Following 8 days of well-publicised, disruptive strike action at the Port of Felixstowe in late August, the talk of further strikes is showing no sign of disappearing. With talks resuming between the UNITE and Port of Felixstowe with the aim of reaching a fresh settlement, the focus has switched to the Port of Liverpool, whose workers have now set a date for their own strike action following weeks of speculation. This will no doubt put further pressures on the already strained supply chain network. 
In a reflection of the pay disputes in Felixstowe, workers at the Port of Liverpool have been offered a 8.3% pay rise which has been rejected, citing an inflation rate of 12.3% due to the economic pressures being experienced in the UK, as a result of war in Ukraine and increased energy prices. The result is a strike due to take place between Monday 19th September and Monday 3rd October 2022. Full disclosure of any contigency plans and exact details of the strike action are yet to be publicised by Port of Liverpool's owner, Peel Ports. 
We await further updates from all parties concerned and, as soon as we are able, we will update our customers affected to ensure the most cost-effective and efficient solutions are found during the two weeks of strikes in Liverpool. 
Meanwhile the threat of further strike action in Felixstowe remains. Talks are continuing and, as ever, we hope for a swift resolution to provide some stability. The recent strike hit supply chains, with vessels leaving the port early or offloading containers in Europe, adding further days and weeks to lead times across all shipping lines into the UK's biggest container port. A date is yet to be set for any further strikes, but we will continue to liaise with our customers to advise should any further news emerge in the coming days.  
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