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.

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 […]


Giant strike planned at Korea’s eight top shipyards

Strikes at Korean yards are becoming more common as anger grows at senior management and the government This photo was taken in September 2015 when workers struck at Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, South Korea.

From Vesselfinder:

Workers at eight of South Korea’s largest shipyards will go on strike on July 20 as a […]


IDC and ITF meet to defend dockers’ rights

IDC-ITF joint press statement:

5 February 2016

Representatives of the International Dockworkers’ Council (IDC) and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) met in Barcelona, Spain, today to explore how to work together to defend dockers’ jobs and rights.

The one-day meeting agreed the following statement of intent:

Representatives of the International Dockworkers’ Council (IDC) and International […]


Dockworkers unite to fight Hutchison's union-busting tactics 'to the end'

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Hutchison’s Ports Terminal was a tremendous event with workers from all sectors of the industry, community members, politicians, and a host of out fraternal unions taking the fight up to Hutchison’s doors at Port Botany.

Hundreds of angry wharfies and […]


Ghana dockworker leader: ‘Privatization of port operations leading to job losses’

”It is important for us to recognize that the employment of permanent and unionized skilled dock workers is necessary for the creation of a safe working environment at the ports,” Owusu-Koranteng explained at the ITF workshop.

The General Secretary of the Maritime and Dock Workers Union (MDU), Mr Daniel Owusu-Koranteng, has observed that the […]


MUA takes Patrick to court over jobs

Ian Bray, MUA Assistant National Secretary, says Patrick has received a payment of at least $18.5 million from the Victorian government and it was in Victoria’s interests that Patrick retain permanent jobs.

The Maritime Union of Australia is taking Patrick Stevedores to court, saying it wants to stop the company from making workers redundant while […]


Patrick Stevedores handed millions of dollars for Port of Melbourne hold-up

MUA assistant secretary Ian Bray said it was disgraceful that the state government had refused to reveal the size of the payout, with the money transferred directly to shareholders rather than being used to retain staff. ”If Patrick gets its way, three out of four workers at … Webb Dock will have to sit […]


Egyptian dockworkers maintain strike over employment status at DP World terminal

From Ahram Online:

1,200 workers say that Dubai-based DP World had promised permanent employment and has failed to deliver. ‘DP World’s management of the port is a failure,’ said union leader Mostafa Ali. ‘They are failing in all of the seaports under their management – in the Port of Aden in Yemen and […]


Great relief for Auckland wharfies and their families

MUNZ victory in Auckland

Auckland wharfies are today relieved to hear that they can return to work to get the Port up and running again for Auckland.

Following further hearings before the Employment Court this morning, Ports of Auckland has withdrawn its lockout notice and stopped its plan to dismiss its workforce and contract […]


New Zealand: Port will pay wages to some union workers during lockout

ILWU VP Ray Familathe with MUNZ President Garry Parsloe, March 2012. Photo by Dawn Des Brisay, ILWU Local 40 President.

Ports of Auckland has agreed to pay some of its unionised workers a week’s wages before a planned lockout on April 6.

An Employment Court judge today heard the company’s “good faith” pledge to […]


MUNZ Wins But Lock-Out Battle Continues

Auckland port workers have won a court injunction against having their jobs contracted out until mid-May, but with no guarantee of being allowed back on the wharves.

The port company has also undertaken to pay eight days’ wages tomorrow to permanent staff who voted last Thursday to end a four-week strike but have not […]


New Zealand ports plans now looking like a train wreck

From SaveOurPort.com

From SaveOurPort.com:

Today’s injunction stopping Ports of Auckland progressing its plans to dismiss and replace its workforce, combined with the company’s plan of an indefinite lockout, leaves Auckland Council with no choice but to intervene to find a workable solution to the industrial dispute, the Maritime Union said today.

Today the Employment […]


Ports negotiator alleged to have sought workers

A Ports of Auckland manager who was at the bargaining table with the Maritime Union has been linked to a company hiring non-union wharfies.

The man has allegedly been recruiting staff for a new company, Pacific Crew Holdings Ltd, which was registered with the Companies Office on February 27.

The timing of the new company […]


New Zealand's Ports of Auckland plays hardball after talks

The battle between the Ports of Auckland and its wharfies escalated again yesterday, despite both sides agreeing to head back to mediation.

As watersiders met at noon to vote on whether to end their current strike the port company issued the Maritime Union with a notice locking the workers out.

It has given […]


Wharfies supported after ‘disturbing’ lock-out notice

MUNZ longshoremen have been joined on a waterfront picket line by about 60 Auckland University students. New Zealand Herald photo.

Auckland university students and politicians have joined wharfies protesting a “disturbing” move to lock them out of Ports of Auckland.

Ports workers were served an official lockout notice from Ports of Auckland management this […]