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Fresh protest against no union at superport
2:50pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
UNION members have protested again against the London Gateway superport as they bid to get representation at the new billion pound deep-sea development.
Unite activists demonstrated at the Uniserve depot outside the Port of Tilbury last Tuesday after owners at the new port failed to reach an agreement with Unite over whether workers should be given union representation.
Flags were waved and horns were blown as around 30 activists showed their intentions.
Uniserve is the largest British privately owned international freight and logistics company in the UK and has confirmed that it is hoping to be part of the London Gateway.
Unite argues that far from creating jobs, London Gateway could suck business and jobs from other UK ports, while at the same time undermining pay, and terms and conditions of its workforce.
Unite regional officer Jane Jeffery said: “The protest is aimed at highlighting the fact that London Gateway could drain employment and business away from other UK docks. Unite believes the refusal to recognise the union at London Gateway will mean a race to the bottom in terms of employment conditions.
“It could also threaten the future viability of other container ports.”
Claridon, a logistics company based in Stanford-le-Hope, is the latest company to announce it will be using the port, meaning it won’t have to travel to Felixstowe to ship loads.
But the deep-sea port is the only major dock in the country that does not have worker representation.
A London gateway spokesman said: “DP World London Gateway fully respects the legal right and free choice that all London Gateway employees have to belong to any union (including Unite).
“Likewise, if a majority of our people wished to be recognised, we would respect their wishes and enter into further discussion with the relevant union. We have met Unite four times in the past 12 months and made this point on each occasion.”
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