Container deliveries to and from the Port of Felixstowe are facing severe disruption as due to a 8-day strike after breakdown in pay negotiations with more than 1,900 workers taking part between Sunday 21st August and Monday 29th August 2022. Workers voted by over 92% to strike over an offer of 5% pay increase which was described as being a pay cut when compared to the current rate of inflation.
The planned strikes will result in huge delays and impact to not only trader but to international maritime trade as almost half of the UK’s container traffic comes through Suffolk port.
Currently the Port of Felixstowe is actively seeking a solution that works for all parties involved in order to remove the risk of industrial action. They stated – “We understand our employees’ concerns at the rising cost of living and are determined to do all we can to help whilst continuing to invest in the port’s success.
Westmond Logistics continues to review the situation and if required will try and reroute shipments to another UK port to help avoid disruption to clients supply chains.
Further updates will follow.