Strike action at the port of Liverpool has ended after a pay deal of 9% was struck with the Unite union.

The port said an agreement had also been reached to implement a new pay structure for port operators and this, along with an increase to the night shift allowance, enhanced the deal by an additional 0.2 - 4.5%.

Peel Ports’ COO David Huck said: “We are delighted to have closed the pay deal with Unite the union and look forward to continuing to work in partnership with focus on the future.

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“We thank our key customers across the supply chain for their support and patience during a challenging period for them, as well as our employees and the wider business.

“We have invested £1.2bn over the last decade, helping Liverpool to proudly reclaim its position as one of the UK’s most important port operations and the busiest transatlantic port in Britain,” he added.

Unite national officer Bobby Morton said: “The hard work and solidarity of our members and reps at Peel Ports, combined with the union’s strategic tactics, has paid off.”

Disruption at the port began in September after Unite rejected a 7% pay deal and launched a series of strikes.