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Unions keep up pressure on London Gateway bosses

[ July 11, 2013   //   ]

Global dockworkers said they would step up their campaign against Dubai-based port operator DP World, when they met in Chicago on 8-9 July. They resolved to organise “a global campaign highlighting the need for DPW to engage with unions over trade union rights/representation in a number of countries,” particularly at the new London Gateway terminal due to open later this year.

Steve Biggs from the UK union, Unite said: “What we’re seeing at London Gateway is a rejection of the workers’ choice. This is not the way we expect, or can allow, an employer to behave in the 21st century.”

A resolution agreed at the meeting stated that DPW was “engaging in anti-union behaviour, including refusing to enter into meaningful negotiations with UNITE and refusing to sign a collective agreement to cover workers presently being hired at its new London Gateway Terminal. It also declared London Gateway as “a port of convenience, and that it would be a priority target for the campaign.

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