Strike wave in UK
Railways, telecommunications, docks, postal services, lawyers… Unions in many industries in the UK recently announced workers’ strikes.
Liverpool, the UK’s second largest container port, has begun two weeks of strike action from September 19 until October 3.
It should be noted that the strike at the Port of Liverpool is expected to coincide with another round of strike action at the Port of Felixstowe, the country’s largest container port, where workers will stop work for eight days starting on September 27.
In addition, British railway workers will also go on strike.
It is understood that the British Railway, Maritime and Transport Workers’ Union (RMT) has determined that 40,000 employees from Network Rail and 15 train operating companies will go on strike on October 8. Previously, the RMT had planned a strike on October 1.
Meanwhile, the Aslef union said it would strike from October 1 to October 5, while the Transport Salaried Employees Association (TSSA) will strike on October 1.
In August, UK inflation reached 9.9%, down from 10.1% in July but still at historically high levels. The railway strike will not only affect passenger travel, but also cause certain obstacles to cargo transportation, further exacerbating the risk of inflation.
In addition to the railway strike, bus drivers, fire unions, doctors’ groups, etc. are also planning a new round of strikes. The suspension of these services will cause greater harm to Britain’s already precarious economy.
Shipping company issues notice to adjust sailing schedule
Recently, Maersk Line issued an early warning and updated emergency measures to deal with the strike at Felixstowe Port, including changing the fleet lineup and adjusting shipping schedules.
In order to maximize the use of available labor before and after the strike, some ship ETAs have been brought forward or delayed, omitted. See below for the latest details:
In addition, as there is no labor available for working ships, COSCO Shipping will reschedule ships and modify sailing schedules. Please check the following ship schedule adjustments (subject to change) and pay close attention to the notice:
We would like to remind cargo owners and forwarders who have recently shipped goods to the UK to maintain communication with the shipping companies and be sure to pay close attention to the delays and impact of the strike on cargo transportation to avoid unnecessary losses!