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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: Crew abandonment cannot be tolerated

ITF inspector Darren Proctor recounted the case of ”five Turkish crew, two Indians and two Georgians. None of them had been paid for three months, but the Indian crew had not been paid since joining in September and October 2016, and had had to pay to even get the jobs.” Photo courtesy of ITF.

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FMC evaluating Transpacific carrier agreements; Carriers known as “Flags of Convenience” investigated

From Logistic Management:

The ongoing trend of consolidation in the ocean cargocarrier arena is being confronted with more scrutiny by regulatory agencies.

Two agreements related to the west coast and trade flows between the United States and Asia were addressed this week by the Federal Maritime Commission, as were recent developments regarding government linked ocean […]

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Falling cargo container kills man at Packer Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia

Heartbreaking news from Philadelphia. Our condolences to the checker’s family, friends and brothers and sisters on the docks. An Injury to One is an Injury to All.

More at 6 ABC

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Four years later, Nicaragua’s $40 billion interoceanic canal remains a pipe dream

There are fears that Wang could now use his 50-year concession to sell the rights to ports

From the Miami Herald:

Four years ago last month, Daniel Ortega made headlines across the world by announcing that a Chinese firm would build a $40 billion interoceanic canal in Nicaragua, which would compete with the Panama Canal […]

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Source: Trump drops plans for food aid shipping that would support American jobs

Excerpts from Reuters:

President Donald Trump’s administration has dropped plans for an executive order that will require all U.S. food aid to be transported on American ships after members of Congress protested, congressional and aid sources said on Friday.

Reuters reported on Thursday that Trump was considering issuing an order that would have increased to […]

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Shipping hears about plight of abandoned seafarers in Aberdeen

From Hellenic Shipping News:

Members of the maritime community, including International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary General Kitack Lim, heard first-hand about the plight of a group of abandoned seafarers in Aberdeen, Scotland, and how seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) is supporting them.

The Indian crew from the Malaviya Seven offshore supply ship were […]

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Spanish stevedores reach an agreement with the employers

Note: Translated from a Reuters Madrid article. Read the original in Spanish at this link.

Spanish dockers and port managers on Thursday reached an agreement whereby companies pledged to guarantee full employment in the sector after the liberalization process, and workers withdrew calls for strikes, according to the two parties in a joint statement.

“The […]

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Spanish Dockers Make Gains in Labor Negotiations

From Maritime Executive:

On Thursday, stevedores’ unions in Spain called off the strikes that they had scheduled for Friday and Monday in order to resume talks with the Spanish port employers association, Anesco. The dockers want firm guarantees against layoffs in exchange for a ten percent pay cut, but after weeks of labor actions, Anesco […]

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Australian unions take up ICTSI dockworkers case with Indonesian Minister

The Indonesian Government is coming under pressure to intervene in a major industrial dispute developing with port operator ICTSI after Australian unions protested and delivered a joint letter to the Indonesian Minister for National Development Planning Bambang Brodjonegoro in Canberra today.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and local Indonesian union FBTPI organised the protest […]

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Owners and unions at loggerheads in Spain

From Port Strategy:

The general assembly of the Spanish owners’ association Anesco has voted against accepting a pre-agreement reached with stevedoring unions, claiming it is anti-competitive and in breach of proposed new government legislation, which the unions oppose.

A new proposal will be sent to the trade unions today.

Despite its rejection of the trade […]

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Madagascar dockworkers protest at Parliament as global union warns Africa against partnering with ICTSI

The plight of the Malagasy 43 – dockworkers sacked in Madagascar for standing up for their rights – has reached the highest levels of the Madgascan Government with protests at Parliament and meetings scheduled with Government to try and resolve the dispute.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and local Madagascan union SYGMMA will be […]

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DP World under union microscope

From Port Strategy:

The International Transport Workers’ Federation is to target standards at DP World terminals around the world.

Standards in health and safety, automation and contract labour will be targeted through a newly formed global union alliance formed of 17 unions based in DP World terminals.

The ITF has made this initiative a priority […]

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Strikes cripple Spanish ports

From Politico:

Spain’s more than 6,000 stevedores went on strike Monday, paralyzing the country’s 39 cargo ports, after workers and company bosses failed to agree on job protections following an EU-mandated liberalization of port services.

Nearly all the highly-unionized dockworkers took part in the walkouts, according to the government and the workers.

Prime Minister Mariano […]

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ITF unions stand in solidarity with Spanish dockers

ITF news release:

June 5, 2017: ITF dockers have unanimously offered their solidarity and practical support to dockers in Spain who are on strike.

ITF and ETF affiliates have unanimously passed an emergency motion during their section conference in Cape Town.

Comisiones Obreras and UGT members walked out at 8am this morning (Monday […]

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ITF reveals international supply chain agreement threat

From Port Technology:

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), a global trade union federation, has deemed an international agreement a risk for maritime workers and citizens due to the potential impacts of companies in the transport industry gaining too much power.

In a campaign launch announcement against the agreement, the ITF accused the European Union […]

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