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As the UK‘s port of Felixstowe prepares itself for the first industrial action for nearly two decades, the company’s chief executive, Clemence Cheng, has urged workers to reconsider plans for a wider strike. While engineers at the port have voted for two days of strikes over Christmas, the Unite union has announced it plans to ballot its 1,800 members at Felixstowe for more action over the port’s outsourcing strategy. However, in a letter to workers, seen by the East Anglian Daily Times, Mr Cheng argues that a strike would simply hand business to Felixstowe’s competitors. “Any vote in favour of action risks more serious consequences for the business, for your personal earnings and for jobs. We have seen other ports crippled by industrial action in the past and which have not fully recovered to this day.”

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