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Fresh eight-day strike announced at Felixstowe

A new eight-day strike has been announced at the UK’s largest container port, Felixstowe, as a pay dispute deepens.

The Unite union have announced that the strike will begin at 7am on Tuesday 27th September, and run until 06:59 on Wednesday 5th October.

Unite says workers have “overwhelmingly rejected” management’s attempt to impose a pay deal worth 7%, which is a real terms pay cut.

Felixstowe handles almost half the container freight which enters the UK, with around 17 different shipping lines operating to and from 700 ports.

The strike could cause fresh disruption to UK supply chains, as retailers try to stock up on goods ahead of Christmas.

NEW: Unite announces fresh strikes in the Felixstowe port dispute. Eight days of walkouts called from 07:00 Tuesday 27 September and ending on 06:59 on Wednesday 5 October. The last eight days brought the port to a standstill

— Josiah Mortimer (@josiahmortimer) September 13, 2022

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This article was written by Graeme Wearden and originally published on www.theguardian.com