Felixstowe Port pay deal ends threat of further strikes

Following two rounds of strikes by workers at Felixstowe Port, a pay deal has been accepted by both parties.

Unite union members had two walkouts in August and September at the port, which handles 48% of the containers brought into the UK.

Over two thirds of the port’s workers took part in the walkouts (reports the BBC), however Felixstowe Port owner Hutchinson said that operations were not significantly affected by the strike action. Anecdotal reports indicated that importers had re-scheduled or re-directed imports around the strike action to minimise disruption. 

The deal comes into effect at the start of 2023.