INTERNATIONAL DOCKERS’ MOVEMENT CELEBRATES LIVERPOOL DOCKERS’ VICTORY
After a hard-fought struggle, dockers in Liverpool have won an industrial pay dispute against port operator Mersey Docks and Harbour Company Limited (MDHC).
Seven weeks ago, the Liverpool dockers downed tools and took to the picket line when their employer MDHC, which is owned by the UK’s second largest stevedore Peel Ports Group, refused to accept the workers’ claim for a pay increase in line with inflation – despite Peel making over £140 million in profit in the previous year.
Today the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) and the International Dockworkers Council (IDC) welcomed the Unite the Union dockers victory in Liverpool.
“This is a tremendous victory not only for Liverpool dockers, but for dockers and workers around the world,” said ITF President and Dockers’ Section chair Paddy Crumlin. “The courage and commitment of the Liverpool dockers to stand up and fight back against an employer that seemed to care more about their shareholders than their workers – during the worst cost of living crisis in recent history – will inspire workers everywhere to fight for pay justice and a decent standard of living,” he said.