Lorry drivers and dock workers have protested at the Port of Liverpool over the lack of adequate facilities provided by the Peel Ports owned site.
The labour Union Unite reported that over 100 workers gathered outside the terminal to protest over the poor conditions at the port on January 13. Issues were surrounding the basic right to have access to clean toilets, rest areas and canteen facilities.
Unite regional officer Colin Carr said: “Peel Ports is investing millions of pounds on transforming the port of Liverpool – making Seaforth the ‘dock of the future’. Yet, although our members are contributing in making this a reality, behind closed doors the company is treating its dedicated workforce badly by having scant regard for their wellbeing and welfare at work.”
Carr also described the working conditions as “intolerable”.
He added: “This is more like a port of the past than a port of the future.”
This protest comes after Peel Ports opened the new USD $492 (£400) million Liverpool2 terminal just last November (2016).
In response to the allegations, Peel Ports said that hauliers accessing the Port of Liverpool have full use of the customer service toilets on Container Terminals 1 and 2, which it is solely responsible for.
With regards to the toilet and catering facilities for dockworkers, the operator said: “We do take the comfort of our staff and visitors seriously which is evidenced by our £250,000 investment in upgrading the customer service facilities which are available to dock workers on the Container Terminals.”