Disruption to the UK supply chain is unavoidable as a strike gets underway at the Port of Liverpool and workers prepare for similar action at the Port of Felixstowe.
The port of Liverpool is witnessing a fierce strike from 19th September onwards after the works rejected a pay offer of 8.3% plus a one-off £750 payment per container operative. The container operations have completely stopped and this may continue till 3rd October.
The ITF (Transport Workers Federation & ETF (European Transport Workers’ Federation) are throwing their whole support to the Unite and other port workers in Liverpool. As per the reports, many Logistics companies have called the strike a double whammy as the strike lead into China’s Golden Week and state that such a strike can create havoc in peak season for cargoes moving from China to Europe. All the cargo ships coming from China will be diverted to other ports in Europe and the UK, leading to pressure and congestion in the port of Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Rotterdam, and major port hubs.
This disruption has caused many major shipping lines to adjust arrival and departure times and omit Felixstowe port.