Port of Felixstowe have confirmed that they have received new notice from the union, Unite, of further fresh strike action to take place in late September and early October. This follows just two weeks after well-publicised strike action at the Port of Felixstowe towards the end of August, and following confirmation of a two week walk out at the Port of Liverpool.  
This new wave of strike action is set to mirror the earlier strike, being eight full days in duration, running 27th September to 5th October 2022. There had been fears that Unite would coordinate strike action across Liverpool and Felixstowe ports, and it is now confirmed that there will be a crossover, with the Liverpool strikes running from 19th September to 3rd October 2022 (read more here).  
As well as colleagues at Boast, port management, shipping lines and hauliers are now beginning to look into contingency plans to minimise disruption during this next phase of port closures. Vessels are expected to, once again, cut short their visits into Felixstowe with diversions into European ports such as Antwerp and Rotterdam, as well as into other UK ports which are unaffected by such action, for instance London Gateway, Tilbury or Southampton. No doubt the strike action at Liverpool will also cause additional congestion, with delays through the supply chain inevitable.  
Whilst we hope for an end to the ongoing dispute, further strikes will no doubt be on the horizon for the coming weeks whilst the port management and Unite cannot agree a joint resolution. As always, we will continue to liaise with our customers to advise on the impacts expected, should the strike threat persist. 
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