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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.

Bulk carrier detained in Australia; ITF alleges seafarers were forced to unlash containers at sea

”In this instance they were lucky there was no major incident,” International Transport Workers’ Federation Australia coordinator Dean Summers said. ”In a worst-case scenario, the shifting cargo could have caused the ship to sink by compromising its stability.” VesselTracker photo.

A Hong Kong-based bulk carrier has been detained in Newcastle following allegations that its crew [...]

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Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Fast Track not a done deal, the people will stop it

From Truth-Out:

The corporate media are reporting that since the Republican leadership and President Obama support Fast Track trade authority, it is a done deal. And that message, also heard by countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is driving the race to finalize that agreement.

The truth is: Fast Track is not a done deal. [...]

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ICTSI's Port of Melbourne automation project chooses Finnish vendor

”Last year, the consortium laid out over $56.6 million (€40 million) for 12 automated stacking cranes and 11 automated shuttle carriers for the new port facility. Once the cranes lift containers off a ship, they can be set down in “buffer zones” and picked up by the shuttle carriers, which transport them to other [...]

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Union kicks back at Rotterdam

So the dispute does not escalate, Mr Crumlin is urging ‘all parties, and that includes not just all operators and port authorities, but also the shipping lines, to get together to defuse this situation and reach an agreed settlement.’

Things are off to a rocky start at the Port of Rotterdam’s new Rotterdam Gateway [...]

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Blear revalida su dominio en Sintrajap por dos años más

[NOTE: Ronaldo Blear has been reelected as Secretary General of dockworkers union SINTRAJAP in Costa Rica for his sixth 2-year term. He represents more than 1,000 union dockworkers and 'will continue defending their union agreement and organization from privatization interests.' For more information on the battle for SINTRAJAP jobs in the face of a massive [...]

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ITF repeats call for Rotterdam dialogue as dockers protest

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today called for all-party talks on the future of the port of Rotterdam, as dockers refused to unload a ship loaded at the new Rotterdam Gateway (RWG) terminal. RWG, unlike other companies at the port, refuses to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with port workers, who are represented by [...]

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MTD Demands Defeat of Anti-Jones Act Amendment before Senate

The Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO is urging its affiliates and port councils to oppose an amendment being offered to the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline legislation that would repeal a portion of the Jones Act. The overall legislation is being debated on the floor of the U.S. Senate at this time.

“This amendment has no place [...]

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30,000 Indian dockers stand up for rights at massive protest day

On January 8, Indian dockworkers observed Massive Protest Day in all 12 major ports. More than 30,000 dockers in all over India participated and staged massive protest “Dharana” in front of their respective ports.

Under the guidance of Com. S.R. Kulkarni, President of the Transport & Dock Workers’ Union, Mumbai & Com. S.K. Shetye, [...]

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Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a pending disaster

TPP sign

Republicans, who now run Congress, say they want to cooperate with President Barack Obama and point to the administration’s Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, as the model. The only problem is that the TPP would be a disaster.

The TPP is a Trojan horse in a global race to the bottom, giving big [...]

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Chilean port workers continue strike

A Chilean dock worker waves a Chilean flag at a rally at the entrance of the port during a strike in Valparaiso city. Photo by Reuters.

Over 200 workers at Chile’s San Antonio port remain on strike with workers at other ports saying they will not unload Puerto Central ships.

The Costanera Espigon Maritime [...]

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Federal mediator to help West Coast ports contract dispute

From the Associated Press:

A federal mediator is getting involved in stalled contract talks between West Coast dockworkers and their employers.

Political and financial pressure has been building as each side blamed the other for the slow movement of billions of dollars of cargo across the docks at 29 seaports that are a vital trade [...]

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Chassis maintenance and repair a main culprit of ILWU-PMA impasse

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

Contract negotiations resumed Monday between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association after the holiday recess, but it appears that no significant progress will be made until both parties agree to compromise on the controversial issue of chassis maintenance and repair.

Until this year, shipping [...]

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ILWU calls for the direct participation of key PMA decision makers in negotiations

SAN FRANCISCO (December 29, 2014) – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) said today that the PMA member carriers sitting on PMA’s Board of Directors need to come to the negotiating table so that direct and constructive dialogue between key decision makers can take place. “Both sides need the right people in the room [...]

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Why Obama hasn’t rushed to rescue US West Coast ports

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

The national media have hit the issue, but those stories are generally relegated outside the front pages. For most media, particularly TV journalism, the story lost some sparkle once it lost that “man on the street” impact. Most of the public remains unaware of West Coast port congestion.

Ask [...]

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Sides ‘far apart’ in West Coast port negotiations

Excerpts from the Associated Press:

While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently aren’t close to a new contract nearly six months after their old deal expired.

While work speed has been an issue in several major ports, so has an ongoing lack of [...]

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