Who will be striking?
The strike has been arranged by the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union over pay increases due to the cost-of-living crisis. Following months of smaller strikes for different sectors, their members will now strike together in one of the largest civil strike in recent years.
Some of the government departments involved in the strike are:
What is a freeport?
A freeport is an area that benefits from suspended or preferential trading rules on certain commodities. This allows your goods to be imported for manufacturing without the need to pay full duty or VAT.
Who are you?
I’m Adam Grimshaw, the compliance manager for the UK. I’m based in Felixstowe, and have been with this office for two years now, starting at UK Customs Solutions before the acquisition in 2021.
Currently, the Port of Liverpool has been on strike since the 19th September, and will continue to be until the 3rd October. The Port of Felixstowe is going to strike from the 27th September until the 5th October. Both strikes are organised by the Unite Union. What has caused the strikes, and how will your business be affected? Find out in this article.
But where are the UK strikes taking place, and how does this affect your business with Britain?
Strike at the Port of Felixstowe
The Unite trade union, who represent approximately 85% of Felixstowe’s dockworkers, have been unable to reach an agreement following a vote by their members to strike over pay.