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The UK's biggest 'box'-boat port which has had a long-running dispute has ended after workers accepted a pay offer following strike action that first began almost four months ago. 

According to the Port of Felixstowe, more than 90% of workers had voted to accept a pay deal of 8.5% plus £1,000 from 1 January 2023.

The breakthrough in the container port in Suffolk, south-east England, which handles global and feeder services, follows a backdated 7% and £500 lump sum deal for 2022.

In both of the increases this will mean workers' basic pay will have risen by 16.1% from 2021 to 2023, before the two additional payments are considered.

The port's CEO Robert Ashton, said: "We are pleased to have reached an agreement on the 2023 pay deal.

"This is the earliest we have concluded an annual pay review and it provides welcome certainty and stability at a time when our employees, like everyone else, are facing an increase in the cost of living."

The port located on the North Sea reports ITV News has seen several shut downs since late summer when members of the union UNITE went on strike over pay.

For further reading on the resolution of the dispute click here.

Published in Ports & Shipping