Twenty four dockers working for SCA Logistics based at Tilbury Docks in Essex began an 11-day strike on Thursday of last week.
The strike is due to continue until 5.59am on Monday of next week.
The workers, who are in the Unite union, are fighting bosses’ attempts to drive down wages by introducing zero hours contracts. They are also concerned that the permanent workforce will be replaced by lower paid agency workers.
The workers struck for 48 hours at the end of last month but bosses refused to budge, so workers decided to escalate their action.
Workers on the picket line were angry and determined to fight. One striker told Socialist Worker, “This dispute is the first time workers for SCA Logistics have been out in nearly 50 years.”
The workers’ anger is fuelled by the fact that agency workers are being used by management in an attempt to break the strike.
Unite regional organiser Jane Jeffrey said, “If management is allowed to have its way, we will be turning the clock back 50 years to the bad old days when you had to rely on the tap on the shoulder to see if you had work for the day in the docks.”