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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.

Ship hits wall of Panama Canal, renewing design concerns

The BBC has taken note of the ITF’s concerns about safety on the new Panama Canal locks:

Mechanized ‘mules’ pull ship through the previously existing Panama Canal locks. The new locks do not use mules.

A Chinese container ship has hit a wall of the recently-widened Panama Canal, amid concerns that it has less space [...]

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Global union leaders personally investigate victimisation of South Korean trade unionists

Cho Sung-deok, above, is the latest person to be sentenced in relation to involvement in the mass people’s mobilization on 14 November 2015 – the suppression of which by police who used 20,000 officers, 19 water cannons, 679 buses, and 580 pepper spray devices against peaceful marchers – has escaped censure in the courts [...]

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Union and pilot warnings on safety realized in first collision at new Panama Canal locks

Panama Canal leadership had dismissed union warnings on safety for years prior to last month’s opening. Damage to the MV Xin Fei Zhou is shown here.

From an article titled ‘Containership damaged after hitting wall in Panama Canal’s new locks’ at gCaptain:

A neopanamax containership has suffered a gash to its hull after [...]

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ICTSI lines up $300m in financing for highly automated Australian terminal VICT

From Seatrade Maritime:

Graphic rendition of proposed VICT terminal

International Container Terminal Services Inc’s (ICTSI) Australia unit has signed a AUD398m ($300m) loan facility for the construction and development of its highly automated Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT).

The financing will support the ongoing construction of VICT in Melbourne. Construction of the terminal started [...]

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One obscene statistic helps explain why income inequality is so bad

In 2015, the average chief executive at the largest corporations in the U.S. earned 276 times what a typical worker made ― about $15 million, a new paper from the Economic Policy Institute reports.

From The Huffington Post:

Chief executives certainly have demanding jobs ― requiring long hours, boorish appearances on CNBC and earnest [...]

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ITF statement on the death of Philando Castile

Statement by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) on the death of Philando Castile:

ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton said: “On behalf of the five million workers we represent in 150 countries, we are deeply saddened by the loss of our union brother Philando Castile.

“Right now our thoughts are with his family and friends, [...]

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West Coast dockworkers will honor “Hour of silence” on Thursday, July 7th

West Coast dockworkers will honor an international “day of action” on Thursday, July 7th, by observing an “hour of silence” from 11am to 12 noon, in honor of workers who have died on the docks here and abroad.

The International Day of Action is being organized by the International Dockworkers Council (IDC) and the International [...]

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United Kingdom’s Brexit vote: ITF and ETF comment

”The ETF deeply regrets the outcome of the UK Brexit referendum. It is a sad but strong signal that an adequate European Union social policy is absent, and has sent workers away from the European project. The EU’s policies do not reflect workers’ expectations; a change has to come rapidly before other countries follow [...]

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Jo Cox MP: in memoriam

”Jo was very well known within and throughout the labour and progressive movement in the UK and the world for her extraordinary commitment to peace and human rights and her leadership and absolute commitment to build a more functional fairer and accountable world.” — Paddy Crumlin, ITF president and MUA national secretary

Speaking in [...]

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Vintage Longshore pics featured in Bay Area art exhibit

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“Working Hands,” a photo exhibit that captures laborers at work, opens Saturday in Hayward.

The exhibit features photographs of Oakland longshoremen on the waterfront by Frank Silva and images of farm laborers and workers at a recycling plant by David Bacon.

There will be a free public reception [...]

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Violence against trade unionists remains rampant in Colombia

Colombian labor unions said the country’s authorities have failed to enforce worker protections and revealed that they are being threatened.

From Telesur TV:

Colombia has failed to enforce worker protections in a free trade agreement with the United States, U.S. and Colombian labor unions said on Monday.

In a complaint issued by the AFL-CIO [...]

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ITF underlines Panama Canal safety case

Published on VesselFinder.com:

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is reiterating its case regarding the possible risks to safety posed by the Panama Canal’s new locks.

This latest information comes after the Panama Canal Authority (PCA) published a press release which attempted to deny the serious points of concern raised by an independent safety study [...]

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KING 5 reporter gains 'whole new respect' for longshore workers after crane tour

KING 5 reporter Alex Rozier reported this morning from a Port of Tacoma crane with ILWU Local 23 President Dean McGrath and ILWU crane operator Mike Hartman.

McGrath pointed out that “40% of Washington jobs are based in some form or fashion to this industry, and it’s important that we all recognize [...]

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Union warns of danger to bigger boxships carriers plan to send into new Panama Canal locks

From The Loadstar in the UK:

Despite the impending break-up of both the G6 and CKHYE alliances, both have announced plans to launch Asia-US east coast services, deploying neo-panamax vessels.

However, the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) this week warned carriers there were increasing concerns about the safety of maneuvring larger vessels in the new [...]

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New study raises safety concerns over new Panama Canal locks

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An independent safety study into the Panama Canal expansion, which was commissioned by the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and released this morning at a press conference in Panama City, has raised pressing concerns about the canal’s new locks.

The ITF commissioned the study, which was carried out [...]

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