Two of the UK’s biggest ports brace for overlapping strikes

Two of the UK’s largest ports are bracing for overlapping dockworker strikes later this month, threatening more disruptions to the nation’s trade flows as union members harden pay demands in the face of surging inflation.

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The engineering department and port operatives at the UK’s Port of Liverpool rejected their employer’s latest offer at a meeting Monday evening. The decision paves the way for a previously announced two-week strike starting Sept. 20 at the nation’s fourth-biggest gateway for shipping containers.

In a separate ballot, workers at Felixstowe voted down a pay deal imposed by management, setting the stage for a new round of industrial action at Britain’s busiest container port. That walkout is set to occur Sept. 27 to Oct. 5, and follows a previous strike in late August.

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