MEP Howitt: Union needs superport recognition

First published in News

THURROCK MEP Richard Howitt has backed calls for a trade union to be established at the new London Gateway port.

The superport In the Manorway, Stanford-Le-Hope, will open later this year and employ a 2,500- strong workforce.

However, port owner, Dubai-based DP World, has refused to recognise the union, according to Unite, which claims this could mean a “race to the bottom” in terms of employment conditions.

DP World said it wants to give employees a choice over if and what union they join.

But Mr Howitt does not believe safety of workers should be compromised because of the squabble.

He said: “I back the call for proper trade union recognition at the new Thames Gateway port.

“The unions are recognised at other deep water container ports, including Felixstowe/Harwich where health and safety for what can be dangerous work on the docks is paramount.

“The safety and welfare of workers cannot be compromised.”

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8:47am Sat 23 Feb 13

A Dermot says...

Wow an arab owned business giving their future employees the democratic right to choose which union they want to join.

While Stalinist Richard Howtwit wants to impose a union that is the biggest donor to the Labour party on future staff.
Wow an arab owned business giving their future employees the democratic right to choose which union they want to join. While Stalinist Richard Howtwit wants to impose a union that is the biggest donor to the Labour party on future staff. A Dermot
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11:41am Sat 23 Feb 13

ebagumtrebor says...

The unions and the Labour party want to cripple the place before it's even opened. The owners would do well to tell both to stick it where the sun don't shine.
The unions and the Labour party want to cripple the place before it's even opened. The owners would do well to tell both to stick it where the sun don't shine. ebagumtrebor
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4:34pm Sun 24 Feb 13

jackieboy says...

I have lived and worked in Dubai and witnessed first hand how badly the employers treat their employees, especially the ethnic minorities, so I totally agree with Richard Howitt!
I have lived and worked in Dubai and witnessed first hand how badly the employers treat their employees, especially the ethnic minorities, so I totally agree with Richard Howitt! jackieboy
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7:03am Mon 25 Feb 13

ebagumtrebor says...

That's Dubai. We have more than enough anti dscrimination laws in this country to cope with any situation that may be thrown at an employee. We also have a number of solicitors and lawyers willing to take up any discrimination case for free. The unions simply want power and money, as do the Labour party. Let them into the largest port in Europe and they will be holding the country to ransom as soon as they can. Hopefully the plant will be mostly staffed by British people so there won't be a problem with ethnic minorities. Or is that another union/Labour plan.
That's Dubai. We have more than enough anti dscrimination laws in this country to cope with any situation that may be thrown at an employee. We also have a number of solicitors and lawyers willing to take up any discrimination case for free. The unions simply want power and money, as do the Labour party. Let them into the largest port in Europe and they will be holding the country to ransom as soon as they can. Hopefully the plant will be mostly staffed by British people so there won't be a problem with ethnic minorities. Or is that another union/Labour plan. ebagumtrebor
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3:42pm Mon 25 Feb 13

PoorFleet says...

'DP World said it wants to give employees a choice over if and what union they join.'

UNITE do not appear to believe in the rights of the worker to choose who they want to represent them. What does that say about them?
'DP World said it wants to give employees a choice over if and what union they join.' UNITE do not appear to believe in the rights of the worker to choose who they want to represent them. What does that say about them? PoorFleet
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