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.

ILWU’s Familathe: New Zealand strike is ‘international incident’

The New Zealand Herald reported in an article called “Port strike backed in NZ and beyond:”

Auckland’s waterfront dispute has spread to other ports and a visiting American unionist yesterday described it as an “international incident”.

“There’s huge international support – I mean this is an international incident at this point,” said International Longshore and […]


Solidarity for workers at the Ports of Auckland, New Zealand

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has sent the following letter to dockworkers around the world. Please also see the Maritime Union of New Zealand’s video message following the letter.

Dear Friends,

The Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ) and Ports of Auckland Limited (POAL) have been negotiating to renew the collective agreement at the […]


Peru dockers win historic agreement

In this video, Peruvian dockworker union secretary-treasurer Wilmer Esteves Morales tells ITF delegates of the struggles his fellow dockworkers went through to regain their collective bargaining rights: strikes lasting more than 20 days, police repression, militarization of the docks in Callao, and more.

Dockers in Peru have won a ground-breaking settlement bringing to an […]


Strike action wins union recognition in Egypt terminal

A dockers’ union won recognition from global terminal operator APM Terminals (APMT) in Port Said, Egypt, after two days of strike action.

Workers at the Suez Canal container terminal, owned by APM Terminals, took strike action on 27 February in protest over management’s refusal to negotiate with the union committee. The […]


ITF to donate £200,000 to Japan earthquake relief

Japan Tsunami aftermath

Global union federation the International Transport Workers Federation is to donate £200,000 (Aust$324,363/US$283,768) to relieve the effects of the Japanese earthquake, in order to spearhead an appeal among its 781 member trade unions for help.

The federation will also approach other global union federations and the ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation) […]


Assault on Peru port unionist

SUTRAMPORPC General Secretary Wilmer Esteves Morales

A vicious assault against a dockers’ unionist in Peru has been perpetrated less than two weeks after an employer promise ended 20 days of strike action in a Peruvian port.

The attack against Wilmer Esteves Morales , general secretary of the Sindicato Único de Trabajadores Marítimos y Portuarios […]


Canada waterfront talks: ITF comment

ITF president and dockers’ section chair Paddy Crumlin commented on the lack of progress in contract talks between the British Columbia Maritime Employers’ Association and the ITF-affiliated ILWU Canada.

Paddy Crumlin said: “We’re concerned to hear from ILWU Canada that despite its best efforts there has been no progress in negotiations with the BCMEA on […]


Army work Peru docks during strike

[Note: The union and employer have reached an agreement since this report was published.]

Peru installed soldiers at Callao to move cargo during the dockworkers’ strike. The military's poor performance created a backlog of ships that took several days to clear.

Armed troops and police are waging a brutal crackdown against dock workers fighting port […]


ITF dispute negotiated

A dispute between the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and Ports of Auckland which flared late last year appears to have now been resolved.

In a letter to Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), which was reported on the Maritime Union of Australia’s Website in November, ITF maritime co-ordinator Steve Cotton had called for the port […]


MUA welcomes court ruling against Patrick

A former Patrick employee was suspended, reprimanded and threatened for raising safety breaches where workers' lives were at risk.

The Maritime Union of Australia welcomed the Jan. 17 Melbourne Magistrate Court findings that Patrick Stevedores was guilty of discrimination against a health and safety representative under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 […]


ILWU fights union-busting tactics

ILWU Canada members at a recent protest

The Canadian dockers’ union, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) is standing up to employers Global Container Terminals (TSI).

The ITF-affiliated union is in dispute over the company’s union-busting tactics, which it believes are a clear attack on the right to collective bargaining.

The union and company […]


Unionists vow to organise new private sector ports in Latin America

Unionists from throughout Latin America and the Caribbean tell ENAPU president (Mario Arbulu Miranda) that dockers in the port of Callao have their full support

Dockers’ unionists have pledged to build strong unions in new terminals to end the attack on working conditions across Latin America and the Caribbean.

The unionists made the promise […]


Shipping firms threatened as fight goes global

Members of Maritime Union of New Zealand Local 13 march against outsourcing of waterfont jobs earlier this year.

The International Transport Workers Federation has given a written warning to OOCL of Hong Kong to avoid Auckland’s port after its affiliate, the Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ) sought help to resolve […]


Monday Memorial for ILWU brother

Bert Tufele

ILWU local 13 is holding a special memorial service today for brother Bert Tufele, singer, guitar player, husband and father of five, grandfather killed on the Long Beach wharves, in a Nov. 4 collision between two yard tractors in the Port of Long Beach.

Family and friends described him as a great […]


Unions express concerns over hatchmen

Transport unions have expressed concerns that Australian employers are trying to conduct crane operations without the use of a hatchman. This is a safety role taken by a dock worker when crane operators do not have an adequate view of the all aspects of the operations. The hatchman acts as extra ‘eyes’ for the […]