Britain Faces Another Wave of Strikes Once Mourning Ends

Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Source: Bloomberg

Two of Britain’s largest ports are bracing for overlapping dockworker walkouts in coming weeks, threatening more disruption to the nation’s trade flows in a dispute over pay.

Rail unions are separately poised to revive stoppages on hold since the country began a period of mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, with details likely to be announced next week after her funeral.

While strikes spurred by soaring inflation were interrupted by the monarch’s death last Thursday, action across numerous industries is set to resume in due course. The spate of walkouts will represent a major challenge for new Prime Minister Liz Truss, already battling the crisis around escalating energy bills.

A previously announced two-week strike at the Port of Liverpool will start Sept. 20, after engineering and port operatives rejected the latest pay offer from Peel Ports Ltd. at a meeting Monday evening. That’s a day later than originally planned, avoiding the date of the royal funeral.

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