”One star with five hands on black background guide us / And the red is the blood of those who have passed.” — From the Unión Portuaria de Chile anthem
This week, members of the Chilean Port Workers’ Union (UPC by its Spanish acronym) stood up for good jobs and family benefits at a [...]
Chilean port worker protest, December 3, 2013
Caldera port workers interrupted a Chilean highway, Route 5 North, for nearly an hour on Tuesday. The workers are asking authorities to join the union and employers in negotiations in hopes of reaching a solution to their demands. They are seeking benefits for their families and rate [...]
The proposed network, consisting of Maersk Line, CMA CGM and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), will create the largest ever alliance to operate on global trades. It will offer a total of 29 loops, served by 255 vessels initially, and a capacity of 2.6 million TEU.
The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) has urged the Federal Maritime [...]
The ITF Seafarers’ Trust – the charity arm of the International Transport Workers” Federation – today authorized two grants totaling GBP100,000 to aid Filipino seafarers and their families affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
The grants, for GBP50,000 each are being awarded to the Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) and the Philippine [...]
Proposed changes to the Farm Bill would dramatically reduce the amount of U.S. grain exported through federal aid programs, threatening thousands of jobs in the transportation sector — including ports.
Those opposed to the Senate farm bill’s major revisions of the U.S. food aid model say U.S. jobs and military readiness would be affected if [...]
[Note: You can listen to this story's interview with Paddy Crumlin, General Secretary of the MUA and President of the International Federation of Transport Workers, at this link.]
Transport union leaders from across the Asia Pacific are taking the first steps towards forming a regional grouping.
The move is being spearheaded by [...]
From Global Research:
An American company Renco sued Peru for $800 million because its contract was not extended after the company’s operations caused massive environmental and health damage. This 200 photo shows children playing near the toxic site in play masks.
The investor-state dispute system, whereby foreign investors can sue the host-country government in an [...]
Click on the orange arrow to listen to the OPB interview.
From Oregon Public Broadcasting:
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union disputes there’s a slowdown. And committeeman Leal Sundet is not hopeful about negotiations, “I don’t see Hanjin staying in Portland in the short-run,” he said.
“They may come back, they’ve been to Portland [...]
Victor Crespo, Honduran dockworker union leader, was assaulted and had his life threatened by paramilitaries in September for his union activities at ICTSI’s new terminal in Puerto Cortes. Mr. Crespo was moved to a safe location by dockworker allies. No arrests have been made.
A subsidiary of listed International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) is [...]
Striking Nestle worker and union organizer Oscar López Triviño was shot by multiple paramilitaries in Colombia this week.
Our condolences go out to Mr. López’ family, friends and colleagues. Nuestras condolencias a los familiares, compañeros de trabajo y amigos del señor López.
Oscar López Triviño was murdered on November 9 in the Colombian city [...]
When APM Terminals representatives talked about jobs, attendees began drowning them out with noise. The Costa Rican government has continually undermined the dockworkers union SINTRAJAP in the controversial port concession. Photo by Carlos Brenes Vargas.
COSTA RICA: Some 600 people attended a public hearing on Saturday at the Eddy Bermúdez Gymnasium in the Caribbean port [...]
Locked-out ILWU members and supporters have taken their message to the water. Union members have been locked out by Japanese corporations Marubeni and Mitsui. Photo by ILWU Local 4
Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:
A federal judge has found the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in civil contempt of court for ignoring an [...]
The ITF has spoken out in support of dockworkers in Norway who have begun a boycott at Risavika terminal today (Friday 1 November 2013). The action is over the reported refusal of management to sign up to the national Norwegian agreement covering dockworkers.
Instead, employer Risavika Terminal AS is said to be proposing to use [...]
Longview man cleared two years after joining longshore rally near railroad tracks
ILWU International President thanks community for solidarity
LONGVIEW, WA – More than two years after Jeff Washburn was arrested in Longview, Wash., during the ILWU’s 2011 struggle for good jobs, Cowlitz County prosecutors finally dismissed charges against him. Mr. Washburn, then [...]