Unite members working for Peel Ports in the Port of Liverpool Container Terminal have overwhelmingly voted to accept a historic pay deal that will see their pay rise by 10 per cent over the next three years in addition to vast improvements to their terms and conditions.

The deal follows 12 months of intense negotiations led by Unite shop stewards on behalf of the union’s 350 members at the port, and cements the end of agency labour within the port with dockworkers now employed directly by Port Authority Peel Ports.

The three year agreement sees a 4 per cent across the board pay increase for this year backdated to 1 June 2018, with further increases of 3 per cent for 2019 and 2020 in addition to work related and Christmas bonuses.

On work life balance, the deal represents a major step forward for dockworkers with the introduction of a five on, three off shift pattern, while offering an opportunity to those wanting to volunteer for extra shifts pay at the overtime rate.

From January 2019 everybody will get an extra day holiday until January 2021 while dockworkers on nights will receive shift pay. In addition to life assurance and improvements to sickness benefit, the deal also gives everyone the opportunity to join the Peel Ports’ pension scheme with the employer matching individual’s contributions up to 10 per cent by January 2021.

Unite regional officer Kenny Rowe said: “Unite is delighted to have secured this historic three year agreement that not only puts more money in the pockets of the Port of Liverpool’s Container Terminal dockworkers, but delivers vast improvements to work life balance and people’s terms and conditions.

“It is a groundbreaking deal that recognises the hard work of Liverpool’s Container Terminal dock workers and their commitment to ensure the port goes from strength to strength in the coming years.

“The three year pay deal demonstrates that it pays to be a member of Unite and what can be achieved when employers and trade unions work together.

“Unite looks forward to continuing to work positively with Peel Ports in delivering improvements for the workforce and securing the continued growth of the Port of Liverpool.”

Deputy chief operating officer for Peel Ports David Huck said: “We are delighted to have reached a three year agreement with Unite the union. Earlier this year Blue Arrow employees were TUPE transferred to Peel Ports and this marked the start of a staged transition process.

“This phase of improvement will deliver a better work-life balance for our employees, improved terms and conditions and greater access to Peel Ports benefits. Peel Ports has a longstanding and collaborative relationship with Unite the union and we remain committed to working in partnership.”


For more information please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 alex.flynn@unitetheunion.org

Notes to editors  

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.