Port operatives in North Killingholme, Lincolnshire, employed by C.RO Ports now have Britain and Ireland’s biggest union on their side following a Unite organising campaign.

After the majority of the port operatives joined the union, positive discussions between management and Unite led to a deal giving over 125 workers at the cargo port the right to be represented by the union.

The company has agreed access for Unite’s organisers to help democratically elect a full complement of workplace representatives with organisers on site every Wednesday and Thursday for four weeks starting today (Monday 19 August).

C.RO Ports Killingholme is part of a larger group of roll-on roll-off shipping services and ports offering stevedoring services at a number of locations around Europe.

Unite regional officer Mike Wilkinson said: “There was overwhelming support amongst the port operatives for Unite representation. We’ve had constructive discussions with the company and we have been able to agree on Unite recognition. We believe this is a really positive development for the port and we look forward to giving the Operatives the best and most professional collective representation.”


  • Unite is a union that campaigns for and delivers better pay and conditions for its members. Unite is winning at work based on three core values. Secure Work: fighting for jobs and job security, Strong Voice: a union which is a respected voice at work and Decent Pay: a union focused on pay and conditions.

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  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.