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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.

Got a minute? Help stop ICTSI from hurting dockworkers and their families

Please read this important message from the International Transport Workers’ Federation, Dockers Section and then click here to add your name:

Click the photo to lend your support. ITF is helping Indonesian dockworkers as they fight for their rights at ICTSI.

Date: 10 October 2017

Dear comrades,

Right now in Indonesia, children have been […]

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ITF helps five Kenyan seafarers still stranded two years after ship owner abandoned them

From The Standard:

ITF inspector Betty Makena named the sailors as Athman Mzee Hamisi, who is listed as the ship’s master, Imbuga Aggrey Diede, an electrician, Mapinga Mwalimu, Tela Hamisi Juma, who is a cook, and Yusuf Omar Ragunda, a greaser. Makena said four others Kenyans had previously joined the crew but left and […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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One dockworker killed and two critically injured in explosion on tanker

Our sincere condolences go out to our Indonesian brother’s family, friends and colleagues during this time of tragic loss, and we are rooting for our two brothers who are critically injured.

One dockworker died after explosion and fire on board of product tanker Istana V at the dock in Batu Ampar, Indonesia. The […]

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Striking Santos dockers accuse terminals of using foreign labor

Striking dockworkers at the Port of Santos, Brazil.

From Journal of Commerce:

Angry dockers in Santos that are disrupting operations at four Santos container terminals have stepped up their rhetoric ahead of a decision from a regional labor court by claiming foreign workers are handling cargo.

A statement from a lawyer representing Sindestiva said […]

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Freighter Thorco Cloud sank after the collision in Singapore Strait; 6 crew rescued, 6 missing

Only six crew members from Thorco Cloud’s crew of twelve have been rescued. Image by the Japan Times.

From Vessel Finder:

According to the latest media reports the freighter Thorco Cloud carrying 560 metric tonnes of bunker fuel sankafter the collision with chemical tanker Stolt Commitment in the Singapore Strait.

Only six crew members […]

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Ships’ crews allegedly denied food, water, wages as Australia faces test on flags of convenience

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s government is attempting to dismantle the Coastal Trading Act, which dictates that ships trading between Australian ports must be crewed by Australian workers, or pay Australian award wages. ”Abbott has to ask himself whether he is okay with this, because this is what he is recommending for the domestic […]

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TPP Pacific trade deal puts profit over people: Labor activists

Campaigners for workers’ rights complain that they have been denied a voice in the trade talks, and have raised concerns about part of the deal that would allow corporations to sue governments for the potential loss of future profits.

“Corporate rights are treated as portable, binding and protected by enforceable laws in global trade agreements, […]

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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 […]

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ITF urges Indonesian president to intervene over terminal concession extension

The ITF has urged the Indonesian president to intervene over the extension of the concession for the Jakarta International Container Terminal that has been granted to Hutchison Port Holdings by the Indonesia Port Company (IPC), ITF said in its press release.

The move follows grave concerns expressed by the ITF-affiliated Trade Union of Jakarta International […]

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ICTSI rethinks bidding for Davao seaport deal

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) may consider bidding for a contract to modernize the Sasa port in Davao if the Filipino government decides to tweak the investment cost of the seaport project, a company official said.

“We are reconsidering the required investment amounts. If that’s reconsidered, we’ll look at it again. If the numbers […]

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Winning Shipping in deal with Cargill, Bunge to move bauxite on Capesize: sources

Bauxite export facility at Cabo Rojo, Dominican Republic.

Winning Shipping has fixed a contract of affreightment deal with ship-operator Cargill Shipping and Bunge Shipping to move 1.52 million mt of bauxite from the Dominican Republic to China over 2015, sources familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

Cargill and Bunge will each move four 190,000-mt cargoes […]

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ICTSI results shows good results globally, but Portland problems on analysts’ radar

Excerpts from Transport Topics:

At 4,628,117teu, the Philippines-based terminal operator International Container Terminal Services Inc [ICTSI] handled 13% more containers in the first nine months of 2013 than it did in the same period of the previous year, improving its net profit by 22%.

However, Drewry Maritime Equity Research (DMER), which analyses the financial performance […]

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Obama cancels APEC trip, TPP trade-off talks torpedoed

The White House has announced that President Obama has cancelled his trip to Bali for APEC, where the political trade-offs on the TPPA were expected to get underway.

Obama had already canned the Malaysia and Philippines legs of his Asia trip, which was seen as a blow to the US strategy to reassert its presence […]

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