Docks jobs moved to private sector

Contributed by editor on Jan 06, 2009 - 07:00 AM

Dover port workers who went on strike last year to try to save their
jobs from being moved to the private sector saw the first of a planned
190 jobs transferred yesterday.

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A spokeswoman for the Port of Dover said about 68
jobs were outsourced on Monday (5 January).

Several hundred port workers staged two strikes in November in protest
at the employers plans to transfer the jobs to the private sector, but a
third strike planned for December was called off following what were
described as "useful discussions" between the Unite union and the Dover
Harbour Board.

The transfer of the remaining 122 jobs are the subject of talks between Unite and the Harbour Board.

Mooring staff jobs are scheduled to be transferred on 1 February.