Dover Harbour Board delays jobs outsourcing

Contributed by editor on Feb 01, 2009 - 12:00 AM

Plans to outsource more than 100 quayside jobs at Dover to the
private sector have been put on hold.

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The Harbour Board confirmed it had delayed the transfer of mooring
staff, which was set Sunday, until 1 April.

The first 68 of 190 jobs transferred from Dover Harbour Board to Group
Four Security earlier this month despite workers striking last November.

There have been extensive talks between the board and the union Unite
since industrial action ended late last year.

Several hundred port workers staged two sets of strikes in November in
protest at plans to transfer the jobs to the private sector.