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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: raid on CSL Melbourne a ‘national error’

From the International Transport Workers Federation:

Commenting on the raid on the CSL Melbourne in Newcastle, ITF seafarers’ section chair Dave Heindel said: “This raid was an error of truly national dimensions. The Australian government seems hell-bent on stripping away the very protections that make Australia the nation it is, and in doing so is [...]

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IDC and ITF meet to defend dockers’ rights

IDC-ITF joint press statement:

5 February 2016

Representatives of the International Dockworkers’ Council (IDC) and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) met in Barcelona, Spain, today to explore how to work together to defend dockers’ jobs and rights.

The one-day meeting agreed the following statement of intent:

Representatives of the International Dockworkers’ Council (IDC) and International [...]

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ITF comment on today’s TPPA signing in New Zealand

Commenting on today’s TPPA trade agreement signing in New Zealand, ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) president Paddy Crumlin said: “We, like our fellow global unions and everyone who protested in Auckland today, are clear about one thing: the TPPA – Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement – offers nothing to workers in the Asia-Pacific region except job insecurity [...]

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UN expert: Trans-Pacific Partnership lacks human rights protections

Alfred de Zayas said the TPP ”is fundamentally flawed and should not be signed or ratified unless provision is made to guarantee the regulatory space of States.”

The top United Nations expert on human rights has called on the 12 nations considering the Trans-Pacific Partnership to reject the massive trade agreement since in its current [...]

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Simultaneous Melbourne and Sydney rallies in support of sacked crew

Victorian Branch Secretary Joe Italia said the loss of jobs on the Portland was just the tip of the iceberg, and if not opposed, those job losses would permeate into other industries.

From the Maritime Union of Australia:

The Maritime Union of Australia is demanding an investigation into Alcoa’s actions after the American-based miner [...]

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Top Japanese official in charge of TPP accused of graft

Akira Amari, in an April 2015 photo.

Expensive sweet bean confections and more than $148,000 in cash could have lured the current Japanese economic minister to take a bribe – while negotiating terms for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Tokyo’s top fiscal policy chief Akira Amari has been at the center of a possible graft scandal, [...]

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ITF condemns Ouagadougou attacks and mourns union activist

In addition to the 29 people who were killed, more than 50 people were wounded in the attack in Burkina Faso.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation has condemned the terrorist attacks in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on 15 January, in which an activist in its civil aviation affiliate union the FSTAB (Fédération des Syndicats des Travailleurs [...]

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Greek ports to be hit by 48-hour strike

Greece is set to be hit a 48-hour strike that will impact, commercial vessels calling at major ports and domestic and local ferries.

According to Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) said a 48 hour strike had been called by the Seaman’s Union of Greece on 20 January and would affect the ports ports of Piraeus, Aspropyrgos, [...]

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Dockworkers: Please send your messages of support to brothers and sisters in Casablanca

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ITF calls for government intervention in Morocco port dispute

The ITF is calling on the president of Morocco to intervene in an ongoing dispute at the Port of Casablanca.

Management at Somaport terminal is trying to impose new [...]

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ITF condemns MV Portland seizure

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) strongly condemns the raid early Wednesday morning on the MV Portland in the Australian home port for which it is named. Up to 30 security guards were reportedly used to eject the five Australian crew members from the vessel and usher on a non-national crew, which then set sail [...]

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Rotterdam port workers prepared for more strikes

Excerpts from Shipping Watch:

Niek Stam stresses that he would prefer not to strike, but that the union feels forced to act. He explains that the port workers were originally promised that the automated Maasvlakte 2 terminals, which have a capacity of five million teu, would be used exclusively as additional capacity, but that [...]

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Maritime unions watching MV Portland dispute in Australia

Maritime union groups around the world are closely monitoring a dispute over the replacement of the Australian-flagged bulk carrier MV Portland in south-eastern Australia, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has said.

New York-based metals manufacturer Alcoa wants to sell the aluminum carrier MV Portland and dismiss 40 local seafarers. The company plans to [...]

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ITF backs industrial action at Port of Rotterdam

“Our livelihoods and the future of our families and our communities rely on decent, secure jobs and those things are worth fighting for.” — Niek Stam, FNV Havens secretary

ITF news release: January 7, 2016

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and ETF (European Transport Workers’ Federation) are supporting their affiliated Dutch dockers’ [...]

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8 Terrible Things About the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Excerpts from In These Times:

Like the WTO agreements or NAFTA, the TPP is an attempt to set the rules of the global economy to favor multinational corporations over everything else, trampling on democracy, national sovereignty and the public good. The more than 600 corporate lobbyists who had access to the draft texts used their [...]

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