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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.

Prominent Australian union leader faces court after supporting MUA dockers at ICTSI terminal

Luke Hilakari, secretary of the Victorian Trades Hall Council, VICT to explain how it discovered his private address and why it served him at home on a Saturday afternoon rather than at his office at Trades Hall. Photo: Pat Scala

From a Sydney Morning Herald article titled ‘High-profile union leader faces court over waterfront […]

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After protesting at ICTSI terminal, Australian unionist served legal papers at family home

From an article titled ‘Webb dock escalation met with escalation’ in Australasian Transport News:

Luke Hilakari

In what looks like a serious escalation of the Webb Dock dispute that has halted container transport out of Victoria International ContainerTerminal (VICT), the Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC) says secretary Luke Hilakari was served with legal documents.

Hilakari […]

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More than 1000 workers protest ICTSI's terminal in Australia

Courtesy News Corp Australia

From an article titled ‘Militant unions escalate picket at Webb Dock’ at News Corp Australia:

More than 1000 fired-up union workers have walked off the job in an industrial dispute over a casual worker denied shifts at the Victorian International Container Terminal.

In an expletive-ridden speech, CFMEU boss John Setka […]

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ICTSI ‘not welcome in Africa’

Global port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) is facing continued resistance to their Africa expansion plans, with the Philippines-owned company again the target of demonstrations, this time in Durban, South Africa.

A maritime industry conference featuring a speaker from the embattled ports company will be hit by protest action from worker and community […]

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Port of Astoria affirms plan to leave North Tongue Point

From The Daily Astorian:

The Port of Astoria has struggled to make the former U.S. Navy base at North Tongue Point profitable since leasing the land in 2009.

With Hyack Maritime preparing to close on its purchase of North Tongue Point next month, the Port of Astoria Commission voted 4-1 to give a proposed termination […]

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Dockworkers at ICTSI in Papua New Guinea walk off jobs, calling contract a 'national disgrace'

Support for Papua New Guinea workers at ICTSI terminal. ITF photo.

From the Papua New Guinea Post Courier:

More than 1000 maritime workers walked off work in Port Moresby, Motukea and Lae wharves yesterday in protest over a 25-year stevedoring contract given to 40 Filipino workers from the International Container Terminal Service Inc.

Maritime […]

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ICTSI had several OSHA safety violations in U.S., faces allegations of 'mass firings, poverty wages' at global ports

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) reports that workers in Madagascar are some of the lowest paid in the world, some earning less than US$40 per month. In 2012, many of these workers joined the Syndicat Général Maritime de Madagascar (SYGMMA) to fight for an end to precarious, low-paid, and unsafe working conditions at […]

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ILWU wins major organizing victory on the docks in Southern California

ILWU Local 63 organizing victory, October 2017.

From the Dispatcher:

On October 5th, newly organized ILWU members were sworn into Local 63 as part of an on-going campaign to organize the superintendents in the ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach. Superintendents from Pasha, Eagle Marine Services (Operations Center), California United Terminals and West Coast Terminal […]

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Port worker crushed by container at ICTSI in Jakarta identified as Nasrul Nasution

40-year-old Nasrul Nasution was tragically killed in a worksite accident at the ICTSI terminal in Jakarta, Indonesia last week.

Our profound condolences go out to Mr. Nasution’s family, friends and colleagues. An Injury to One is an Injury to All.

Excerpts from an article titled ‘Worker Deaths Leads to Union Call for Full Investigation […]

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Container ship service returning to Port of Portland in 2018

From Oregon Public Broadcasting:

More than a year and a half after the final ship sailed following a bitter labor dispute at Oregon’s only international container terminal, container ship service is poised to return to the Port of Portland in January.

Starting in January, Hong Kong-based Swire Shipping will start calls at the Port of […]

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Dockworkers mourn port worker killed at ICTSI terminal in Jakarta

The international dockworkers’ community is in mourning following the death of an Indonesian worker who was killed on the job at the International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) facility in Jakarta this week.

Local unions say a 40-year-old man was fatally crushed at 22.10 local time when a refrigerated container was dropped onto his truck, […]

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ILWU members from West Coast ports travel to support Kalama Export workers

ILWU members from West Coast ports from Seattle to Los Angeles convened on Nov. 8, 2017, to support workers at Kalama Export Company who are receiving substandard benefits while all other eight Northwest grain export elevators meet the industry standard. Photo by ILWU Local 21 longshoreman J.J. Burkey

Kalama Export is the only grain […]

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House reps: Shore up security funding at LA, Long Beach ports

Excerpts from the LA Daily News:

While praising efforts to protect the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports from terrorist and cyber attacks, members of Congress aired concerns Monday about threats to public safety and the economy if federal funding for maritime security programs isn’t raised to meet new threats.

At a rare on-site […]

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Port of Longview candidate wants to 'loosen port’s ties to the ILWU' and open port to non-union labor

‘That worked well with EGT didn’t it?’ said Averett, referring to the 2011 labor unrest when the ILWU clashed with EGT over jurisdiction.

Excerpts from an article titled ‘Labor, fossil fuels and taxes take center stage in port race’ in The Daily News:

Port Commissioner Doug Averett is defending his seat against Kent Preston, who […]

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Commonwealth Club building preserves ILWU history

Honoring longshore history: Bay Area Pensioner President Lawrence Thibeaux and ILWU International Secretary-Treasurer Willie Adams in front of the plaque commemorating the 1934 Waterfront Strike outside of the Commonwealth Club’s new headquarters.

Excerpts from The Dispatcher:

The story begins almost ten years ago when the Commonwealth Club – America’s oldest public affairs forum – […]

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