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Dockers Strike in Liverpool Set to Threaten Deliveries to Ireland

20th September 2022
Dockers strike: Heavy machinery, DIY materials and Halloween decorations could be affected as 560 workers walk out of the Port of Liverpool which is a key hub for goods coming from Asia and the US. The port of Liverpool (Peel Ports Group) operates two major container terminals in the city as well as a concession in Dublin, AFLOAT adds Marine Terminals Ltd (MTL) located in Ringsend.
Dockers strike: Heavy machinery, DIY materials and Halloween decorations could be affected as 560 workers walk out of the Port of Liverpool which is a key hub for goods coming from Asia and the US. The port of Liverpool (Peel Ports Group) operates two major container terminals in the city as well as a concession in Dublin, AFLOAT adds Marine Terminals Ltd (MTL) located in Ringsend. Credit: Peel Ports / facebook

Halloween decorations, DIY materials and heavy machinery deliveries bound for Ireland could face delays as a two-week dockers’ strike at the port of Liverpool gets underway.

At least 560 workers were due to walk out of the port last night in a dispute over pay, according to the Unite trade union, just hours after Queen Elizabeth’s funeral and the end of a 10-day national mourning period.

The strike will affect the Port of Liverpool’s container division until October 3, although other operations – cruises, trailer traffic and bulk cargo – will be unaffected, the port said in a statement.

Although Liverpool does not handle time-sensitive food or other perishable goods bound for Ireland, it is a hub for goods coming in via container ship from Asia and the United States including goods destined for Irish retailers.

“Any disruption in England has a knock-on impact for Ireland,” said Aidan Flynn, chief executive of the Freight Transport Association of Ireland. “It’s like a concertina effect. Things get squeezed.” 

Independent.ie has more here on the strike on Merseyside. 

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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