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.

Millions strike in India over 'anti-labour' reforms

All India Trade Union Congress secretary Gurudas Dasgupta said the response had been ‘magnificent’ and estimated over 150 million workers participated in the strike. Major ports were shut down.

Millions of workers across India went on strike Wednesday in protest at planned labour law reforms, the biggest show of strength by trade unions since [...]


Beefed-up labour force helps Port of Oakland clear vessel backlog

The Port of Oakland announced on Tuesday that a backlog of vessels in San Francisco Bay is clearing thanks mainly to increased manpower at the Port’s docks.

According to the Port’s media release, Tuesday marked the sixth successive day no ships were waiting at anchor for any of its five terminals. That’s in contrast with [...]


Global campaign launched to end sackings and union busting at Polish port

A global campaign is being launched in support of Maciek Konopka and his colleagues at Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) Gdansk as union-busting activity by management reaches new heights.

Maciek Konopka has been sacked from his role at the terminal after 6 years of fixed term contracts, ostensibly because he is a visible and active [...]


Agreement with port management ends Mumbai hunger strike

A hunger strike at Gateway Terminals India (GTI) Mumbai that lasted for 17 days has come to an end after management of port operator APM Terminals (APMT) agreed to address union demands over a group of operations and maintenance staff, ITF said in its press release.

Following a summit between management and the union, [...]


New safety concerns rising with expanding Panama Canal

In the existing locks, ships are also tethered to electric locomotives, called mules, which run along the dock walls and help align the ships correctly. In the new locks, there will be no mules — an issue that concerns the local workforce.

From BBC News:

A new lane is being built to allow ships [...]


Costa Rica unionists file criminal charges against lawmaker for calling them 'bums'

Note: Spanish-language media report that the word Solis used was ‘vagabundos.’

Solis allegedly made the remarks during a July 24th press conference, three days before planned strikes and demonstrations by unionists were to take place.

Unionists from the National Association of Public and Private Employees (ANEP) announced Monday that they have filed criminal charges against [...]


Sydney Hutchison workers return to work

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Sydney workers fired by Hutchison Ports via email a week ago have returned to work following an interim court injunction ruling that they cannot be sacked.

About 100 workers in Brisbane and Sydney were celebrating Thursday night’s [...]


Consortium expanding Panama canal reaches deal with union, avoids strike

A Spanish-led consortium working to expand the Panama Canal has reached an initial deal with workers to raise wages and head off a proposed strike, both sides said on Tuesday.

The workers’ union had threatened to go on strike on Wednesday unless GUPC consortium, made up of Spanish builder Sacyr, Italy’s Salini Impregilo and Belgium’s [...]


Hutchison Port Dispute: Workers continue with their protest defying calls to return

As industrial disputes continue, workers at a port in Sydney say that they will remain in their position until the problem is solved.

Last Friday, Hutchison Port’s workers started with their demonstrations at various ports in Sydney and Melbourne after the company informed sacking of 100 workers via email.

The Fair Work Commission ordered the [...]


TPP Pacific trade deal puts profit over people: Labor activists

Campaigners for workers’ rights complain that they have been denied a voice in the trade talks, and have raised concerns about part of the deal that would allow corporations to sue governments for the potential loss of future profits.

“Corporate rights are treated as portable, binding and protected by enforceable laws in global trade agreements, [...]


Hiring 100 workers, Port of San Diego ‘strengthens ILWU Local 29 and keeps customers happy’

Workers completed paperwork and received information on what the next steps are before beginning their jobs as casuals. Photo by the Unified Port of San Diego.

Port of San Diego news release:

Hiring of New ILWU Local 29 Workers Signifies Increase in Maritime Business

The Port of San Diego hosted an employee orientation [...]


Outrageous order: Australian judge says union must pay scabs

From an article titled ”Maritime union ordered to pay up over ‘scabs’ posters at Fremantle port” by the Australian Associated Press:

The Maritime Union of Australia has been ordered to pay thousands of dollars in penalties and compensation to five employees named as “scabs” in posters distributed at Fremantle port.

Federal court justice Antony Siopis [...]


Hutchison Ports workers defy back-to-work order as protests continue

A truck drives in, and straight back out, at Port Botany in support of striking workers. (ABC News | Rachel Pupazzoni)

From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Striking port workers in Sydney say they will defy the industrial umpire’s order to cease industrial action and return to work.

Hutchison Ports workers have been picketing ports [...]


Ports blockade: Workers refuse to unload boats in Brisbane and Sydney

Hundreds of protesters at the Port of Brisbane say they will maintain a picket line until Hutchison reverses its decision. (AAP: Dan Peled)

From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

Protesting workers have refused to unload the first cargo ship to arrive at Hutchison Port operations since the company sacked 97 workers in Brisbane and Sydney [...]


Queensland Treasurer joins ports union protest

Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt called Hutchison Ports’s method of firing the workers a ‘cowardly act.’

Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt has joined unions protesting the sacking of almost 100 dockers by late-night texts and emails.

Hours before a Fair Work Commission hearing into the sacking of 97 Hutchison Ports workers in Sydney and Brisbane, Mr [...]