UNITE activists protested at the Uniserve depot outside the Port of Tilbury today (Thursday 22 August) in the continuing union recognition dispute with the owners of the new prestige deep-sea container port in the Thames Estuary – the London Gateway.
Unite, the largest union in the country, were highlighting their fear that Tilbury could lose out to London Gateway whose owners, the Dubai-based DP World, “resolutely refuse” to recognise unions claims Unite.
Unite argues that far from creating jobs the London Gateway could suck business and jobs from other UK ports, while at the same time undermining pay, and terms and conditions of its workforce due to lack of union recognition.
Unite regional officer Jane Jeffery said: “The protest was aimed at highlighting the fact that London Gateway could drain employment and business away from other UK docks.
“Unite believes that the refusal to recognise the union at London Gateway will mean a race to the bottom in terms of employment conditions.
“And that it could also threaten the future viability of other container ports. That’s why we took our protest to Tilbury.”