Port of Felixstowe to strike in late August
Posted on 5th August 2022 at 16:30
After much speculation, it has been confirmed that workers at the UK's biggest container port, the Port of Felixstowe, plan to strike for eight days at the end of August, commencing on 21st August 2022. Talks are continuing, so it is hoped that between port management and the union, UNITE, an agreement can still be reached to avert such strike action and the detrimental impact in which the action will no doubt result for an already strained supply chain industry.
The eight days of strike action are currently scheduled to run from Sunday 21st August until Monday 29th August. With around half of the UK's total containers being handled through the Port of Felixstowe, such a shutdown is sure to have a key impact on all movements through the port, whether imports or exports. Loadings and unloadings will of course also be impacted, with further impacts for onward haulage and, ultimately, deliveries to customers along the supply chain.
There remains hope for a resolution to the ongoing talks, and we await further news with interest over the coming weeks. We will liaise with all our customers to advise on the impacts expected, should the strike threat persist.
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