Disclaimer

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.

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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ILWU Longshore Division sends $20,000 to Hong Kong: 'Dockworkers support each other'

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Brother Cheuk-yan:

The ILWU Coast Longshore Division recently met in Caucus with 81 democratically elected delegates from 30 United States West Coast ports. At this Caucus, your strike in Hong Kong was thoroughly discussed, and it was unanimously agreed that the ILWU would do everything possible to ensure […]

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IDC denounces violations of union rights at COSCO PCT

Piraeus Container Terminal, Greece

Recent reports from Greece have drawn the attention of the International Dockworkers Council (IDC) to the poor conditions of employment and the violation of basic union rights at the Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT), which operates Pier 2 on behalf of the COSCO Group.

Antolin Goya, IDC General Coordinator said, “It […]

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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 […]

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ILWU Presidente al gobierno Peruano: DP World debe respetar la ley

14 de julio de 2010

Excelentísimo Dr. Alan García Pérez Presidente de la Republica del Perú Jr. de la Unión S/N 1ra. Cuadra, Cercado de Lima Lima, Perú

Excmo. Sr. Presidente García:

Le escribo de un asunto que es motivo de creciente preocupación para el Sindicato Internacional de Trabajadores Portuarios y Almacenistas (ILWU, por sus […]

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An open letter to President Obama on Costa Rica's labor violations

The following letter is also available in pdf format and in Spanish. La carta siguiente se puede leer en español.

June 17, 2010

The Honorable Barack Obama President, United States of America The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington, DC 20500

President Obama:

This letter is a follow up to my April 22, 2010 letter […]

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Estimado Presidente Barack Obama: Salvemos la democracia, salvemos SINTRAJAP

22 de abril de 2010

Honorable Sr. Barack Obama Presidente de los Estados Unidos de América La Casa Blanca 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, DC 20500

Sr. Presidente Obama:

Me tomo la libertad de dirigirme a usted sobre un asunto que es motivo de gran inquietud para el Sindicato Internacional de Trabajadores Portuarios y Almacenistas (ILWU) […]

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ILWU President McEllrath urges President Obama to take immediate action to stop attack on Costa Rican dockers

“You cannot promote trade agreements in the Western Hemisphere as mechanisms to encourage countries to provide enforceable labor standards and at the same time stand idly by while the Costa Rican Government ousts the democratically elected leadership of a union, freezes its bank accounts, and militarizes the ports in the build up to […]

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