Unite’s campaign for recognition at London Gateway is clearly having an impact, as contrasting reactions showed last week.
Major shipping line MOL revealed it had urged Dubai Ports World (DPW) to enter into talks with the union as Unite dockers picketed MOL’s Southampton office. A DPW customer, MOL is part of a shipping consortium which sent the first container vessel into the port.
In Westminster during prime minister’s Questions, Thurrock Tory MP, Jackie Doyle-Price invited David Cameron to criticise Unite’s tactics over London Gateway. Cameron repeated allegations against the union one more time.
“The conservatives’ mock horror at bully boy tactics is a smoke screen to what’s going on,” said Unite regional officer Jane Jeffery. “London Gateway’s refusal to recognise Unite is out of step with nearly every other major port in Britain where employers work with Unite to drive up health and safety standards and reduce accidents.
“Our real fear is that behind London Gateway’s refusal is a desire to cut standards and pay in order to undercut rivals and trigger a race to the bottom,” said Jeffery.
• Local Labour parliamentary candidates, Mike Le-Surf (South Basildon and East Thurrock) and Polly Billington (Thurrock) voiced their support for Unite's campaign for recognition at London Gateway in interviews with Your Thurrock.com. Watch here
Contact the Unite 4 Gateway campaign team:
Jane Jeffery or Paul Constable for details of demonstrations.
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