Unite the UK’s leading union, has secured a significant pay increase for hundreds of workers at the Port of Bristol.


The workers who include dockers, engineers, a police force and many other skilled roles rejected the company’s initial pay offer.


Extensive negotiations 


There then followed an extensive period of negotiations between Unite and the employer. Eventually an offer of an eight per cent pay increase and a further lump sum payment equivalent to 1.1 per cent of a worker’s salary was agreed.


Unite has 300 members at the port who are employed across all grades.


Standing together


Unite regional officer Gareth Lowe said: “By standing together Unite members at the Port of Bristol have ensured that the employer has made a significantly improved pay offer.


“The pay increase will offset the cost of living crisis that members are currently experiencing.”


“Special credit must go to Unite’s reps at the Port of Bristol, without whose hard work and dedication it would have been impossible to achieve such a positive result for members.”


Collective bargaining


Unite senior rep Anthony Wills said: This shows how partnership working and collective bargaining can and should work in favour of our membership.


“We’re pleased the employer has met with our reps team and been able to see the sense in a proper pay award that keeps our members financially afloat in an unprecedented economic climate.”




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Unite is the UK and Ireland’s leading union fighting to protect and advance jobs, pay and conditions for members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.