The Unite Union has warned that industrial action at Felixstowe could continue until Christmas and confirmed that its 500 Port of Liverpool members will begin a two-week strike on Monday 19th September to Monday 3rd October 2022.
Liverpool port owner Peel Group had upped its offer from 7% to 8.3%, but with inflation now above 12% and forecast to reach 18% within the year, the port’s operatives and maintenance engineers claim it is effectively a pay cut.
We support regional ports and use them when they offer cost, transit, or disruption avoidance benefits. We are monitoring the situation, but our customers will not be impacted, as we currently move little cargo through Liverpool.
CMA CGM has confirmed that it will be using alternate gateways and COSCO are currently assessing how the strike will affect their GEX service loop.
We will share schedule updates.
FELIXSTOWE UPDATE 13TH SEPTEMBER: The Unite Union has confirmed that fresh strike action for eight days has been called from 07:00 Tuesday 27 September and ending on 06:59 on Wednesday 5 October. As with previous disputes we have been clearing our containers from the terminals ahead of the strike period.
The recent strike at the port of Felixstowe saw vessel calls drop from 29 to 5, with many carriers calling at alternative ports or just delaying cargo for a week to avoid disruption.
And with Unite’s general secretary, Sharon Graham threatening industrial action at the port could continue until Christmas, after accusing port owner Hutchison of facilitating “a bonanza for the shareholders and a pay cut for the workers”, the potential for further disruption is very real.
We always strive to have our import and export containers on quay for the shortest possible time, which minimises the potential for rent and demurrage and also reduces the chance that they will be swept up by any short-notice industrial action.
Our sea freight operations are headquartered at Felixstowe, which means we have a big presence by the port and have resilient contingency plans in place for any disruption to operations and, when appropriate, will move cargo to alternative ports, to avoid delays and congestion.
We are monitoring the situation closely and will report on developments as they happen, so that you can make informed decisions and avoid possible issues, before they become problems.