Strike over workforce issues is ‘wrong’

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THE deputy leader of Portsmouth City Council has condemned strike action being held by port workers.

The Unite union has revealed 15 quay assistants will strike at Portsmouth’s international port from Sunday until Wednesday in a row over low workforce numbers.

Unite regional officer Ian Woodland believes there is no financial reason to maintain ‘unsustainably low staffing levels’ given the council-owned port is due to pocket £463,000 this year.

But Councillor Luke Stubbs argues cash made goes towards helping vulnerable people.

‘At a time of huge spending reductions, no part of the council is going to take on staff that it does not need and that includes the port,’ he said.

‘The surplus that is made goes to pay for care homes and looking after vulnerable children. Making money to spend on looking after the elderly is not greedy.

‘This strike is wrong.’

A port spokeswoman said bosses are talking with the union to try and prevent industrial action.