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.

Worker dies after driving into canal in heavy rains during auto job in Belgium

Very sad news from Belgium, translated from a Dutch report. Rest in Peace, brother. An Injury to One is an Injury to All.

At the port of Zeebrugge, a man has died after he drove into the water with his car. The accident happened around 6:25 pm near the Alfred Ronsestraat.

It’s believed he […]


CNN: Putin, far-right parties pleased as Trump win shocks world

Excerpts from CNN:

Republican candidate Donald Trump’s ascension to the White House has sent shock waves around the world. But it appears to have pleased one leader in particular — Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Within hours of Trump’s victory speech early Wednesday, Putin congratulated the US president-elect and flagged Moscow’s willingness to restore ties […]


Fire erupted on car carrier Silver Sky at Port of Antwerp

The fire on the Silver Sky originated in one of the car decks. It is unknown how many vehicles were on fire and the damages will be assessed after further inspection, reports the Maritime Herald.

Car Carrier Silver Sky fireFire erupted on the cargo decks of car carrier Silver Sky at the port of […]


ITF backs industrial action at Port of Rotterdam

“Our livelihoods and the future of our families and our communities rely on decent, secure jobs and those things are worth fighting for.” — Niek Stam, FNV Havens secretary

ITF news release: January 7, 2016

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and ETF (European Transport Workers’ Federation) are supporting their affiliated Dutch dockers’ […]


Thinking inside the box on Workers’ Memorial Day

By Paddy Crumlin, National Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the President of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

Unsafe containers affect workers in every section of the transport chain – that makes it a trade union issue.

Today, on International Workers’ Memorial Day we remember the dockers, seafarers, truck drivers, railway […]


3 port workers die in coal ship near Antwerp, Belgium

Our condolences go out to the families, friends and co-workers of the deceased.

Three port workers were involved in a fatal accident in Waaslandhaven, close to the port of Antwerp. The accident happened at the transport company Euroports in Kallo (East Flanders), Burgomaster Marc Van de Vijver (CD&V) confirmed.

“We heard that the 3 victims […]


Panama Canal Authority to appeal US$233m award to contractors

The Panama Canal Authority said on Tuesday it had asked for an international arbitration panel to review a decision to award US$233 million to the consortium expanding the canal in a dispute over cement quality.

The consortium, led by Spain’s Sacyr and Italy’s Salini Impregilo, and including Belgium’s Jan de Nul and Panama’s CUSA, said […]


Rotterdam to triple tariff discounts for transshipped containers

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

The port of Rotterdam will triple the discount on tariffs for deep-sea containers that are transshipped to other ports in Europe over the next three years in a move likely to trigger a response from its main rival Hamburg.

”This stimulates the largest, heavily loaded container ships to call […]


Arbitration on Panama Canal dispute to begin in Miami

GUPC — which includes Sacyr Vallehermoso (Spain), Salini Impregilo (Italy), Jan del Nul Group (Belgium) and Constructora Urbana (Panama) — walked off the job for two weeks in February after several weeks of negotiations failed.

Arbitration of the first claim in a $1.6 billion dispute over cost overruns in the expansion of the Panama Canal […]


Dockworkers urged to support 13 January action week for Port of Lisbon

The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and International Dockworkers’ Council (IDC) have pledged their support in a meeting on 17 December, for dockworkers in Lisbon who have been under prolonged attack from their government and employers, the ETF said in a media release.

Working conditions for Portuguese dockworkers, particularly those at the port of Lisbon, […]


Port workers in 10 nations taking on IKEA

Port unions in 10 nations, including the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, demonstrated Dec. 17 against multinational furniture giant Ikea’s lockout of 350 Teamsters workers from its Richmond, British Columbia, store since May 13.

The protests, arranged by the London-based International Transport Workers Federation, occurred in Tokyo, Rotterdam, Holland, Vancouver, B.C., Gothenburg, Sweden, Helsinki, […]


Unions shame Turkish PM with worldwide actions

Turkish union members and other protesters are suffering a heavy-handed response from the government.

British trade unions, the TUC (Trades Union Congress) and Turkish community groups will be among those joining the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) in London tomorrow to protest at the savage repression taking place in Istanbul. The UK action is […]


Judge declares mistrial in protest-related trial of ILWU Pres. McEllrath; Jury can't reach verdict after examining evidence

Pres. McEllrath is the latest in a long line of workers prosecuted by Cowlitz County for labor demonstrations last summer; Local small business owner says County law enforcement should close chapter and focus legal resources on more serious crimes

LONGVIEW, WA (June 30, 2012) — After two days of trial for a simple misdemeanor, […]


ILWU president's trial over Port of Longview protest begins

‘In ports throughout the world, there’s very similar situations taking place where longshoremen are fighting for their rights for work that they have historically, traditionally done,’ said ILWU International Vice President Ray Familathe. ‘We stand behind President McEllrath’s statement, that ‘fighting for good jobs should not be a crime,’ and that’s what this is […]