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.

Fears Brazilian Clout Could Dominate Peru

The towering statue of Jesus on a cliff overlooking the Pacific looks, at first glance, eerily like Rio de Janeiro’s majestic Christ the Redeemer, a famed icon of Brazil on the Atlantic side of the continent. The resemblance is not accidental.

To many Peruvians, the new statue that rises 118 feet (36 meters) has become […]


El Callao debe seguir siendo puerto estatal

Peruvian Congressman and dockworker Luis Negreiros, center, last summer met with the ILWU Coast Longshore Division to discuss problems in Callao. Also pictured are Coast Committeemen Leal Sundet and Ray Ortiz, Jr.

[ENGLISH SUMMARY: In the following interview, Peruvian Congressman and union dockworker Luis Negreiros says the recent concession of Terminal Norte in […]


Peru, Colombia, Chile and Mexico to sign Pacific Agreement on Thursday

Calla, Peru, is just outside of Lima and is the anticipated export point for Latin American goods under the Pacific Agreement. The Port of Callao has been the site of major labor violations against the dockworkers union, SUTRAMPORPC.

The governments of Peru, Colombia, Chile and Mexico will sign the Pacific Agreement on Thursday in […]


Peru, Mexico sign trade deal; aim to integrate Chile and Columbia

Peru and Mexico on Wednesday here signed a trade agreement with the aim of jointly reaching out to Asia, an undertaking that they want Chile and Colombia to join.

Peruvian President Alan Garcia said that “it’s a decisive step to draw closer to Mexico, but also it’s a preliminary step for the project on which […]


Wikileaks: Cables point to US interference in Peru Election

Alejandro Toledo during his first presidency, in 2002, expanded the neoliberal model and crafted a free trade agreement that gave the U.S. unlimited mining rights in exchange for few concessions. He is likely to win the upcoming election and return to the presidency in 2011.

As an academically-trained free market economist, Alejandro Toledo is the […]


The fight for union autonomy and workers’ rights in Latin America

Coast Longshore Division supports dockworkers and their unions

Published in the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter, Winter 2010 issue.

In the past year, the Coast Committee has become increasingly involved in regional solidarity through direct support of dockworkers in Latin America. Latin American dockworkers are seeing the social contracts that they have with their governments systematically […]


ILWU President urges Peru: Make DP World respect international labor laws

Peru Congressman Luis Negreiros (center), a lifelong longshore worker, with ILWU Coast Committeemen Leal Sundet and Ray Ortiz, Jr.

Coast Committeemen Ray Ortiz, Jr. and Leal Sundet recently met with Peruvian Congressman and lifelong dockworker Luis Negreiros to discuss the ongoing attack on longshore union rights in Peru. Ortiz, Sundet and Negreiros had frank […]