Hundreds of workers at Liverpool port vote to strike over pay

A general view of stacked shipping containers at Peel Ports Liverpool docks in Liverpool, Britain, October 20, 2021. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo

LONDON, Aug 15 (Reuters) - More than 500 dockworkers at the Port of Liverpool, one of Britain's largest container ports, have voted in favour of strike action over pay and working conditions, the Unite trade union said on Monday.

The industrial action would mean the port would be "grinding to a halt", the union said, though it didn't provide details on the start or duration of the strike.

The workers at Mersey Docks and Harbour Company (MDHC), which is part of Peel Ports, the second largest port group in the country, voted 99% in favour of the strike.

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"Our members at MDHC have Unite’s complete backing and support in these strikes for a fair pay rise,” Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said.

Rising prices and stagnant real wage growth has seen a wave of strikes across Britain with rail, legal, aviation and refuse workers voting to take industrial action. read more

Peel Ports said it had offered a 7% increase to basic pay on top of a 4.5% pay increase last year and other improvements to shifts, sick pay and pensions.

The Bank of England forecasts inflation in the UK will reach 13% this year and Unite said this would result in a real terms pay cut for workers.

Peel Ports urged the union to keep talking to resolve the dispute.

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Reporting by Farouq Suleiman. Editing by Andrew MacAskill and Bernadette Baum

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