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The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

ITF challenges HPH over Australia and Indonesia worker treatment

ITF news release

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is challenging Hutchison Ports Holdings (HPH) over its behaviour at port facilities in Indonesia and Australia.

In Australia Hutchison Ports Australia (HPA) stands accused of using automation and forced redundancy to get rid of union members. In Indonesia HPH is aiming to take on a [...]

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‘Monsanto’s dream bill’: DARK Act And Trans-Pacific Partnership will keep consumers ignorant

Activists who fear genetically modified ingredients could present safety hazards in the food supply have waged a successful campaign to pressure multiple states to enact GMO labelling laws. But the DARK Act and TPP could undo all the hard work of food safety activists.

It’s called the Safe and Accurate Food Labelling Act of 2015, [...]

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ITF urges Indonesian president to intervene over terminal concession extension

The ITF has urged the Indonesian president to intervene over the extension of the concession for the Jakarta International Container Terminal that has been granted to Hutchison Port Holdings by the Indonesia Port Company (IPC), ITF said in its press release.

The move follows grave concerns expressed by the ITF-affiliated Trade Union of Jakarta International [...]

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Trumka: Trans Pacific Partnership needs reform before it will help workers

Excerpts from an opinion piece by AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka in USA Today:

The last six months mark a fundamental shift in how our nation approaches and evaluates international trade proposals.

In just four months, among many other tactics, workers and their allies made more than 2.6 million phone calls and wrote more than [...]

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Police shut down MUA protest over ‘predatory corporate behaviour’

From an article in the Brisbane Times:

Union protesters have blockaded the front gates of Caltex’s Brisbane refinery to rally against job cuts on board the Alexander Spirit fuel tanker ship.

About two dozen Maritime Union of Australia protesters rallied in solidarity at the Caltex refinery in Lytton on Friday.

The tanker had been chartered [...]

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Ghana dockworker leader: ‘Privatization of port operations leading to job losses’

”It is important for us to recognize that the employment of permanent and unionized skilled dock workers is necessary for the creation of a safe working environment at the ports,” Owusu-Koranteng explained at the ITF workshop.

The General Secretary of the Maritime and Dock Workers Union (MDU), Mr Daniel Owusu-Koranteng, has observed that the [...]

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Trans-Pacific Partnership talks: Canada, Japan at odds over B.C. timber

One of Canada’s most protected industries — British Columbia timber — has been targeted by Japan in the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks, The Canadian Press has learned.

Japan is pushing Canada to eliminate or modify the controls it imposes on B.C. log exports — a practice that is heavily restricted by the federal and [...]

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ITF comment on Greek situation

Speaking on his return from Greece, where he has been meeting with ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation)-affiliated trade unions including the Pan-Hellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO), the ITF general secretary Steve Cotton, said: “I’ve visited Greece many times but I have never before witnessed the level of insecurity people have over the nation’s future.

“Workers and [...]

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Obama signs trade bills into law, says tough battle still ahead

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law legislation that gives him “fast-track” power to push ahead on a Pacific Rim trade deal that has been the subject of intense debate in Congress and across the nation.

Flanked by some of the lawmakers who supported the bill through a six-week congressional battle, Obama acknowledged [...]

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Senators from OR, WA, CA vote to advance damaging trade deal

Disappointing news from DC: In an article titled ”Fast-Track Clears Senate Hurdle In Vote,” AlterNet calls out the Democrats who helped the damaging trade deal TPP advance to the next level.

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is among the West Coast Democrats who cast a bad trade vote against the interests of working families.

The Senate [...]

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Trans-Pacific Partnership: Trade agreement faces another test as legislation returns to US Senate

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a wide-ranging proposed trade agreement that could include more than 10 countries, has faced another test in the US Senate as legislation needed to close the deal returned for a second run through the chamber.

Opposition in the House of Representatives, where Democrats refused to renew a previously uncontroversial program providing [...]

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TPP defeat: Why labor movement’s war against fast track may not be over

Excerpts from The [...]

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IDC: Solidarity with SUTRAMPORPC in Callao as APM is laying off striking workers

Statement from the International Dockworkers’ Council:

After more than two intense weeks of conflict and indefinite strike at the port of Callao following the refusal of APM Terminals to negotiate some of the crucial demands from SUTRAMPORPC to reach an agreement on the workers’ contract that expired more than one year ago, and [...]

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MUNZ welcomes sentencing in port death case

Fallen Comrade Mark Samoa with his niece Azarliah. Mark is also survived by his partner Sarah and three children Gemma, and two boys Maleko and Cale. Source: MUA

The Maritime Union has welcomed the sentencing of a port company following the death of a union member in a workplace accident in 2013.

Mark Samoa died [...]

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‘Unthinkable in APMT’s home country’: ITF condemns use of Peruvian Navy for Callao port strikebreaking

”Things are going from bad to worse, with these threatened sackings and the use of navy sailors as strikebreaking mercenaries. Those kind of tactics would be unthinkable in APMT’s home country of the Netherlands, not to mention Denmark, home of its parent, the Maersk Group.” — Paddy Crumlin, ITF President

The International Transport Workers’ [...]

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