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Tilbury dockers walk out on strike

by Stuart Curlett
Issue No. 2304

On the picket line at the Tilbury docks  (Pic: Stuart Curlett)

On the picket line at the Tilbury docks (Pic: Stuart Curlett)

Some 45 dockers at the Port of Tilbury in Essex began a 48-hour strike against attacks on their contracts on Monday of this week.

It was the second strike in a month in a dispute at the port’s Enterprise Distribution Centre, which deals with the unloading and distribution of paper reels.

The workers are members of the Unite union. They could lose over £2,600 a year each in overtime payments if new “follow the ship” contracts are brought in.

“Everyone’s determined and positive,” one picket told Socialist Worker. “We’re not going down without a fight.”

The workers are trying to make contact with fellow dockers overseas who can help escalate the dispute internationally. They have already received positive responses from Belgium, Sweden, Denmark and Spain.

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Tue 22 May 2012, 17:25 BST
Issue No. 2304
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