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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.

New Zealand unions protest new TPP trade pact, now known as CPTPP

From NZ City:x

The recently revived Trans-Pacific Partnership hasn’t won over everyone as Wellington union members and activists get set to protest the trade agreement.

The Wellington branches of TPP Free, It’s Our Future and Unions Wellington will oppose the agreement at an event on Thursday at Rutherford House where Minister of Trade David Parker […]

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MUA reaches deal at ICTSI terminal in Australia

From Maritime Executive:

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) reached a deal with Victoria International Container Terminal in Melbourne for the partial reinstatement of a union member who was terminated in November, ending a three-week picket line that blocked the gates and trapped millions of dollars in cargo on the pier.

The terminal said that […]

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Global turmoil spreads to ICTSI's flagship terminal in Australia

A report released today by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) shows that the industrial turmoil plaguing the operations of embattled global port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) has spread to its flagship terminal in Melbourne, Australia.

Paddy Crumlin, President of the ITF said today that ICTSI has imported its anti-worker business model, […]

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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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MUA and Patrick at battle stations as 'peace deal' looks to be in tatters

Excerpts from the Sydney Morning Herald:

Tension between the Maritime Union of Australia and stevedoring giant Patrick are sharply rising again after the company accused its workers of illegal industrial activity at Sydney’s Port Botany terminal.

A stoush between the union and Patrick will reignite fears of yet another long-running dispute, the worst of […]

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ITF condemns ‘politically motivated’ MV Portland fines

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) Cabotage Taskforce has condemned as ‘unbelivable’ fines requested by Australia’s Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) against crew members of the MV Portland.

ITF Cabotage Taskforce chair James Given stated. “This is shameful, unbelievable news. These men were defending their jobs when they were ejected from the ship that was their […]

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Barangaroo death: Union claims it was blocked from inspecting work site

Our profound condolences go out to Brother Macphereson’s family, friends and colleagues. From the Maritime Union of Australia:

The Maritime Union of Australia says it was recently prevented from conducting a safety inspection at the construction site at Sydney’s Barangaroo where a 32-year-old worker was killed March 1.

Tim Macpherson was crushed to death when […]

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MUA win battle for National Stevedoring Safety Code

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) is celebrating the release of a National Stevedoring Code of Practice (NSCOP) after a seven-year battle to improve safety standards on the waterfront.

The MUA had engaged in an intensive lobbying effort over many years, in the face of opposition from well-resourced stevedores, peak bodies such as the Australian […]

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Union dockers: ‘Greedy global company DP World is trying to take over our jobs’

Linesmen at Ausport Marine who are also Maritime Union of Australia members are worried that terminal operator and stevedore DP World Australia will take over the linesman’s job function, which would affect 250 linesmen, reported Lloyd’s List Australia.

From an article titled ‘MUA linesmen members worried about stevedore job-threat ‘ in Lloyd’s List Australia:

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NYK hit by criminal cartel case in Australia

From Vessel Finder:

”NYK has had its fair share of cartel strife of late,” reports Vessel Finder. ”In March this year an NYK employee in the US was jailed for 15 months following a car carrier price fixing probe. In March 2014 Japan’s Fair Trade Commission ordered NYK to pay Y13bn ($12.2m) on another […]

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ICTSI lines up $300m in financing for highly automated Australian terminal VICT

From Seatrade Maritime:

Graphic rendition of proposed VICT terminal

International Container Terminal Services Inc’s (ICTSI) Australia unit has signed a AUD398m ($300m) loan facility for the construction and development of its highly automated Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT).

The financing will support the ongoing construction of VICT in Melbourne. Construction of the terminal started […]

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Port of Melbourne to be privatised after bill passes Parliament

The Port of Melbourne is one of Australia’s busiest ports.

The Port of Melbourne will be in a sale expected to fetch $6 billion for infrastructure after legislation to lease the country’s biggest container terminal passed the Victorian Parliament.

The Government hopes to use the proceeds to fund the removal of 50 railway level crossings […]

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Cargill closer to competing with Viterra in South Australia ports

Grain ship loading at Port Adelaide in Australia. Prior to Patrick starting its operations at the port, Viterra was the only provider of bulk wheat port terminal services in South Australia.

A draft determination from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) exempting Patrick Stevedoring’s Berth 29 facility at Port Adelaide, Australia, moves Cargill a […]

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ITF notes achievements of ILO meeting

”The meeting additionally provided a forum to raise the case of the Australian government’s unforgivable behavior concerning the MV Portland,” said ITF seafarers’ section chair and ILO Seafarers’ Group spokesperson Dave Heindel.

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has praised the progress made at this week’s maritime meetings of the ILO in Geneva, which […]

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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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