Breaking news from the Chicago Tribune about Marubeni, the Japan-based owner of the Columbia Grain elevator in Portland that’s locked out ILWU members:
Three employees at one of Marubeni Corp’s grain trading unit in China have been detained, Chinese customs said on Thursday, a move prompted by allegations of tax evasion on soybean imports.
Ian Bray, MUA Assistant National Secretary, says Patrick has received a payment of at least $18.5 million from the Victorian government and it was in Victoria’s interests that Patrick retain permanent jobs.
The Maritime Union of Australia is taking Patrick Stevedores to court, saying it wants to stop the company from making workers redundant while [...]
From the United Kingdom comes this report in the Handy Shipping Guide:
The longstanding dispute between the longshoremen who work in the Port of Portland and employers simmers on, and the latest development will doubtless engender an ‘I told you so’ from the dock workers who are employed at the ICTSI Oregon container shipping terminal [...]
Dock workers at Hongkong International Terminals (HIT), the port operator hit by a five-week strike over wages last year, could see their base salaries increase by 6 per cent, and the company would offer an additional 4.1 per cent in incentive income.
But Chan Chiu-wai, of the Confederation of Trade Unions, which led last year’s [...]
Ever Luis Marin Rolong is one of the 73 Colombian labor activists have been executed in the three years since the Labor Action Plan promised to protect unionists from such killings.
Ever Luis Marín Rolong kicked off a macabre annual body count in January when he became 2014′s first labor activist assassinated in one of [...]
ILWU Longshore Caucus Delegates, March 2014
The 90 delegates and dozens of pensioners who gathered in San Francisco for the Coast Longshore Division Caucus concluded their two week meeting on March 7 after adopting an approach to negotiations for a new Longshore & Clerks Contract that expires on June 30.
Resolutions set the agenda
Maritime Unions have met in Auckland, New Zealand, to work towards a Regional Maritime Federation to build union strength throughout the South Pacific.
The meeting brought together the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), the Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ), the Papua New Guinea Maritime and Transport Workers Union (MTWU), the Australian Maritime Officers Union [...]
SGTM members picketed at the ICTSI terminal in Portland earlier this month, and were sought by Honduran police on their return home.
The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has won a promise from the Honduran ambassador to the UK to investigate death threats and victimisation of trade unionists in the city of Puerto Cortés.
The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is mourning the shockingly early death of our comrade Bob Crow, general secretary of the ITF-affiliated RMT, and ITF executive board member from 2002 onwards.
ITF acting general secretary Stephen Cotton said: “Bob was such a vital, tough, campaigning tower of strength that it’s almost impossible to believe that [...]
Father Jeremy Lucas said he doesn’t hate the people who run United Grain but that he feels sorry and pity for them. ”Hate gets us nowhere,” he said. Lucas also called on the Port of Vancouver and on the city of Vancouver to repent their sins, including the city’s sin of choosing to send [...]
Excerpts from The Oregonian:
The Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 shut down again Wednesday, this time after a verbal altercation between container-yard employees and longshore workers.
“Today ICTSI and Port supervisors threatened top loader drivers with physical violence, showing once again that ICTSI and the Port are working in collusion against union members,” said ILWU [...]
Honduran dockworkers have suffered massive job losses, violence and militarization of their cargo terminal since ICTSI took over operations at Puerto Cortes in 2013.
This Associated Press article was published in news outlets in Oregon, Washington, California, Texas, Indiana and beyond:
Labor turmoil continues at the Port of Portland as longshoreman refused to cross [...]
ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) president Paddy Crumlin today described Australian rail freight operator Aurizon’s lockout of 200 freight train drivers in New South Wales as “totally unacceptable”.
Crumlin, who is also national secretary of the MUA (Maritime Union of Australia), was speaking in his capacity as president of the ITF global union federation, which [...]
Jose Maria Villalta, a pro-union candidate for president, was a front runner in Costa Rican polls until a propaganda campaign was waged by the U.S.-backed oligarchy.
At peak moments of the “war on drug trafficking” or for “humanitarian activities”, there may be dozens of ships at Costa Rican bases, from aircraft carriers to amphibious vehicles, [...]