Workers at the busy port of Dover are to strike in a row over the outsourcing of their jobs, it has been announced.
Travellers using the service will be reaching for their travel insurance to check that it covers strike action in case ferry crossings are cancelled or disrupted.
Hundreds of workers, including security staff, at the port went on strike for two days last week, although the Dover Harbour Board drafted in managers to do their work and said ferry crossings had not been affected.
The union Unite said its members at Dover will begin a three-day walkout at 7am on Thursday as part of a campaign to keep their work in-house.
Unite official Jane Jeffery said: "The workers are angry that the company has done nothing to help resolve the situation and now feel they have no choice but to take strike action to defend their livelihoods."
Unite national officer Brendan Gold added: "Dover Port management have forgotten the huge contribution our members make to run the port efficiently. To outsource port security at a time when security is of vital importance is negligent in the extreme."
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