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.

Bolivia’s Morales hopes to build railway to Peru

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales (left) is shown meeting with China’s President Hu Jintao in August. Morales said after the visit that Chinese officials expressed interest in making the railway project a priority. It’s not immediately clear how much the railway would cost, or how much financial support China might provide. Credit: Xinhua photo by […]


Over 100,000 Children Work in Costa Rica

Child polishing shoes in Costa Rica

At least 10% of children and adolescents in Costa Rica perform some kind of work to survive, according to the Ministra de Trabajo (Labour Ministry), Sandra Piszk.

Last week the Labour ministry signed the “Reglamento a la Ley sobre Trabajos Peligrosos” (regulations to the Law on Hazardous Work), […]


Union leader Ronaldo Blear: ‘We feel ambushed’

Ronaldo Blear was overwhelmingly reelected as Secretary General of the SINTRAJAP dockworkers union after the Costa Rican government helped install a sham leadership last year.

[NOTE: The following excerpt is from an interview between Costa Rica’s Tico Times and Ronaldo Blear, the recently reelected leader of the SINTRAJAP dockworkers union. The ILWU Coast […]


The fight for union autonomy and workers’ rights in Latin America

Coast Longshore Division supports dockworkers and their unions

Published in the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter, Winter 2010 issue.

In the past year, the Coast Committee has become increasingly involved in regional solidarity through direct support of dockworkers in Latin America. Latin American dockworkers are seeing the social contracts that they have with their governments systematically […]


NZ Unions To Rally In Support Of Mexican Workers’ Rights

NZ union representatives will rally tomorrow outside the Mexican Embassy in Wellington in support of Mexican workers’ rights as part of an international week of solidarity actions.

The participating unions will be the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU), Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ), Service and Food Workers’ Union (SFWU), National Distribution Union (NDU), […]


Costa Rica hauled over the coals at ILO

This image from Costa Rica's Frente Amplio party shows members of ANEP, the local equivalent of the AFL-CIO, rallying against privatization recently in Costa Rica. At the microphone is member of Parliament José María Villalta.

Costa Rica is once again charged by workers’ organisations as well as some governments and employers at this year’s […]