Fresh strikes are planned from Sept. 27 to Oct. 5 after port workers voted by an 82% majority to reject a 7% pay offer, Unite said in a statement.
“The collective bargaining process has been exhausted and there is no prospect of agreement being reached with the union,” Felixstowe port said in a notice on its website.
It added port authorities were “very disappointed” with news of the strike and were implementing the7% pay award plus 500 pounds ($585) backdated to Jan. 1, 2022.
The strike would follow a similar eight-day walkout at Felixstowe in eastern England last month, which clogged supply lines but fell short of causing widespread disruption in an industry already facing supply chain issues.
Liverpool port strike
Elsewhere in Britain, more than 560 dockworkers at the Port of Liverpool, one of the country’s largest container docks, are set to go on strike from Sept. 19 to Oct. 3 over pay, Unite said earlier this month. Read full story
About 48% of all containers brought into the UK are transported through the Felixstowe port, according to Unite, making it an important import hub for Britain.
Another strike at Felixstowe would be the latest in a wave of industrial unrest across Britain this summer that has affected a range of industries, from aviation and transport to nurses and lawyers.
However, unions including Unite have in recent days suspended plans for industrial action in light of Britain’s 10-day mourning period following the death of Queen Elizabeth last week.