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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 calls for action on abandoned crew

”The only reason the crew hasn’t starved is because of the food and humanitarian assistance provided by the ITF, Algerian trade unions, the port authority of Algiers Port and the embassies of India and Turkey,” said ITF inspector Mohamed Arrachedi.

From Maritime Executive:

An International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) inspector has issued a last […]

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Filipino union backs ITF for protecting seafarers against ‘cargo-unlashing’

From the Manila Bulletin:

The Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) aired support to the International Transport Workers’ Federation’s (ITF) move to protect seafarers from being tasked to carry out ‘cargo-lashing’ and ‘unlashing’ work, as securing of cargo is a dangerous work if done by untrained workers.

“Cargo lashing and unlashing […]

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Stranded Hanjin crew receives load of Christmas cheer that includes pig, tree, presents

The B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers’ Union, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Victoria Filipino Canadian Association organized care packages for the crew, some of whom have been stuck on board the vessel for three and a half months after the shipping company Hanjin filed for bankruptcy in August. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl […]

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Unions stand at Standing Rock

Northwest Labor Press published this photo from the Standing Rock protest encampment with Isaiah Barnes of the Sioux nation, and Jamison Roberts and Steve Hunt of Vancouver ILWU Local 4.

Excerpts from Northwest Labor Press:

On Thanksgiving Day, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 4 put out a call for donations of cold […]

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Hanjin seafarers, still stuck on bankrupt ship, to receive holiday care packages

Hanjin Scarlet crew were able to take brief shore leave in September. Photo by Seafarers Mission Prince Rupert

From CBC/Radio-Canada

Care packages and carolers are on their way to the crew of the Hanjin Scarlet, some of whom have been stuck onboard their vessel in B.C. waters for three and a half months.

The […]

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MUA win battle for National Stevedoring Safety Code

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) is celebrating the release of a National Stevedoring Code of Practice (NSCOP) after a seven-year battle to improve safety standards on the waterfront.

The MUA had engaged in an intensive lobbying effort over many years, in the face of opposition from well-resourced stevedores, peak bodies such as the Australian […]

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ILWU solidarity helps Hanjin seafarers defend their right to shore leave

Chinese crew members from the Hanjin Seattle celebrate their shore leave. Customs officials changed their policy after solidarity efforts from the ILWU and support from lawmakers in Washington.

Crewmembers on foreign flagged vessels arriving at West Coast ports have frequently sought help from ILWU members and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) inspectors.

“Sometimes we […]

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One dockworker killed and two critically injured in explosion on tanker

Our sincere condolences go out to our Indonesian brother’s family, friends and colleagues during this time of tragic loss, and we are rooting for our two brothers who are critically injured.

One dockworker died after explosion and fire on board of product tanker Istana V at the dock in Batu Ampar, Indonesia. The […]

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Worker dies after driving into canal in heavy rains during auto job in Belgium

Very sad news from Belgium, translated from a Dutch report. Rest in Peace, brother. An Injury to One is an Injury to All.

At the port of Zeebrugge, a man has died after he drove into the water with his car. The accident happened around 6:25 pm near the Alfred Ronsestraat.

It’s believed he […]

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Ship docked for 3 years; sailors claim they’re unpaid

Controversy dogs the cargo ship Dutch Runner, docked for three years off the coast of Nova Scotia.

From the Chronicle Herald:

After three years of sitting unmanned and empty at the Port Hawkesbury pier, and after a dust-up between the new crew, its union and the ship’s owners, the 84-metre bulk carrier Dutch Runner […]

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Merkley harshly criticizes ‘white nationalist’ Bannon’s appointment to Trump White House

Longtime friend of the ILWU, U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), right, in a previously published photo with (L-R) ILWU International President Robert McEllrath, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), ILWU International Vice President (Hawaii) Wesley Furtado, and ILWU Local 8 member Jeff Smith. Photo by ILWU Local 40 member Dawn Des Brisay.

From KPTV:

Senator […]

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Donald Trump is moving to the White House, and liberals put him there

”There was Joe Biden, with his powerful plainspoken style, and there was Bernie Sanders, an inspiring and largely scandal-free figure. Each of them would probably have beaten Trump, but neither of them would really have served the interests of the party insiders.” — Thomas Frank

Note: The ILWU International Executive Board endorsed Bernie Sanders […]

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CNN: Putin, far-right parties pleased as Trump win shocks world

Excerpts from CNN:

Republican candidate Donald Trump’s ascension to the White House has sent shock waves around the world. But it appears to have pleased one leader in particular — Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Within hours of Trump’s victory speech early Wednesday, Putin congratulated the US president-elect and flagged Moscow’s willingness to restore ties […]

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Mistreatment of crew on sub-standard ship leads to detention

A vessel which had already been detained following a Port State Control inspection by MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) surveyors in Cardiff, Wales, has been issued with a further detainable deficiency notice after it was discovered the crew had not been paid for many months.

“The state of the vessel is bad enough from a […]

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Panama Canal tackles accusations

From Port Technology:

The Panama Canal Authority (PCA) has released statements combating both the rumors of the privatization of its tug fleet and the accusation that the expansion has made workers and seafarers unsafe.

Rumors began circulating on October 25, 2016 when many sources reported that the ITF had addressed a press conference claiming that […]

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