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25 September 2022 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 06:52 GMT+2

September 2, 2022

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After those of Felixstowe, also the port workers of Liverpool will go on strike

Abstention from work is scheduled from 19 September to 3 October

After the strike of the 1,900 port workers of Felixstowe carried out from 21 to 29 August last, the protest for proposals of Wage increase considered unacceptable will extend to Port of Liverpool, where two weeks of abstention from work proclaimed by Unite, a union that has denounced the fact that the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company (MDHC), the company that owns and operates the Port of Liverpool, does not agrees on an adjustment of the wages of port workers despite having recorded considerable profits.

In 2021 - underlined the trade union organization - MDHC has made profits of £30 million, but to 560 workers dockers were offered an increase of +7% in salary when with a real inflation rate of 12.3% such an increase - denounced Unite - it represents rather a cut of the salary. Specifying that the strike was also decided for the company's failure to comply with the salary agreement of 2021, having not implemented the revision of wage levels agreed that it last took place in 1995, and not to have reached an agreement on the improvement of work shifts.

"MDHC - said Sharon Graham, Secretary General of Unite, referring to John Whittaker, president of the Peel Group, MDHC's parent company based in the tax haven of the Isle of Man - is controlled by a billionaire who is abroad for tax reasons and can afford to pay to these workers an adequate increase in salary. Throughout the Country workers are tired of being told they have to suffer a reduction in their salaries and living standards while their employer collects exorbitant profits. MDHC it must think again, make a reasonable offer and keep its his previous promises of payment.'

The strike was scheduled from September 19 to 3 next October. Unite threatened further strikes in the case a reasonable offer will not be made from the company.

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