Liverpool dockers celebrate major victory with pay deal worth between 14.3% and 18.5%

Inflation-busting deal ends wave of Peel Ports strike action that began in September

11 Nov 2022| News

Liverpool dockers employed by Peel Ports have won pay hikes between 14 per cent and 18 per cent plus, according to job grades, after a deal was secured by Unite, the dockers’ union.

At a mass meeting held on Thursday at the docks, around 600 workers voted overwhelmingly in favour of the deal, which was negotiated earlier this week.

The dock workers will now resume normal work duties, ending a wave of escalating strike action that began on 19 September. The win involved the resolute strike action of Unite members but also the leverage of ‘strikes plus’.

Unite General Secretary Sharon Graham said:

“This is a highly significant victory for the Unite members on Liverpool docks. The determined resolve of our members on the picket line and Unite’s strikes-plus strategy has forced the company to see sense and do the right thing. Make no mistake – Unite will continue to fight for jobs, pay and conditions and defend workers relentlessly.”

The succesful outcome of the dispute, was in part due to two factors: Unite’s strategic approach, using the leverage attained by the close research carried out by the union into company finances, structures and power brokers, as well as an incredily well organised branch opreation on the ground.

Under the leadership of Sharon Graham, Unite’s General Secretary, the union has employed forensic accountants and economists to pour over complex and opaque company finances to hold firms to account. Leverage strategies implemented to identify and target hidden company decision makers have also become integral to fighting disputes.

During the last year, this has resulted in over 81 per cent of the more than 450 disputes being won, putting an extra £200 million into the pockets of workers.

Unite national officer Bobby Morton said:

“The hard work and solidarity of our members and reps at Peel Ports, combined with the union’s strategic tactics, has paid off. This victory is another reminder of why those who want to improve their pay and working lives should join Unite and become part of the fight for a better deal.”