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Union warns of danger to bigger boxships carriers plan to send into new Panama Canal locks

From The Loadstar in the UK:

Despite the impending break-up of both the G6 and CKHYE alliances, both have announced plans to launch Asia-US east coast services, deploying neo-panamax vessels.

However, the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) this week warned carriers there were increasing concerns about the safety of maneuvring larger vessels in the new [...]

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New study raises safety concerns over new Panama Canal locks

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An independent safety study into the Panama Canal expansion, which was commissioned by the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and released this morning at a press conference in Panama City, has raised pressing concerns about the canal’s new locks.

The ITF commissioned the study, which was carried out [...]

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Un nuevo estudio suscita preocupación por la seguridad de las nuevas esclusas del canal de Panamá

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Un nuevo estudio independiente sobre la seguridad de la ampliación del canal de Panamá, —encargado por la Federación Internacional de los Trabajadores del Transporte (ITF) y que se acaba de hacer público esta mañana en una conferencia de prensa celebrada en la ciudad de Panamá—, suscita una apremiante [...]

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ITF top level board praises Panama papers release and exposure of injustice and wrongdoing

Commenting on the continuing furore over the release of the Panama papers, ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) president Paddy Crumlin said: “Cover up, silence, secrecy, zero accountability. Those are what these leaks have exposed. For those who have campaigned against flags of convenience (FOCs) in shipping, these new facts, shocking though they are, will not [...]

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ITF welcomes end to bitter dispute as Polish port union signs CBA

Solidarność union logo

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is joining its Polish affiliated dockers’ union Solidarność today in celebrating the signing of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) Gdansk.

The signing marks the end of a bitter three-year dispute between the port and its workforce that has included complaints from [...]

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Panama Canal Pilots Union receives the ILWU on Panamanian soil

Panama Canal Pilots Union representatives with top ILWU officials at the Longshore Caucus in Panama City, Panama, on April 18, 2016.

Translated from the Spanish original, which was published at Panama On:

Panama Canal Pilots Union receives the ILWU on Panamanian soil

From Monday April 18th to Friday the 22nd, a series of [...]

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La Unión de Prácticos del Canal de Panamá recibe en suelo panameño al sindicato ILWU

Panama Canal Pilots union representatives with top ILWU officials at the Longshore Caucus in Panama City, Panama, on April 18, 2016.

The ILWU Longshore Caucus began Monday in Panama City. Today this article was published in Panama On, and is translated below:

La Unión de Prácticos del Canal de Panamá recibe en [...]

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Maersk-ITF Seal Big Seafarer Deal

”Millions of the transport workers represented by our unions work for Maersk directly or via subsidiary companies and we are committed to making sure they have decent terms and conditions.” — Jacqueline Smith, ITF Maritime Coordinator

Maersk Line has agreed that it will ensure that any vessel it charters has an International Transport Workers’ [...]

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APMT Mumbai strike called off

From the Journal of Commerce:

APM Terminals-operated Gateway Terminals India resumed normal vessel operations Tuesday morning after outsourced workers handling rubber-tire gantry crane operations ended a four-day strike that shut down export gates at the terminal and slowed down cargo handling at India’s busiest public port complex, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.

Unionized RTG workers abruptly [...]

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TPP ‘worst trade deal ever,’ says Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz

From CBC News:

Stiglitz said the provision could be used to prevent raising of minimum wages.

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says the Trans-Pacific Partnership may well be the worst trade agreement ever negotiated, and he recommends Canada insist on reworking it.

“I think what Canada should do is use its influence to begin a [...]

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ILWU supports dockers at DP World London Gateway

Union-busting has many forms, and at DP World’s new terminal at the port of London Gateway, dockworkers’ 3-year campaign for union representation has been full of roadblocks by the Dubai-based employer. Now at a critical juncture, longshore workers around the world are encouraged to send messages of support and help London dockers secure a [...]

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ILWU endorses Senator Bernie Sanders for President

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The ILWU’s International Executive Board voted today to endorse U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders for President.

“Bernie Sanders is the best candidate for America’s working families,” said ILWU International President Robert McEllrath. “Bernie is best on the issues that matter most to American workers: better trade agreements, support for unions, fair [...]

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Labor attorney and author Joe Burns outlines NLRB's 'war against ILWU's solidarity unionism'

‘In a nutshell, the NLRB is attempting to financially cripple the ILWU for trying to uphold the ‘work jurisdiction’ clause of their coast-wide agreement.’ — Joe Burns, In These Times

Joe Burns, a former local union president active in strike solidarity, is a labor negotiator and attorney. He is the author of the book [...]

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National Farmers Union head skeptical of Trans-Pacific Partnership

From Crop Protection News Reports:

The NFU believes the TPP will hurt rural communities more than help them by opening American jobs up to cheaper, foreign labor.. Pictured is National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is trying to gain support on Capitol Hill for its Trans-Pacific Partnership by telling [...]

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Winning for women workers: ITF unions mark International Women’s Day

As part of ITF’s campaign on International Women’s Day, Turkish union members send messages of solidarity to South America. Source: Tümtis Facebook page

Transport workers from ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation)-affiliated unions around the world are marking International Women’s Day (IWD) today.

Unions have been sharing their success stories in the run up [...]

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