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Port workers protest over lack of Liverpool loos-updated

[ January 13, 2017   //   ]

Dock workers staged a protest on 13 January over the lack of welfare facilities for workers and drivers visiting Peel Ports’ newly enlarged Liverpool Seaforth container terminal.
Members of the Unite union criticised the toilet facilities which it said were inadequate for the 350 workers at the site, the lack of hot food after 14:00 or at weekends, as well as no facilities for health, safety and workplace representatives – despite a previous agreement to provide them.
United added that there are no overflow truck parking facilities and that the nearest safe and legal parking area with public toilets is 20 miles away.
Unite regional officer Colin Carr said: “Peel Ports is investing millions on transforming the port of Liverpool – making Seaforth the ‘dock of the future’. Yet, although our members are contributing in making this a reality, behind closed doors the company is treating its dedicated workforce badly by having scant regard for their well-being and welfare at work.”
“This is more like a port of the past than a port of the future.”

A spokesman for Peel Ports said however that the company had “no record of any communications from Unite the Union on or around December 2016. Peel Ports takes full responsibility for the terminals which it operates. We invested £250,000 in refurbishing the amenities block on the container terminals for our third party contractors during 2015 which included toilets, showers and canteen facilities. There are haulier toilets available at customer services and refuelling facilities are currently being built on site. However, the hauliers using Regent Road and Dunningsbridge Road are delivering to our tenants and to terminals that we do not operate. In addition official truck stops offering the requested facilities are available in the area.”

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