The port very much regrets that Unite the union has walked away from pay negotiations and announced strike action from 21-29 August. We believe the offer made to the union of 7% on all pay plus a £500 lump sum was very fair in the prevailing economic climate but the union has refused to put it to their members who are the people that stand to lose the most from industrial action.
Customers are advised that in the event of industrial action, the Port has in place a contingency plan designed to maximise our operational activity. The level of service we will be able to offer is subject to staff attendance on each shift. More information about this will be provided in due course.
We apologise for any inconvenience potential Unite-led action will cause.