A multi-day strike by dock workers at Britain’s largest container port threatens to further strain British supply chains. “Nearly half of UK container traffic passes through Felixstowe port and 65 percent of incoming containers,” said British trade expert Rebecca Harding of the German news agency DPA.
The eight-day strike, as planned for Sunday, means a risk to imports and exports worth around £800m (around €950m) – the apparel and electronics sectors are particularly affected.
1,900 employees in the port of Felixstowe on the east coast of England want to lay off their jobs. Unite called a strike after an agreement with his employer, the Felixstowe Dock and Railway Company, failed. The offer of a 7% wage increase is not high enough to unite in light of the massive rise in consumer prices. Inflation jumped to more than 10 per cent in the UK in July. Unite announced that the initial strike would “send massive shock waves through UK supply chains”. In Liverpool too, dockers want their jobs to be finished soon.
On the other hand, the British Ports Association did not anticipate any long-term effects on British supply chains.
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