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    southy wrote:
    loosehead wrote:
    I can't believe you FM2.
    we've all heard of Government money going to Liverpool to dredge the Mersey & how they're upgrading & expanding their container port.
    I've been on here constantly trying to defend Southampton Port jobs whilst your mate Southy has been singing Liverpools praise.
    No matter how you look at it this is suicidal if they strike wasn't it a short while ago they settled one dispute they had?
    If you want to see a dead docks go ahead & praise the strikers/Unions but I just wonder where Labour will find 1,500 jobs plus all the jobs that will be lost if the docks go down the pan?
    have we/unions not learnt there's no such thing as solidarity?
    ports will be queuing up to take on the work from the striking ports so come on get real not everything said against strikes is anti-union or union bashing but a sense of realism of todays world or is that to hard for you to grasp?
    Loose I have not been singing Liverpool praise, I was pointing out there is a EU transport plan. and it be the port directors and co greed that will kill this port off, Southampton Docks needs to make its mind up on what it will specialise in and make that work, trying to gab every kind of shipping there is will not work, they need to get there act together and decide on what they will spiecialise in before its to late and the EU decides for them.
    This strike if there is one will end up effecting all Freightliner stations nationally if the bosses don't come to the table and talk, they been refusing to talk about the problem and to get things sorted, they are dictating its there way or nothing, and that no longer works any more Linsey oil refinery strike proved that a few years ago.
    Southy you are misinderstanding the point and purpose of EU strategy in transport and ports in particular. Port strategy is about directing investment to ensure that the flow of goods across Europe is not impeded by a single bottleneck in a single location which would inhibit fair and free competition - it is not about the specific dictat of deciding which ports will live and which will not. The EU would not block any expansion of Southampton on purely commercial grounds, and Southampton as far as I know is not even looking for EU grants in this respect but like any business is constantly looking for opportunities for growth. Your suggestion of specialisation in one commodity is a recipe for disaster and no port does that of it can afford to diversify. What do you think is going to happen to great single commodity ports like Hunterston when the demand for coal fired power stations dries up? Your constant labelling of any form of leadership, ambition or enterprise as "greed" is misleading, disingenuous and innacurate. Is Bob Crow greedy for wanting to lead the RMT and get a big fat salary (don;t answer that)! I should also point out that investment and expansion of Southampton is not decided by Port directors (sic) but is a central corporate strategy of DBP as a whole . Port directors are operational managers, not strategic planners. If our councillors were any good at their tasks they would be striving to get as much investment into the area as possible, not turning it away. and yes that does include Dibden Bay."
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Strike ballot held for Southampton port freight workers

Southampton port freight workers balloted for strike action

Southampton port freight workers balloted for strike action

First published in Southampton

TRANSPORT union members are to be balloted for strike action at Southampton port's main rail freight operator in a year long dispute over rosters and restructuring.

RMT union General Secretary Bob Crow said last night he was confident they would return a “massive yes vote” for industrial action at the depot in the city docks.

The ballot will open May 16 and close on May 30.

Freightliner has an 80 per cent market share of container rail freight at Southampton, transporting more than 1,000 containers out of the docks every day that would otherwise be taken by lorry.

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