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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.

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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Conciliation ahead in DP World dispute

DP World and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) have entered a second week of strikes and lockouts at each of the stevedoring company’s four terminals in Australia.

“This is a perfect opportunity for Mr Abbott to confound expectations and stand with Australian workers against a foreign-owned employer trying to remove their penalty rates,” MUA [...]

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Colombian Port Workers in Solidarity Against Police Violence

Buenavantura dockworkers – Black Lives Matter

Featured in Paso International:

A Declaration Supporting the Movement Against Racism from the Port Workers Union, Buenaventura, Colombia.

Black lives matter in Buenaventura!

December 13, 2014

Today we are proud to stand with our brothers and sisters across the United States and around the [...]

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Dockers rally to protect jobs in Rotterdam

Santa joins leaders of European unions and thousands of longshore workers worldwide in supporting Rotterdam dockworkers.

Dockers from across Europe are joining their brothers and sisters at a rally in Rotterdam today (Wednesday 17 December) to protest against the impact of developments in the container sector at the port there. ITF-affiliated union FNV Havens [...]

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Australia: Striking dock workers to protest at Citibank headquarters as industrial war heats up

Kevin Bracken, MUA Victorian secretary, confirmed workers would take to the streets. ”This is the biggest dispute since Patrick’s; it is the most industrial action since 1998,” he said. Mr Bracken said that Citibank would be targeted because DP World was being poorly run under its control.

Striking dock workers will march through city [...]

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ILWU frustrated by shippers’ finger-pointing

Excerpts from The Stand’s interview with Dean McGrath, President of ILWU Local 23 at the Port of Tacoma:

“You have to be familiar with global shipping to understand a lot of this,” McGrath said. “When I explain it to reporters, their eyes just glaze over.”

For example, the chassis — the wheeled trailers used to [...]

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Sydney dockworkers to ILWU: ”We will fight alongside you all the way”

The Maritime Union of Australia Sydney Branch wholeheartedly stands in solidarity with our ILWU Sisters and Brothers. The relationship between our two Unions stretches back decades and has been one built on a united effort to maintain and advance the working and living conditions of dockworkers in our respective countries and around the world.

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DP World ‘wages war on wharfies’ with tit-for-tat lockout

From the Australian:

The Maritime Union of Australian has escalated strike action against DP World, as the union’s national secretary Paddy Crumlin accused the company of declaring war on its workforce.

In addition to strike action at company terminals in three states from today, the MUA said workers at the Port Botany terminal in [...]

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MUA votes to stop work at DP World terminal

The Maritime Union of Australia has voted to stop work at major container ports in Victoria and NSW.

Container handler DP World says there will be a 32-hour work stoppage at its Melbourne facility on Thursday, while its Sydney terminal will be stopped for 20 hours.

The company’s Fremantle port will stop work for four [...]

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Worker killed at Panamanian port when container falls onto truck

Fatality at Port of Balboa, Panama

[ENGLISH SUMMARY: Worker Lázaro Rivera was killed Saturday when a shipping container fell on a truck at the Port of Balboa in Panama. Our condolences go out to Brother Rivera's family, friends and colleagues.]

Fallece un trabajador en Panama Ports

Un accidente laboral se registró al mediodía de [...]

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More solidarity letters arrive from Russian, Korean dockworker unions

In addition to recent solidarity letters from dockworker unions in Germany, New Zealand, the European Union, Japan, and around the world, more letters have been sent to PMA President and CEO Jim McKenna — this time from Yong Soo Chi, President of the Korean Federation of Port Workers’ Union (KFPTWU), and Vasilii Kozarenko, Chairman of [...]

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‘Progress has been made’ as West Coast port negotiations continue

Excerpts from ”New talks Tuesday will try to resolve West Coast port terminals dispute” by KIRO Radio in Seattle:

After weeks of lost productivity, backlogs and finger-pointing, contract talks resume Tuesday between west coast terminal operators and union Longshore members in Seattle and elsewhere, who are working without a contract.

“It’s a much more [...]

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Maritime Union of New Zealand supports ILWU in letter to PMA

Last year, the ILWU supported Maritime Union of New Zealand workers in their fight for good jobs in the Port of Auckland. Pictured are MUNZ officers Joe Fleetwood and Garry Parsloe, with ILWU International Vice President-Mainland Ray Familathe in the center.

Joe Fleetwood, National Secretary of the Maritime Union of New Zealand, has sent [...]

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Union says West Coast ports won’t shut down, others not so sure

Excerpts from the Puget Sound Business Journal:

West Coast ports may be slower, but they will not shut down during the holiday season.

That’s according to Craig Merrilees, spokesman for the International Longshoreman and Warehouse Union.

“Nobody wants to shut down the ports,” Merrilees said. “Nobody on either side of the negotiating table is talking [...]

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La ITF critica severamente el ataque a un sindicato por parte de la Autoridad del Canal de Panamá

[Link to English]

La ITF (Federación Internacional de los Trabajadores del Transporte) ha tachado hoy de ataque público a los sindicatos la conducta de la Autoridad del Canal de Panamá (ACP), que infringe claramente los acuerdos internacionales del país.

La federación sindical mundial ha condenado el hecho de que la ACP intentara, a través [...]

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