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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.

Dole deploys container ships on Latin America-California route

Dole’s deployment of the Dole Pacific on regular service between California and Latin America is the latest sign of how refrigerated ship operators are turning increasingly to container ships from traditional break bulk vessels.

The $56 million Dole Pacific, and its sister ships, the Dole Atlantic and Dole Caribbean, have capacities of 770 forty-foot-equivalent units, […]

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Costa Rican dockers and union allies confirm indefinite strike starting Monday

Translated from an article in Costa Rica Hoy:

The union group Patria Justa confirmed Thursday to Costa Rican president Luis Guillermo Solis that on Monday October 26, officials from Limón docks, Recope, ICE, health, education and several municipalities will join an indefinite strike starting at 6:00 am.

The union held a meeting with the president […]

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Costa Rica unionists file criminal charges against lawmaker for calling them 'bums'

Note: Spanish-language media report that the word Solis used was ‘vagabundos.’

Solis allegedly made the remarks during a July 24th press conference, three days before planned strikes and demonstrations by unionists were to take place.

Unionists from the National Association of Public and Private Employees (ANEP) announced Monday that they have filed criminal charges against […]

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APM Terminals to break ground on new $1 billion deep-water port in Costa Rica

Initial construction is set to begin on Costa Rica’s largest infrastructure project, the $1 billion Moín container terminal, after years of delays.

The first of the project’s three phases is set for completion in three years and involves the construction of an artificial island west of the existing port of Moín. The new container terminal […]

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Blear revalida su dominio en Sintrajap por dos años más

[NOTE: Ronaldo Blear has been reelected as Secretary General of dockworkers union SINTRAJAP in Costa Rica for his sixth 2-year term. He represents more than 1,000 union dockworkers and ‘will continue defending their union agreement and organization from privatization interests.’ For more information on the battle for SINTRAJAP jobs in the face of a massive […]

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First victory in Costa Rica port strike battle

Costa Rica’s SINTRAJAP dockers’ union has won a commitment from the country’s government to re-examine the future of the vital ports of Limon and Moin, along with a promise to cease police violence against strikers. In response the union has agreed to put its 15 day strike – which has been supported by trade unions […]

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Use of non-union dockworkers in Costa Rica draws in ITF

A dockworker strike in Limon, Costa Rica, on Oct. 26, 2014, was disrupted by more than 100 Costa Rican law enforcement officials protecting the monopolistic concession to APM Terminals. Photo by Juventud Frente Amplio.

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

The International Transport Workers’ Federation condemned actions taken against striking Costa Rican dockworkers Tuesday, […]

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Costa Rica presents US$750mn investment plan to settle union dispute

Costa Rica’s labor ministry (MTSS) presented a formal proposal outlining a 406bn-colón (US$751mn) investment plan intended to strengthen Atlantic port authority Japdeva and develop projects in Limón province.

The proposal seeks to resolve an ongoing dispute between the government and the Japdeva labor union Sintrajap.

Some 270bn colones would go to widen the Braulio Carillo […]

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Costa Rica’s Labor Ministry suspends talks with unions over port project after president’s picture burned

Costa Rica’s Labor Minister Victor Morales announced that negotiations with the dockworkers union SINTRAJAP would be suspended until its leaders issued a public statement denouncing the burning of President Luis Guillermo Solís’ image outside union headquarters in the Caribbean port of Limón on Monday. Negotiations were originally scheduled to continue at the Labor Ministry on […]

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APM Terminals concession in Costa Rica leads to protests, police brutality, militarization of docks

Costa Rican police invade the ports; SINTRAJAP union General Secretary Ronaldo Blear Blear speaks on the right.

This 10-minute Costa Rican news segment shows dozens of police officers descending on SINTRAJAP union dockworkers and their community supporters who are protesting APM Terminals’ concession — a concession that gives the terminal operator a monopoly that […]

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ITF condemns Costa Rican government, ‘will fight’ port violence

Police brutality during community protest against APM Terminals in Limon, Costa Rica, October 2014.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation has strongly condemned the actions of the Costa Rican government after hundreds of police officers stormed Puerto Limon’s Moin and Limon terminals last Thursday 23rd October, violently attacking workers and arresting 68 men and women […]

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Costa Rica intervenes to stop strike at port, arrests 68

Costa Rican police arrested 68 people in the country’s main Atlantic port on Wednesday after a strike over plans to expand the hub threatened to paralyse shipping.

The stevedores’ union, SINTRAJAP, launched an indefinite strike on Wednesday, leaving three ships stranded and unable to unload cargo after APM Terminals won a Supreme Court decision this […]

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Dockworkers strike over APMT terminal agreement in Costa Rica

Dockworkers in Costa Rica walked off the job Wednesday, continuing a long battle over a proposed container terminal operated by APM Terminals with a strike.

Union leaders described the strike as “indefinite.” The union, which represents workers working at terminal overseen by the Atlantic Port Authority (JAPDEVA), had threatened a strike for several days after […]

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Strikes could cripple Costa Rica’s Atlantic ports this week

[Note: SINTRAJAP union leaders have informed us that their peaceful protest today has completely shut down the Ports of Limon and Moin.]

The Union of Allied Port Workers (Sintrajap) is calling for a general strike this week that could cripple the country’s Atlantic ports, spurred on with support from the union that represents workers of […]

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Port workers threatening strike after court decision on Moín mega-terminal

Costa Rican dockworkers have been pushing back on privatization and the loss of union jobs and public programs for several years, including during this invasion of their SINTRAJAP union hall by federal police in 2010.

The Union of Allied Port Workers (Sintrajap) is threatening a strike after Costa Rica’s Constitutional Court dismissed an appeal last […]

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