unite union will walk out on 21 August after rejecting an offer of a £500 lump sum on top of a 7% pay rise. The Felixstowe Dock and Railway Company called the decision "disappointing".

Unite called for the port's bosses to make a "reasonable" offer, adding that it was open to further talks. Unite's Robert Morton: "Felixstowe docks is massively profitable. It can afford to put forward a reasonable pay offer to our members but once again has chosen not to. That decision was driven by greed not need."

A spokesperson at the port of Felixstowe said: "During talks yesterday [Monday 8 August] the port further improved its position offering a £500 lump sum in addition to 7%. The staff branch of Unite and the Police Federation of Felixstowe Dock and Railway Company have agreed to put a similar offer to their members. In contrast, the hourly branch of Unite has again rejected the port's improved position and refused to put it to its members."

Upcoming strikes include those on Saturday, 13 August by train drivers from nine rail companies, and further rail staff walkouts on 18 and 20 August by members of the RMT union.

Source: bbc.com


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