Planned industrial action at Teesport this Easter by tugboat crews employed by Svitzer Marine have been called off after Unite the union secured an improved pay offer.

Strikes off

The workers were due to strike from Wednesday 13 April until Sunday 17 April. Tug boat crews are responsible for ensuring that container ships can safely enter and leave the port. Two periods of strike action in March caused serious delays at the port.

Svitzer Marine improved its pay offer following the announcement of the latest strike dates which the workers, who are members of Unite, have accepted.

Clear message

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “By standing together, taking strike action, our members at Svitzer Marine sent a clear message to their employer and secured improved pay as a result.

“Unite will always give this union’s full support to our members as they seek to improve their jobs, pay and conditions.”

Treat members with respect

Unite regional officer Pat McCourt added: “The industrial action has changed the relationship with Svitzer Marine who now understand that they must treat our members with respect.

“It is hoped that future pay negotiations will be conducted in a more harmonious and constructive manner.”


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Teesport facing Easter blockage as Svitzer tug boat crews call fresh strikes in pay battle

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