Harbour dispute talks planned for Monday

Talks will be held on Monday in a bid to resolve the new contract dispute at Portsmouth International Port.

In a joint statement, Portsmouth City Council and Unite said: “After the union's overwhelming industrial action ballot in favour of strike action, officials from Unite and Portsmouth Port management met yesterday and have agreed to meet on Monday to commence negotiations to resolve the dispute.”

An overtime ban by the 18 quay assistants at the centre of the dispute is due to start at midnight on Monday until further notice unless the talks are fruitful.

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