Hundreds of Port of Liverpool workers are to walk out after rejecting what their union has described as an “inadequate” pay offer.
More than 500 port operatives from Mersey Docks and Harbour Company (MDHC) have voted in favour of a strike in response to a 7% pay offer made by the company as well as what they describe as a failure to honour its 2021 pay agreement and failing to deliver on an agreement to improve shift rotas. In a ballot of Unite the Union members, 99% backed a proposal to walk out on an 88% turnout.
A date for the industrial action has yet to be set, according to Unite, which said the 7% offer represented a real terms pay cut. The strikes are the latest in a series of walkouts by unions across Merseyside this year, with bus drivers from Arriva and RMT members on Merseyrail leaving their posts in a dispute over pay and conditions.