Two-week strike begins at Scotland’s largest container port

Two-week strike begins at Scotland’s largest container port

A two-week strike commenced earlier today at Scotland’s largest container port, the Port of Grangemouth, over the imposition of shift changes and a freeze on wages, reports say.

Members of the Unite union commenced industrial action at the port at midnight and plan to continue the stoppage until March 29, according to local press.

Crane drivers and loaders are striking over changes to shift rotations and the end of weekend overtime pay rates at the port, which is operated by Forth Ports. A wage freeze has also been imposed for the 2016-2017 period.

A spokesperson for Unite said Forth Ports had “completely ignored” consultation and negotiation with its employees. Forth Ports called the strike “unjustified” and said the changes reflected the needs of customers.

The union claims the average employee would lose £1,800 a year in unpaid overtime as their rotas are moved to a seven-day working week.

Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.

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