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UK port workers join railway workers in strike wave

 

Workers will be on strike at the port of Felixstowe, which handles around four million containers a year.

Nearly 2,000 workers at the UK’s biggest container port began an eight-day strike over wages on Sunday after prices rose 10.1%, the most in more than 40 years.

Workers, including crane drivers and machine operators, will be on strike at the port of Felixstowe on England’s east coast, which handles around four million containers a year from 2,000 ships.

The strike comes as people across the UK faced disruption to travel on Sunday, for the third day of this week, as thousands of rail workers continued a summer of strikes in protest for better pay and job security as prices for food and energy.

Only one in five UK trains are estimated to be running this Sunday, with some areas without services throughout the day. Among those most affected by the shutdown are football and cricket fans, who attend the games, as well as tourists.

These interruptions continue on Sunday and union leaders admit the likelihood of more strikes. On Friday, most metro lines did not work due to a separate outage.

The Unite union says Felixstowe port owner CK Hutchison Holding Ltd has prioritized profits over paying workers a decent wage.

The port authorities, in turn, say they are “disappointed” that Unite has not “come to the table for constructive discussions to find a solution”.

Felixstowe is responsible for almost half of the container freight that enters the country. This stoppage could mean ships are diverted to other ports in the UK or Europe.

A growing number of unions are planning strikes as Britain faces its worst cost-of-living crisis in decades. The latest figures, released earlier this week, put inflation at 10.1%, and a growing number of Britons are struggling to cope with energy and food bills, whose prices have soared as wages can already keep up with the cost of living.

Postal workers, lawyers, employees of the operator British Telecom and workers who collect the garbage have already announced stoppages for the end of this month.

Rail workers began a series of large-scale strikes that paralyzed national train travel in June, demanding better wages and working conditions as authorities try to reform the rail system, which has lost much of its revenue due to the Covid-19 pandemic. -19 and changing travel patterns.

The government and transport unions have not reached a resolution despite months of negotiations.

Source: With Agencies

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