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Dockers strike in overtime row
2:51pm Tuesday 8th May 2012 in News
DOCKERS in Tilbury mounted their first strike for 23 years today in a row about overtime.
Around 45 dockers from the Enterprise Distribution Centre went on a 24 hour strike, with many picketing outside the main gates of the port of Tilbury.
The dispute centres around the port’s introduction of “follow the ship” contracts, meaning dockers will work when the ships are ready for unloading, and not set shift patterns.
The move will see many workers at EDC, which deals with the unloading and distribution of paper reels, loose between £2,500 and £5,000 a year in overtime.
A spokesman for the Port of Tilbury, which employs 3,500 people, said: "EDC customers have been kept fully informed and are aware that there will be no impact on their operations.
"Management at The Port of Tilbury are disappointed that Unite have decided to escalate this matter in this way despite detailed discussions held with the EDC workforce."