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Portsmouth port workers vote for industrial action

Vital Portsmouth council services, which rely on the revenues from the port, could be hit by the ‘heavy-handed’ way the port’s management has treated its staff, Unite, the country’s largest union, claims.

The union says that customers will suffer if the management goes ahead with its plans to reduce staff costs by 10 per cent in the next few years as the city council relies heavily on the port’s revenues to maintain the authority’s services across the city.

Unite members at Portsmouth International Port have unanimously voted for industrial action in a dispute that ranges from security, health and safety, and plans that they say could see workers lose up to £1,300-a-year. The port employs about 100 workers.