Workers at the Port of Felixstowe look set to walk out next month after last-minute talks to avert strike action failed. The union Unite said that a majority of 92% of its members at the Port of Felixstowe voted in favour of industrial action. More than 2,500 people work at the Port of Felixstowe, which is the biggest container port in the UK, handling more than 48% of UK’s container traffic.
The dispute follows the Felixstowe Dock and Railway Company offering a pay increase of 5% to its workers. In a statement, Union bosses said: "The dispute is a result of the Felixstowe Dock and Railway Company offering a pay increase of just 5% to its workers. This is an effective pay cut with the real (RPI) rate of inflation currently standing at 11.9%.
The union had agreed to a request to meet with the conciliation service next week to return to the negotiating and avoid industrial action taking place.
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