Monday, 30 March 2009

DP World confirms Southampton Container Terminal job losses

UP TO 63 docker jobs could be at risk at DP World-owned Southampton Container Terminal, the company has confirmed, citing the global economic downturn as the reason for the redundancies.
The move makes SCT the first major British port to go public on job losses as a result of the crisis. However, a senior industry source - who did not wish to be identified - said that to his certain knowledge, other ports will shortly be following suit.
Container volumes at Southampton are down by at least 10%, according to local newspaper reports.
A representative of the Unite trade union in Southampton accused DP World of favouring the use of contract labour over its own workforce, and added that industrial action over the issue may be considered.

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