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.

Jakartan dockworkers call on Hutchison-owned Watsons to stand up for workers’ rights

As a result of Hutchison’s refusal to negotiate in good faith, ITF affiliate, Serikat Pekerja Jakarta International Container Terminal (SPJICT), has been forced to ramp up its campaign. Today, in Jakarta, union members and their supporters took the campaign from the waterfront to Hutchison-owned health and beauty retailer Watsons.

Paddy Crumlin, President of the […]


ITF mobilises international support for Indonesian dockers

Photo courtesy ITF

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has mobilised international support for dock workers in Indonesia. ITF member union Serikat Pekerja Jakarta International Container Terminal (SPJICT) will be striking until 10 August over ruthless attacks to workers’ rights – in particular to pension rights and performance bonuses – which terminal management has […]


Australian unions take up ICTSI dockworkers case with Indonesian Minister

The Indonesian Government is coming under pressure to intervene in a major industrial dispute developing with port operator ICTSI after Australian unions protested and delivered a joint letter to the Indonesian Minister for National Development Planning Bambang Brodjonegoro in Canberra today.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and local Indonesian union FBTPI organised the protest […]


HPH to weigh boxes at most of its terminals

From the Journal of Commerce:

Hutchison Port Holdings said the majority of terminals in its global network will offer container-weighing services to help supply chain stakeholders comply with the amendment to the SOLAS convention that requires all containers to have a verified gross mass before they are loaded onto a vessel.

HPH said its network […]


New deal brings Australian workers back to the docks

”Workers are essential to the productivity and good health of any successful enterprise, and have a social and legal right to be treated with respect and decency regardless of commercial cycles.” — Paddy Crumlin, ITF President and national secretary of the MUA

100 days after mass sackings Dockers sacked by global network terminal (GNT) […]


Hutchison Ports Australia and the MUA extend negotiations on workers sacked by email

Hutchison Ports Australia (HPA) has signed a new agreement with the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) to extend until November negotiations over the sacking of 97 port workers by text message and email in August.

According to the parties’ new agreement, negotiations will be extended until November 16 under the auspices of Anna Booth, deputy […]


Hutchison Port Dispute: Workers continue with their protest defying calls to return

As industrial disputes continue, workers at a port in Sydney say that they will remain in their position until the problem is solved.

Last Friday, Hutchison Port’s workers started with their demonstrations at various ports in Sydney and Melbourne after the company informed sacking of 100 workers via email.

The Fair Work Commission ordered the […]


Hutchison Ports workers defy back-to-work order as protests continue

A truck drives in, and straight back out, at Port Botany in support of striking workers. (ABC News | Rachel Pupazzoni)

From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Striking port workers in Sydney say they will defy the industrial umpire’s order to cease industrial action and return to work.

Hutchison Ports workers have been picketing ports […]


Ports blockade: Workers refuse to unload boats in Brisbane and Sydney

Hundreds of protesters at the Port of Brisbane say they will maintain a picket line until Hutchison reverses its decision. (AAP: Dan Peled)

From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

Protesting workers have refused to unload the first cargo ship to arrive at Hutchison Port operations since the company sacked 97 workers in Brisbane and Sydney […]


Queensland Treasurer joins ports union protest

Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt called Hutchison Ports’s method of firing the workers a ‘cowardly act.’

Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt has joined unions protesting the sacking of almost 100 dockers by late-night texts and emails.

Hours before a Fair Work Commission hearing into the sacking of 97 Hutchison Ports workers in Sydney and Brisbane, Mr […]


‘Not the Australian way’: Sacked Hutchison Ports workers protest midnight sacking

Workers form a picket line at Hutchison Ports in Botany, NSW after 97 employees from Sydney and Brisbane were sacked by email. Courtesy ABC News 24

Sacked Hutchison Ports Australia workers have angrily dismissed the company’s explanation for their sudden dismissal by midnight text and email as a “Clayton’s” response – one you put […]


ALERT: 100 workers sacked by email sparks war on the waterfront

Important message from our brothers and sisters in the Maritime Union of Australia:

100 workers sacked by Hutchison Ports Australia via email sent at midnight last night.

Quoting from the email:

“…your position will not be retained. There are no redeployment opportunities. The intended last day of your employment will be Friday 14 August […]


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 […]


ITF challenges HPH over Australia and Indonesia worker treatment

ITF news release

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is challenging Hutchison Ports Holdings (HPH) over its behaviour at port facilities in Indonesia and Australia.

In Australia Hutchison Ports Australia (HPA) stands accused of using automation and forced redundancy to get rid of union members. In Indonesia HPH is aiming to take on a […]


Strike threat averted as dockworkers reach pay deal with HIT subcontractors

External contractors for Hongkong International Terminals have agreed to pay an above-inflation 5.5 percent increase in basic salary for dockworkers in the coming year, averting a threatened strike that would have heaped further misery on the struggling port.

A statement by the Hutchison Port Holdings HIT said 95 percent of their workers have given written […]