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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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Signing of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal opens up tough battle in U.S.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Representatives of the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations on Thursday formally signed a sweeping free-trade agreement reached last fall, setting in motion what is expected to be a hard battle for approval in national legislatures, none more contentious than in the U.S.

Michael Froman, President Obama’s chief [...]

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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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Europe’s automated terminals face steep hurdles to productivity targets

From the Journal of Commerce:

Rotterdam’s pioneering automated container terminals face tough challenges as they strive to hit ambitious productivity targets in their first full year of operations with the rest of the European waterfront looking on.

The year got off to a bad start, with every container crane in Rotterdam stalled for 24 hours [...]

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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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ILWU Local 21 Longshoremen rescue man from Columbia River

”It could have been just another routine shift for three longshoremen on the Longview port docks,” reports The Daily News. ”Yet their presence on a cold New Year’s Eve morning helped prevent a tragedy.” Photo by The Daily News.

Excerpts from The Daily News:

Millwright Kelly Palmer, 48, of Toutle said he was waiting [...]

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ILA leaders urge members to return to work at Port of New York and New Jersey

Update from the International Longshoremen’s Association:

The leadership of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO urges all ILA members in the Port of New York and New Jersey to accept orders and return to work immediately.

“We have heard your voices, we have heard your concerns, and we have taken action on your behalf,” ILA leaders [...]

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How the presidential election could endanger TPP trade deal

From The Huffington Post:

Leading presidential candidates’ opposition to President Barack Obama’s signature trade agreement is jeopardizing the landmark deal, according to a senior White House official.

The official, who requested anonymity, indicated that they’re paying special attention to Republican front-runner Donald Trump — who called the TPP a “terrible deal” and has expressed his [...]

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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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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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U.S. ports should work with unions on automation, Labor Secretary says

Excerpts from the Wall Street Journal:

U.S. seaports need to consider the interests of organized labor as they move to automate jobs performed by dockworkers today, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said in an interview.

“You can’t impose by fiat automation and expect it to succeed,” he said.

Port automation has hit snags in Los [...]

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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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Port of LA: ‘Flawless' handling of largest mega-ship to call US shows effort paying off

CMA CGM photo of the Benjamin Franklin during its maiden call at the Port of Los Angeles last month.

Published Sunday by the Journal of Commerce:

The flawless discharge and reloading of the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, the largest container ship ever to call at a North American port, proves the Southern California port [...]

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