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Union warns of further strike action at Port of Tilbury

  • 10 May 2012
  • By derren hayes

A strike by dockers at the Port of Tilbury’s Enterprise Distribution Centre (EDC) last week could be the first of many, union leaders have warned. 

The dispute over proposed changes to working practices has left the Unite union and port authorities at loggerheads. With little sign of a resolution being struck soon, there is a chance that further action could cause disruption to the 1m tonnes of paper reel imports handled by the EDC each year.

Unite regional officer Jane Jeffery says: “Members are annoyed at the complete lack of negotiation and consultation. Since the ballot for strike action, we have had no formal communication with the company. More strikes could be on the cards if there is no movement in this dispute.”

A Tilbury Port spokesman says: “Management at the Port of Tilbury are disappointed that Unite have decided to escalate this matter in this way despite detailed discussions held with the EDC workforce.”

Last week’s 24-hour stoppage, which started at 10pm on Monday, saw 45 Unite members picket outside the port’s main gate. The union says agency staff were brought in to do the work during the strike and were unsure what impact the action had.

The port spokesman says the strike hadn’t affected operations at the EDC; while hauliers that operate out of Tilbury docks reported no problems.

EDC staff claim the company’s plans to introduce a ‘follow the ship’ contract – meaning that employees work when the ships are ready for unloading, and not to set shift patterns as is currently the case – will cost them up to £2,500 a year each in lost overtime pay.

The EDC was built in 2005 specifically to service a 15-year import and distribution contract with Finnish paper giant Stora Enso, which supplies large volumes of newsprint, magazines and fine paper.


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