Dockers strike again over zero-hour contracts

Tilbury docks, where Swedish company SCA Logistics has its UK base

Tilbury docks, where Swedish company SCA Logistics has its UK base

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DOCKERS at the Port of Tilbury have gone on strike for the second time in the space of a week over attempts to introduce zero-hour contracts.

The 11-day strike began yesterday morning over fears the 24-strong workforce at Swedish firm SCA Logistics would be replaced by lower paid agency or casual workers if the zero-hour contracts are introduced.

The workers, represented by Unite the Union, went on a 48-strike as recently as May 27 in opposition to plans but say the firm’s unchanged position has left them no choice but to strike again.

Jane Jeffrey, Unite regional officer, said: “The hardline management of the Swedish-owned SCA Logistics has not moved since the 48-hour strike last month and our members have no choice, but to take this 11-day action to bring the management to the negotiating table. “Unite will strongly resist the very real threat of the workforce at this company becoming 100 per cent employed on zero hours contracts. Already the use of agency workers on zero hour contracts is on the increase.

“If management is allowed to have its way, we will be turning the clock back 50 years to the bad old days when you had to rely on the tap on the shoulder to see if you had work for the day in the docks.

“Wages could drop substantially, while the cost of living continues to rise.”

She added the union believed management was committed to prolonging the dispute in order to break a collective agreement with Unite.

SCA Logistics refused to comment on the strike action.

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4:19pm Thu 5 Jun 14

leslog says...

this is turning the clock back ,even more so inthe old days men reported for work and were picked out for work that day ,or got a basic pay stamp on the pool of labour,this was before most had mortgages ,just rented housing how can the present day man rely on zero hour contracts ,this is most certainly something to strike over and seek help from other unions
this is turning the clock back ,even more so inthe old days men reported for work and were picked out for work that day ,or got a basic pay stamp on the pool of labour,this was before most had mortgages ,just rented housing how can the present day man rely on zero hour contracts ,this is most certainly something to strike over and seek help from other unions leslog
  • Score: 37

4:26pm Thu 5 Jun 14

shallotman says...

Almost back to the day's when men shaped for work in the pound.
Almost back to the day's when men shaped for work in the pound. shallotman
  • Score: 4

4:39pm Thu 5 Jun 14

the25man says...

leslog wrote:
this is turning the clock back ,even more so inthe old days men reported for work and were picked out for work that day ,or got a basic pay stamp on the pool of labour,this was before most had mortgages ,just rented housing how can the present day man rely on zero hour contracts ,this is most certainly something to strike over and seek help from other unions
I couldn't agree more with you on this.
Unfortunately with so many out of work people around the Union won't win
[quote][p][bold]leslog[/bold] wrote: this is turning the clock back ,even more so inthe old days men reported for work and were picked out for work that day ,or got a basic pay stamp on the pool of labour,this was before most had mortgages ,just rented housing how can the present day man rely on zero hour contracts ,this is most certainly something to strike over and seek help from other unions[/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more with you on this. Unfortunately with so many out of work people around the Union won't win the25man
  • Score: -3

5:23pm Thu 5 Jun 14

DonaldUnpleasance says...

Zero hours contracts? Worse than bomping on.
Zero hours contracts? Worse than bomping on. DonaldUnpleasance
  • Score: 2

5:54pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

What on earth ,makes people think they should be paid for doing nothing ?
What on earth ,makes people think they should be paid for doing nothing ? Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -12

5:56pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Devils Advocate says...

It will be hard. It was hard in the early 1960's when they had to fight it. This should never be strike action, it should be the right of all honest men. If beaten, the industries they moved abroad will be re-opened in this country and we will get our kids to earn money by sorting through the rubbish tips. Nobody wants Labour in power apparently, but this is the alternative. And, this is only the start. Next come the middle classes!
It will be hard. It was hard in the early 1960's when they had to fight it. This should never be strike action, it should be the right of all honest men. If beaten, the industries they moved abroad will be re-opened in this country and we will get our kids to earn money by sorting through the rubbish tips. Nobody wants Labour in power apparently, but this is the alternative. And, this is only the start. Next come the middle classes! Devils Advocate
  • Score: 4

6:29pm Thu 5 Jun 14

ThisYear says...

"With a hell of a shout its out brothers out"
"With a hell of a shout its out brothers out" ThisYear
  • Score: -1

6:35pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

ThisYear wrote:
"With a hell of a shout its out brothers out"
Wanna go on Strike, Lose yer Job and get on yer Bike
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: "With a hell of a shout its out brothers out"[/p][/quote]Wanna go on Strike, Lose yer Job and get on yer Bike Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -1

6:40pm Thu 5 Jun 14

CarnMountification says...

Another reason to leave the Tilbury docks, and use D/P World
Another reason to leave the Tilbury docks, and use D/P World CarnMountification
  • Score: 3

6:52pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

I've been on a zero hours contract for 30 years
I have no problem with it! And all builders are on zero hours. What's the problem. All their doing is sealing the fate of the Docks. Well done!!!
Also ..... When they go to check their pensions. The firm will collapse
Ps. Most builders don't have a company paid pension
I've been on a zero hours contract for 30 years I have no problem with it! And all builders are on zero hours. What's the problem. All their doing is sealing the fate of the Docks. Well done!!! Also ..... When they go to check their pensions. The firm will collapse Ps. Most builders don't have a company paid pension Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -2

7:24pm Thu 5 Jun 14

sesibollox says...

So this lot are going to down tools, well the shipping companies, and the haulage firms will share this wonderful news, Tilbury is already losing custom, this will add to the death knell, of this one great port.
So this lot are going to down tools, well the shipping companies, and the haulage firms will share this wonderful news, Tilbury is already losing custom, this will add to the death knell, of this one great port. sesibollox
  • Score: -1

7:27pm Thu 5 Jun 14

whateverhappened says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
I've been on a zero hours contract for 30 years I have no problem with it! And all builders are on zero hours. What's the problem. All their doing is sealing the fate of the Docks. Well done!!! Also ..... When they go to check their pensions. The firm will collapse Ps. Most builders don't have a company paid pension
Ps. Most builders don't have a company paid pension

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no most have the wifes account which handles the cash in hand work which makes up 60% of buliders income.. anyway a bulider on zero hours..about right watching them work bring on the poles, the ones i use seem to work 25 hours a day
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: I've been on a zero hours contract for 30 years I have no problem with it! And all builders are on zero hours. What's the problem. All their doing is sealing the fate of the Docks. Well done!!! Also ..... When they go to check their pensions. The firm will collapse Ps. Most builders don't have a company paid pension[/p][/quote]Ps. Most builders don't have a company paid pension . . no most have the wifes account which handles the cash in hand work which makes up 60% of buliders income.. anyway a bulider on zero hours..about right watching them work bring on the poles, the ones i use seem to work 25 hours a day whateverhappened
  • Score: 4

7:44pm Thu 5 Jun 14

leslog says...

the25man wrote:
leslog wrote:
this is turning the clock back ,even more so inthe old days men reported for work and were picked out for work that day ,or got a basic pay stamp on the pool of labour,this was before most had mortgages ,just rented housing how can the present day man rely on zero hour contracts ,this is most certainly something to strike over and seek help from other unions
I couldn't agree more with you on this.
Unfortunately with so many out of work people around the Union won't win
this is something the men cannot afford to lose,and the labour party back in power would ban these these zero hour contracts ,so all will be on a level playing field
[quote][p][bold]the25man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]leslog[/bold] wrote: this is turning the clock back ,even more so inthe old days men reported for work and were picked out for work that day ,or got a basic pay stamp on the pool of labour,this was before most had mortgages ,just rented housing how can the present day man rely on zero hour contracts ,this is most certainly something to strike over and seek help from other unions[/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more with you on this. Unfortunately with so many out of work people around the Union won't win[/p][/quote]this is something the men cannot afford to lose,and the labour party back in power would ban these these zero hour contracts ,so all will be on a level playing field leslog
  • Score: -2

11:18pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

whateverhappened wrote:
Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
I've been on a zero hours contract for 30 years I have no problem with it! And all builders are on zero hours. What's the problem. All their doing is sealing the fate of the Docks. Well done!!! Also ..... When they go to check their pensions. The firm will collapse Ps. Most builders don't have a company paid pension
Ps. Most builders don't have a company paid pension

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no most have the wifes account which handles the cash in hand work which makes up 60% of buliders income.. anyway a bulider on zero hours..about right watching them work bring on the poles, the ones i use seem to work 25 hours a day
Your misguided !
[quote][p][bold]whateverhappened[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: I've been on a zero hours contract for 30 years I have no problem with it! And all builders are on zero hours. What's the problem. All their doing is sealing the fate of the Docks. Well done!!! Also ..... When they go to check their pensions. The firm will collapse Ps. Most builders don't have a company paid pension[/p][/quote]Ps. Most builders don't have a company paid pension . . no most have the wifes account which handles the cash in hand work which makes up 60% of buliders income.. anyway a bulider on zero hours..about right watching them work bring on the poles, the ones i use seem to work 25 hours a day[/p][/quote]Your misguided ! Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -3

10:15am Fri 6 Jun 14

OckendonPaul says...

I thought this all ended with the national dock labour scheme.
I remember my Dads' stories of the blokes who bought the foreman a pint the previous night getting a days work, while the rest went home to their families with nothing. 50 years of civilization thrown out overnight...
Labour used to be the party of the workers but have deserted us in favour of the foreign poor, to whom the metropolitan elite leadership seem to be in thrall.
We're on our own...
I thought this all ended with the national dock labour scheme. I remember my Dads' stories of the blokes who bought the foreman a pint the previous night getting a days work, while the rest went home to their families with nothing. 50 years of civilization thrown out overnight... Labour used to be the party of the workers but have deserted us in favour of the foreign poor, to whom the metropolitan elite leadership seem to be in thrall. We're on our own... OckendonPaul
  • Score: 5

12:40pm Fri 6 Jun 14

whateverhappened says...

OckendonPaul wrote:
I thought this all ended with the national dock labour scheme. I remember my Dads' stories of the blokes who bought the foreman a pint the previous night getting a days work, while the rest went home to their families with nothing. 50 years of civilization thrown out overnight... Labour used to be the party of the workers but have deserted us in favour of the foreign poor, to whom the metropolitan elite leadership seem to be in thrall. We're on our own...
Quite right, wait until dutch weather girls, spainish news readers or bulgarian presenters start turning up at the BBC or italian politicians at westminster all offering to work for less or longer ..then these insulated type might take notice.
[quote][p][bold]OckendonPaul[/bold] wrote: I thought this all ended with the national dock labour scheme. I remember my Dads' stories of the blokes who bought the foreman a pint the previous night getting a days work, while the rest went home to their families with nothing. 50 years of civilization thrown out overnight... Labour used to be the party of the workers but have deserted us in favour of the foreign poor, to whom the metropolitan elite leadership seem to be in thrall. We're on our own...[/p][/quote]Quite right, wait until dutch weather girls, spainish news readers or bulgarian presenters start turning up at the BBC or italian politicians at westminster all offering to work for less or longer ..then these insulated type might take notice. whateverhappened
  • Score: 6

6:43pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Devils Advocate says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
I've been on a zero hours contract for 30 years
I have no problem with it! And all builders are on zero hours. What's the problem. All their doing is sealing the fate of the Docks. Well done!!!
Also ..... When they go to check their pensions. The firm will collapse
Ps. Most builders don't have a company paid pension
I don't know of any working class work group that gets a company paid pension. Do you?
I know of many pension schemes that the firm contributes towards the pension of each member of the scheme but, being as the company legally uses the capital for its own interest (since the test case between National Power was scored in their favour, this is a colossal amount of money) but please, don't think that working class people are civil servants with a safe pension, your way of the mark there, and even further off when you think about the difference between PAYE and self-declared tax returns!!
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: I've been on a zero hours contract for 30 years I have no problem with it! And all builders are on zero hours. What's the problem. All their doing is sealing the fate of the Docks. Well done!!! Also ..... When they go to check their pensions. The firm will collapse Ps. Most builders don't have a company paid pension[/p][/quote]I don't know of any working class work group that gets a company paid pension. Do you? I know of many pension schemes that the firm contributes towards the pension of each member of the scheme but, being as the company legally uses the capital for its own interest (since the test case between National Power was scored in their favour, this is a colossal amount of money) but please, don't think that working class people are civil servants with a safe pension, your way of the mark there, and even further off when you think about the difference between PAYE and self-declared tax returns!! Devils Advocate
  • Score: 1

8:23am Sun 8 Jun 14

ebagumtrebor says...

Everyone knows the reason why more and more people will be moved onto zero hours contracts. Companies don't even have to hire in this country any more. They have a never ending supply of cheap labour from failed economies around the world. Everyone knows what needs to be done to stop it. Unfortunately UNITE backs a party that was responsible for this situation coming about and the people that give money to them have more or less signed their own death warrant. You won't stop zero hours contracts until you stop mass immigration. Interestingly, 67 Labour MP's have hired people on zero hours contracts. Tells you all you need to know.
Everyone knows the reason why more and more people will be moved onto zero hours contracts. Companies don't even have to hire in this country any more. They have a never ending supply of cheap labour from failed economies around the world. Everyone knows what needs to be done to stop it. Unfortunately UNITE backs a party that was responsible for this situation coming about and the people that give money to them have more or less signed their own death warrant. You won't stop zero hours contracts until you stop mass immigration. Interestingly, 67 Labour MP's have hired people on zero hours contracts. Tells you all you need to know. ebagumtrebor
  • Score: 2

5:06pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Devils Advocate says...

ebagumtrebor wrote:
Everyone knows the reason why more and more people will be moved onto zero hours contracts. Companies don't even have to hire in this country any more. They have a never ending supply of cheap labour from failed economies around the world. Everyone knows what needs to be done to stop it. Unfortunately UNITE backs a party that was responsible for this situation coming about and the people that give money to them have more or less signed their own death warrant. You won't stop zero hours contracts until you stop mass immigration. Interestingly, 67 Labour MP's have hired people on zero hours contracts. Tells you all you need to know.
To be honest, if we never had the Labour Party we would still be working for our roof and our jam sandwich. I know the recent Labour Party did not meet the demands of working folk but, sadly, nor does any other. When it was only two Parties in contest, parliament was a gentleman's smoking club. Remember too, working people did not have the vote until long after the first world war. For the last 30 years the right-wing of the Tory party have been trying to move the goalposts so that big business and wealthy landowners run the country by a so-called democratic vote. The real solution would be to bring working people into the political arena, but who in this country would tolerate that?
[quote][p][bold]ebagumtrebor[/bold] wrote: Everyone knows the reason why more and more people will be moved onto zero hours contracts. Companies don't even have to hire in this country any more. They have a never ending supply of cheap labour from failed economies around the world. Everyone knows what needs to be done to stop it. Unfortunately UNITE backs a party that was responsible for this situation coming about and the people that give money to them have more or less signed their own death warrant. You won't stop zero hours contracts until you stop mass immigration. Interestingly, 67 Labour MP's have hired people on zero hours contracts. Tells you all you need to know.[/p][/quote]To be honest, if we never had the Labour Party we would still be working for our roof and our jam sandwich. I know the recent Labour Party did not meet the demands of working folk but, sadly, nor does any other. When it was only two Parties in contest, parliament was a gentleman's smoking club. Remember too, working people did not have the vote until long after the first world war. For the last 30 years the right-wing of the Tory party have been trying to move the goalposts so that big business and wealthy landowners run the country by a so-called democratic vote. The real solution would be to bring working people into the political arena, but who in this country would tolerate that? Devils Advocate
  • Score: 1

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