Essex

Harwich port workers announce strike dates

Union workers at Harwich International Port in Essex are to go on strike this week.

More than 100 members of the RMT union are taking industrial action over pay and conditions of service.

Port operatives and support staff will not work usual shifts or overtime for 24 hours from 1800 BST on Thursday, and on Tuesday 10 August.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said workers expected fair treatment and were "prepared to fight to get it".

"Our members at Harwich International Port were hit by a pay freeze last year and have been made a totally unacceptable offer this year," he said.

"They are not prepared to sit back and watch while their standards of living are eroded and have voted overwhelmingly for action."

A spokeswoman from Harwich International Port said: "Negotiations with the union are ongoing."

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