As an eight-day strike comes to a close without a resolution, dockers at the busiest container port in the UK believe additional industrial action may be forthcoming.
On Sunday night, 1,900 out of 2,550 employees in Felixstowe ended their strike over a wage offer of 7%.
The owner of the port deemed the compensation package, which also included a £500 one-time bonus payment, to be "quite fair."
If the corporation would not continue to engage, the union Unite threatened to set additional strike dates.
The compensation offer was "far below," according to Unite, the inflation rate.
According to the Office for National Statistics, the consumer price index (CPI) gauge of inflation was 10.1% in the 12 months leading up to July. The larger CPIH all goods index, which includes housing expenses for owner occupiers, was 13.6%.
Robert Morton, a national officer for Unite, stated at the beginning of the strike that the union had not made the employer's offer to its members, but claimed they had desired an improved salary offer that was at least "the rate of inflation" before doing that.
Miles Hubbard, a Unite spokesperson, said the following over the weekend: "In terms of our compensation claim, all the employer needs to do is approach us.
"They need just say they're willing to gather at the table without excluding or including anything.
If we can't reach an agreement, "We are more than ready to alert the corporation of additional days of strike action."
The port advised Unite to present its "quite fair" 7% offer to its members, along with a one-time £500 payment.
According to Port spokesman Paul Davey, if Unite attempts to escalate the situation further, it will harm the local economy more and cost our employees more money.
The strike "works extremely well for their national objective" because it tells other companies they shouldn't meddle with Unite.
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