Tilbury dock workers hold 24-hour strike over contracts

A 24-hour strike is under way by a number of workers at an Essex dock.

Forty-five employees at the Port of Tilbury's Enterprise Distribution Centre (EDC) began action at 22:00 BST on Monday.

Members of the Unite union are in dispute with the port's management over new contracts, which it claimed could lose workers about £2,500 each year.

A Port of Tilbury spokesman said the strike would have "no impact on other operations or businesses at the port".

EDC deals with the unloading and distribution of paper reels.

Unite said this was the first strike by dockers at Tilbury since 1989.

Regional officer Jane Jeffery said there had been "complete lack of negotiation and consultation" over the new contracts.

The Port of Tilbury said it was "disappointed" the strike had been called following "detailed discussions" with the workforce.

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