Dockers at Grangemouth walked out at midnight on Tuesday for two weeks in a dispute over changes to shift patterns. And guess who joined them on the picket line? Unite convenor Adi Higgs told us more:
“The dockers are going to be out for two weeks because they haven’t been left with any other choice. Strike action wasn’t taken easily but the way people’s shift patterns are being changed – without decent consultation or any regard for the impact it’s going to have on people’s home lives – it’s just not on.
“Out on the picket line we haven’t just got the striking dockers. We’ve got workers from other sectors across the Grangemouth hub and from other UK hubs like the Humber where people who do different jobs are backing each other up and recognising that we’ve got strength in numbers and in being united.
“We expect this strike to make a big impression of course. Grangemouth (port) is a major hub. We handle thousands of containers a week – a huge amount of Scotland’s imports and exports – these people have important jobs and it’s time their employers recognised that and treated them with the respect they deserve.”