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.

ITF reveals international supply chain agreement threat

From Port Technology:

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), a global trade union federation, has deemed an international agreement a risk for maritime workers and citizens due to the potential impacts of companies in the transport industry gaining too much power.

In a campaign launch announcement against the agreement, the ITF accused the European Union […]


ITF comment: International Women’s Day

”The ITF and its unions stand proud in working with women transport workers making workplaces better, safer and more representative.” — Diana Holland, ITF

Speaking today, International Women’s Day, Diana Holland, chair of the ITF’s (International Transport Workers’ Federation’s) women transport workers’ committee, said: “The 8th of March isn’t just an occasion of celebration, […]


‘Unthinkable in APMT’s home country’: ITF condemns use of Peruvian Navy for Callao port strikebreaking

”Things are going from bad to worse, with these threatened sackings and the use of navy sailors as strikebreaking mercenaries. Those kind of tactics would be unthinkable in APMT’s home country of the Netherlands, not to mention Denmark, home of its parent, the Maersk Group.” — Paddy Crumlin, ITF President

The International Transport Workers’ […]


Thinking inside the box on Workers’ Memorial Day

By Paddy Crumlin, National Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the President of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

Unsafe containers affect workers in every section of the transport chain – that makes it a trade union issue.

Today, on International Workers’ Memorial Day we remember the dockers, seafarers, truck drivers, railway […]


Unions accuse Panama Canal of unsafe working conditions

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The International Transport Workers’ Federation and four Panamanian unions have accused the Panama Canal Authority of ongoing failure to provide decent pay and safe working conditions for more than 9,000 affiliated maritime workers in the canal zone.

Representatives from four Panamanian unions, accompanied by […]


ETF and IDC support Norway rally for striking dockers

The campaign to support Norwegian dockers on strike over the need for a national dock register is escalating.

Two hundred supporters from all over Scandinavia attended the national rally, which took place at the Cafe Theatre in Oslo last week, with backing from the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and affiliated unions, and members of […]


France Ratifies Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

France has ratified the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, making it the 35th International Labour Office member state and the 13th European Union member state to ratify the convention, which sets out decent working and living conditions for seafarers, while creating conditions of fair competition for shipowners.

With France’s ratification, 35 ILO members representing 68.8 percent […]


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), […]