A Unite organising campaign has achieved full trade union recognition for workers at C.RO Ports in North Killingholme, Lincolnshire, which handles products for a number of well-known companies in the UK.

Last year the majority of the port operatives joined the union. Positive discussions between management and Unite led to a deal giving over 125 workers at the cargo port the right to be represented by the union. With the assistance of the Unite organising department, the deal has now been extended to include freight workers at the Port.

Unite regional officer Mike Wilkinson said: “It’s great news that workers across the Port now have Unite on their side. With Brexit looming, changes could have a direct impact on working practices. Now that Unite is the recognised union for freight and port operatives we look forward to giving the operatives the best and most professional collective representation going forward.”

C.RO Ports Killingholme is part of a larger group of roll-on roll-off shipping services and ports offering stevedoring services at a number of locations around Europe.  The freight workers oversee  cargo that enters the port. There are 25 sailings a week, with workers processing over 2000 gate passes in a single day.


Unite is a union that campaigns for and delivers better pay and conditions for its members. Unite is winning at work based on three core values. Secure Work: fighting for jobs and job security, Strong Voice: a union which is a respected voice at work and Decent Pay: a union focused on pay and conditions.

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