Protests continue in London Gateway ‘recognition’ dispute

Protests continue in London Gateway ‘recognition’ dispute

28 August 2013

Unite activists will be protesting outside the London head office of the Dubai-based DP World, owners of the London Gateway, in the continuing row over union recognition at the new deep-sea container port in the Thames Estuary.

Unite, Britain's biggest union, will highlight the fact that DP World resolutely refuses to recognise Unite.

Unite argues that far from creating jobs the London Gateway could suck business and jobs from other UK ports, while at the same time undermining the pay and terms and conditions of its workforce due to lack of union recognition.

The demonstration will be from 11:00-15:00 on 29 August outside the DP World head office, 16 Palace Street, Victoria, London, SW1E 5JQ.

Unite regional officer Jane Jeffery said: “The protests against DP World's refusal to recognise the union are continuing and Unite will not rest until workers get their rights recognised. Unite believes that the refusal to recognise the union at London Gateway will mean a race to the bottom in terms of employment conditions.

“We also believe DP World's behaviour could also threaten the future viability of other container ports. That’s why we are protesting today and this union is not just going to step aside and allow DP World to ride roughshod over basic labour rights.”


For further information please contact Unite regional officer Jane Jeffery on 07739 822610 and/or Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931315. 

  • Find out more details on the Unite London Gateway campaign
  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.