Hundreds of dock workers will launch a two-week strike tonight as a temporary ceasefire following the death of the Queen comes to an end.
Members of Unite at the Port of Liverpool will walk out after rejecting a below-inflation pay offer.
The Peel Ports Group, which operates the port, said workers had dismissed the 8.3 per cent pay rise, enhanced with a one-off payment of £750.
Unite said it was a real-terms pay cut because of the soaring rate of inflation and argued that the port’s owners could afford a higher increase.
The strike seems a resumption of industrial action over pay as the cost of living increases. Strikes including action on the railways and at Royal Mail was postponed following the death of Elizabeth II.
But unions are set to go ahead with action now that her funeral has taken place. Last week figures showed the rate of Consumer Prices Index inflation fell to 9.9 per cent in August, from 10.1 per cent in July.
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