The Associated Press has reported:
A Portland longshoreman sustained minor injuries after getting hit by a truck while picketing at the Port of Portland.
Jennifer Sargent, a spokeswoman for the International Longshore & Warehouse Union, says the worker is recovering at home after injuring his knee, elbow and back. She declined to release his identity.
Nine boats with longshore union supporters tried to block a grain ship at the Port of Kalama on Tuesday morning, causing the Coast Guard to board one boat and issue warnings to all the others.
The incident is a spillover of a Vancouver dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and United Grain. Protesters [...]
Workers fighting for improved pay and decent working conditions at the Port of Hong Kong have voted to call off their industrial action after accepting an improved wage offer and promises of further negotiations on working conditions – as well as an assurance that there will be no retaliation against workers who participated in the [...]
Mining giant Rio Tinto, through its subsidiary Coal & Allied, is a shareholder in PWCS.
Workers at Port Waratah Coal Services (PWCS) in Newcastle are poised to launch protected industrial action after an impasse in negotiations, the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) says.
Workers at the Kooragang Island and Carrington sites have voted on a [...]
Workers and protesters holding a defaced portrait of Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing and banners reading “right of collective negotiation,” “low pay subsidy” and “retire security” march to the government’s office during a May Day rally in Hong Kong Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Hundreds of workers, local labor rights groups and striking dockworkers joined [...]
The ITF is welcoming the news that a strike by members of the Swedish Transport Workers’ Union (STWU) was called off after just 45 minutes earlier this week following agreement with the Swedish Road Transport Employers Association (SRTEA) on a new contract for workers.
Industrial action, which started at noon on Wednesday 24 April (11.00 [...]
As the Hong Kong dockworkers’ strike for better pay and working conditions enters its fourth week, some analysts believe there could be long-term economic repercussions for the city and port.
Since March 28, lines and shippers have suffered serious delays or been forced to reroute services to avoid calls at facilities operated by Hongkong International [...]
The strike has prompted shipping lines to divert vessels to Shenzhen, China, from Hong Kong’s harbor, and is the biggest revolt against Li, 84, Asia’s richest man. About 450 workers, mostly crane operators and stevedores, walked out on March 28, seeking higher wages and better working conditions as rising living costs and record home [...]
Chan Chiu-wai and Paddy Crumlin Radio Interview:
Hundreds of contract workers in the port of Hong Kong are on strike for decent pay and working conditions. Meanwhile port workers in Vancouver, USA, are locked out as their employer tries to break the union.
A RadioLabour interview with Chan Chiu-wai of the Hong Kong Confederation of [...]
A flier posted at the Maritime Union of Australia shows a few of the many reasons why Hong Kong dockworkers have been forced to strike for better working conditions:
Download the full flier at this MUA link.
USMX has issued the following news release:
Vote Concludes 13 Months of Negotiations with Longshoremen
NEWARK, N.J. (April 17, 2013) — After more than a year of bargaining, members of the United States Maritime Alliance, Ltd. (USMX) voted today to ratify a new six-year Master Contract with the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA). The approval came [...]
In a mark of international solidarity, a delegation of Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) unionists and rank-and-file workers is in Hong Kong to join the Kwai Tsing dockworkers on the picket line.
MUA National Secretary and President of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), Paddy Crumlin, said Australian maritime workers have been deeply disturbed [...]
Hutchison Port Holdings’ earnings are expected to struggle in fiscal year 2013, as labor disruption at the Port of Hong Kong is likely to drive up wages and limit Hongkong International Terminals’ subcontracted labor flexibility, according to a report by Citi Research.
Revenue at Hutchison Port Holding’s Port of Hong Kong has been impacted by [...]
Striking Hong Kong dockworkers. Photo by the South China Morning Post.
Striking dockers vowed action with the effect of a “nuclear bomb” if talks with contractors in the dispute over their pay and conditions break down today.
The threat came as a government source said the administration had set an objective of settling the [...]
From the International Longshoremen’s Association. April 9:
A new six-year Master Contract, covering some 14,500 waterfront workers belonging to the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO (ILA) was overwhelming approved by ILA members today in a ratification vote conducted at ports on the Atlantic and Gulf Coast. The ILA negotiated this new Master Contract with United States [...]