Strike at the UK’s largest container port over wage hikes

Environmental Protection Agency

NOS News

At Felixstowe, the main British container port, the dockers did their job. With an eight-day strike, nearly 2,000 strikers want to force a wage increase.

It is feared that the strike will have dire consequences for the supply of shops and companies. The Port of Felixstowe handles about half of the four million containers entering the UK each year.

According to Union Unite, the “highly profitable” dock would rather give a bonus to shareholders than a decent salary for employees, and there is more than enough room for a decent salary increase.

Insufficient compensation

The port regrets the consequences of the strike on supplies in the country and says it is trying to limit the damage as much as possible. According to the company, it has offered dockers a pay rise of more than 8 percent on average this year. Unions believe that this is not enough, because it does not fully compensate for inflation.

UK inflation hit 10.1% in July, the highest level in forty years. Not keeping up with wages, the British have financial problems. The increased energy bill plays tricks on them, too.

The port strike is not the only one in the country. Train and metro workers have been on strike for the past few days and work has been declared suspended for the rest of the month at the post office, lawyers, BT and garbage services.

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