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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.

Swedish Dockworkers’ Union imposes ban on new recruitment and overtime at APM Terminals in Gothenburg

Based on a report at Port News:

During the period November 8 – December 31, the Swedish Dockworkers’ Union has imposed a ban on new recruitment and overtime at APM Terminals in Gothenburg.

Between November 15 and 18, the Dockworkers’ Union has also taken strike action at APM Terminals. In addition, the Dockworkers Union has […]

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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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Back to 1916 Tacoma: Remembering shots fired and a bloody, failed strike

Bearing the caption, ”Fellow workers we are in jail for you. What are you doing for us?” this 1916 photograph depicts “The Terrible Ten,” a group of Tacoma longshore workers who were sent to McNeil Island federal penitentiary, where each man served an 18-month sentence after being convicted of toppling a Tacoma trolley occupied […]

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Giant strike planned at Korea’s eight top shipyards

Strikes at Korean yards are becoming more common as anger grows at senior management and the government This photo was taken in September 2015 when workers struck at Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, South Korea.

From Vesselfinder:

Workers at eight of South Korea’s largest shipyards will go on strike on July 20 as a […]

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LA, Long Beach ports truck drivers return to work after near week strike

Port truck drivers on strike for nearly a week will return to work Monday afternoon after picketing Monday at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, a union official said.

The job action was taken to protest their “misclassification as independent contractors and other labor law violations,” said Teamsters Union spokesperson Barb Maynard. Port […]

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APMT Mumbai strike called off

From the Journal of Commerce:

APM Terminals-operated Gateway Terminals India resumed normal vessel operations Tuesday morning after outsourced workers handling rubber-tire gantry crane operations ended a four-day strike that shut down export gates at the terminal and slowed down cargo handling at India’s busiest public port complex, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.

Unionized RTG workers abruptly […]

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ILA leaders urge members to return to work at Port of New York and New Jersey

Update from the International Longshoremen’s Association:

The leadership of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO urges all ILA members in the Port of New York and New Jersey to accept orders and return to work immediately.

“We have heard your voices, we have heard your concerns, and we have taken action on your behalf,” ILA leaders […]

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Greek ports to be hit by 48-hour strike

Greece is set to be hit a 48-hour strike that will impact, commercial vessels calling at major ports and domestic and local ferries.

According to Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) said a 48 hour strike had been called by the Seaman’s Union of Greece on 20 January and would affect the ports ports of Piraeus, Aspropyrgos, […]

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Rotterdam port workers prepared for more strikes

Excerpts from Shipping Watch:

Niek Stam stresses that he would prefer not to strike, but that the union feels forced to act. He explains that the port workers were originally promised that the automated Maasvlakte 2 terminals, which have a capacity of five million teu, would be used exclusively as additional capacity, but that […]

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ITF backs industrial action at Port of Rotterdam

“Our livelihoods and the future of our families and our communities rely on decent, secure jobs and those things are worth fighting for.” — Niek Stam, FNV Havens secretary

ITF news release: January 7, 2016

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and ETF (European Transport Workers’ Federation) are supporting their affiliated Dutch dockers’ […]

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Joe Burns: The entire labor movement should be paying attention to Wisconsin’s Kohler Strike

Author Joe Burns has written about successful ILWU actions and spoken at the invitation of the ILWU. Excerpts from his article in In These Times:

Two thousand workers at the Kohler faucet plant in Northern Wisconsin have been walking the picket since November 16. Such a strike would have been commonplace decades ago. Nowadays […]

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Maritime Union of Australia fights for safety, job security at Asciano

The MUA has applied to the Fair Work Commission for a protected action ballot that, if approved, would allow Patrick employees to engage in strikes ranging from four hours to 48 hours as well as overtime bans.

The union’s deputy national secretary, Will Tracey, said on Tuesday that the union was committed to working with […]

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Panama: Thousands of Canal workers strike to demand union rights, clean water

Protesters are also seeking an end to police impunity following a series of cases in which police officers walked away without charge after lethally shooting down construction workers. Photo by TeleSUR

Thousands of workers brought Panama to a standstill on Tuesday as part of a national 24-hour strike to demand “justice for the poor,” […]

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Ten-day dockworkers’ strike to hit three Portuguese ports

From Reuters:

Dockworkers in the Portuguese ports of Lisbon, Setubal and Figueira da Foz will go on a 10-day strike starting Nov. 14 to protest at a potential end of collective bargaining agreements, the stevedores union said in a statement.

The ports to be affected by the strike are the third, fourth and fifth biggest […]

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Majority of trucker picketing ends at the Port of Long Beach

The eighth period of picketing by port truck drivers in two years ended Friday, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced in a release.

The truck drivers had been protesting picketing drayage firms since Monday, October 26 over accusations of wage theft and employee misclassification. Drivers at XPO Logistics, Intermodal Bridge Transport (IBT), and Gold Point […]

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