Simultaneous strikes to hit Foyle port complex tomorrow

Workers at Burke Shipping Services and Foyle Port demanding pay increase

Essential workers kept goods moving during pandemic

Unite members at Burke Shipping Services and Foyle Port will be taking strike action tomorrow (Monday) in pursuit of pay increases.  It will be the second day of strike action at Burke Shipping Services and the first at Foyle Port.  Commenting, Unite Regional Officer Gareth Scott said he expected the actions to significantly impact operations at the port complex following determined pickets by Burke Shipping Service workers on Friday:

“Our members working for both Burke Shipping Services and Foyle Port have kept goods moving throughout the pandemic.  Yet stevedores and warehouse workers at Burke Shipping Services are paid less than comparable workers in the sector, while dockers and warehouse workers at Foyle Port faced a pay freeze last year and are being asked to accept a derisory pay increase this year. 

“This sector is critical to the local economy as well as the Northern Ireland economy as a whole, and our members are determined to secure pay increases which reflect their role as essential workers.

“Given that both companies operate on the same complex and pickets will be placed at all entrances and exits, I expect that the port’s operations will be significantly impacted tomorrow – especially given the strong show of determination by our members at Burke Shipping Services during their first day of action on Friday.

“Both Foyle Port and Burke Shipping Services can resolve this situation by making our members realistic pay offers”, Mr Scott concluded.

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