The pay, and terms and conditions, of the 300 workers at the Port of Liverpool should be protected now that Blue Arrow has won the contract to supply labour to the thriving port, Unite, the country’s largest union, said today (Friday 17 October).
Unite is concerned that Drake Port Distribution Services has lost the contract that it has held since 1995 to Blue Arrow.
At a mass meeting last night (Thursday 16 October) the workforce called for urgent talks to take place between Unite and Blue Arrow as soon as possible.
Unite regional officer Terry Teague said: “We had a good working relationship with Drakes and it is obviously a matter of concern that our members will be transferred to another employer – hence the call for the urgent meeting with Blue Arrow.
“We want to ensure that all the present agreements, jobs, terms and conditions and working practices are protected. Also, our members will expect their new employer to honour the promise made by Drakes to improve sick pay and introduce a bonus scheme.
“There is a lot of investment being pumped into the port which will enable Liverpool to take some of the world’s biggest container ships and our members are keen to play their part in securing a vibrant future for the port – but not at the expense of their pay and conditions.”
Unite represents dockers, boatmen, engineering operators, clerical and supervisory staff, warehouse staff and crane and plant operators.
For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940 and/or the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065.
Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.