Breakthrough in port dispute
(Source: Liverpool Business News website)
A bitter pay dispute at the Port of Liverpool that has seen hundreds of workers stage multiple walkouts may be about to come to an end, LBN has learned. Tony McDonough reports
Workers at the Port of Liverpool may see their dispute settled shortly
A breakthrough in the bitter pay dispute at the Port of Liverpool that has seen hundreds of workers take strike action may be about to be resolved.
LBN has learned that Peel Ports has agreed a settlement with at least one group of workers at the port. The company is in discussions with Unite union leaders and it is believed a resolution for all the workers could be reached in the next few days.
Almost 600 workers at the port are currently in the middle of a two-week walkout. Workers at the port first walked out for two weeks on September 19 and this was followed by a second one-week strike which ended on October 17.
Talks to resolve the dispute before the current walkout ended in confusion and a war of words. Port owner Peel Portsclaimed that workers had rejected what they claim is an 11% pay offer.
However, Unite the union insists workers were set to accept a deal proposed by port management but that it was pulled at the last minute by Peel Ports’ board.
Now LBN understands agreement has been reached with at least one section of the workforce at the port. Negotiations are continuing between Peel and Unite over a deal for the majority of the dock workers and LBN understands a resolution may be close . . . .
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