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Pickets descend on docks in car dispute

Strikers formed a picket line outside Sheerness docks on the Isle of Sheppey in a bid to disrupt imports of cars and vans from Germany.
Members of the Unite union are in dispute with importers GB Terminals over proposed changes to their pay and conditions.

Phil Silkstone of the Unite union
Pickets set up camp outside the docks before dawn on Wednesday on the first of a series of one-day strikes.
They are hoping to reduce the supply of new 2022-plate vehicles from the Volkswagen Group which includes Audi, Porsche, Skoda and Seat models.

More than 250,000 vehicles arrive into the UK through Sheerness every year on an average of three ships a week.
The union says the proposed changes will affect more than 50 staff at the Kent port and plans to hold 24-hour strikes every Wednesday in January escalating to 21 days of action in February and 20 days in March if no deal is reached.
 

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Wonderful. The latest in a long series of lunatic actions by Unite, the organisation with the most inappropriate name in the UK.

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Arthur Fox Aches. :rolleyes:
 
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Makes you want to vote labour, not.
 

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Oh, the irony!

I wonder if the strikers have thought that there might be some connection between British Trade Union activities in the 1960s and 1970s in the erstwhile British motor industry and the current reality that a large proportion of all new cars sold in this country have to be imported.

'Industrial action' must rank as one of the greatest oxymorons of all time.

(Edited to add 'Oh, the irony!).
 

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"Strikers" and "thought" are two words not often found in the same sentence.
 

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It's not like Sheerness is the only port in the UK handling cars from Germany...Unite have really thought this one through..
 

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The ship from Emden has to go by Immingham. That's a big enough port to handle car importation. I don't think that anyone making the decisions in Unite will ever become rocket scientists.
 
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You're right, for that they'd need opposable thumbs. :rolleyes:
 

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'Unite' "What's a rocket?"
 
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