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Pay deal ends Port of Liverpool strikes

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Strikes affecting container operations at the Port of Liverpool have come to an end after Peel Ports and Unite the union struck a pay deal.

The new deal, which Peel Ports said included a 9% increase in basic pay and Unite said was worth between 14.3% and 18.5% depending on job type, was accepted in a vote by around 600 Unite members on November 10.

The union said its members would return to normal work duties, bringing to a close ongoing, escalating industrial action which began on September 19.

Peel ports said the pay deal includes a boost to night shift allowances and a new pay structure for container port operators to complement its upskilling and development commitments.

Signalling an end to the war of words between the parties over the pay dispute, Peel Ports’ Chief Operating Officer David Huck said: “We are delighted to have closed the pay deal with Unite the Union and look forward to continuing to work in partnership with focus on the future."

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “This is a highly significant victory for the Unite members on Liverpool docks. The determined resolve of our members on the picket line and Unite's strikes-plus strategy has forced the company to see sense and do the right thing. Make no mistake – Unite will continue to fight for jobs, pay and conditions and defend workers relentlessly.”

Unite national officer Bobby Morton said: “The hard work and solidarity of our members and reps at Peel Ports, combined with the union’s strategic tactics, has paid off. This victory is another reminder of why those who want to improve their pay and working lives should join Unite and become part of the fight for a better deal.”

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