Disruption due as Portsmouth port workers go on strike

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DISRUPTIONS are expected to hit traffic at Portsmouth’s international port when staff stage a four-day strike in a dispute over staffing levels.

The Unite union says 15 quay assistants will strike at the Portsmouth City Council-owned port from 3pm on Sunday until 2.40pm on Wednesday.

Unite says the strike follows repeated efforts to resolve a number of ongoing issues relating to reduced staffing levels, annual leave and call-out arrangements.

The union’s city council convenor Richard White said: ‘Management at the port have clearly reneged on agreements made with staff last year that detailed the levels of staff working on the quay side.

‘It has also proceeded to impose a leave system without consultation that makes it increasingly difficult for our members to take a break away from their physically demanding jobs.’