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.

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,” […]


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 […]


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 […]


Los Angeles City Council members urge support for fair wages for truckers

Teamsters President James P. Hoffa joined striking truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach Wednesday, one day after promising strikers the support of the Teamsters’ 1.4 million members nationwide.

Support for the truckers also came Wednesday from some members of the Los Angeles City Council.

Councilman Joe Buscaino, whose district includes […]


Striking warehouse staff call on Amazon for better pay and conditions

Staff at a major Los Angeles warehouse serving Amazon and other big retailers went on strike Tuesday, protesting unpaid wages and overtime, dangerous conditions, a lack of breaks and water during hot summer months, and retaliation by management against their organizing efforts. The strike continued on Wednesday.

The stoppage is the latest tactic in […]


Worker advocates turn sights on warehouse industry in Southern California

From the Journal of Commerce:

In what could be the beginning of a larger effort to focus on working conditions and eventually organize the warehouse sector of the transportation industry, workers at a warehouse near the Port of Los Angeles walked off their jobs Tuesday, attracting the support of the Teamsters union.

The job action […]


Finland strike ‘shuts down ports’

BBC photo of strike in Helsinki, Sept. 18, 2015

From the BBC:

A widespread anti-austerity strike in Finland has shut down ports and disrupted flights in the country, news agencies have reported.

Strikers are protesting against government cutbacks, including limits to benefits and overtime pay.

Last week, Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila announced plans […]


Ports of Finland to begin strike on September 18

Vessel Finder reports that Marko Piirainen, head of the Transport Workers Union (AKT) commented that the country is going to ”virtually come to a standstill.” The strike will aim to achieve safeguarding entitlements to paid holidays, sick leave and overtime pay.

The three big Finnish trade union federations have planned taking on industrial action […]


Port of Long Beach truck drivers wait for court ruling, enter week 10 of 6th strike against employer

Thursday, September 10 concluded a historic six weeks of testimony in back-to-back individual hearings of 38 independent contractor port truck drivers who claim they’ve been misclassified, many of whom have been on strike against their employer, Carson-based Pacific 9 Transportation (Pac 9), six times in the last two years.

The individual hearings, which began on […]


Millions strike in India over 'anti-labour' reforms

All India Trade Union Congress secretary Gurudas Dasgupta said the response had been ‘magnificent’ and estimated over 150 million workers participated in the strike. Major ports were shut down.

Millions of workers across India went on strike Wednesday in protest at planned labour law reforms, the biggest show of strength by trade unions since […]


Agreement with port management ends Mumbai hunger strike

A hunger strike at Gateway Terminals India (GTI) Mumbai that lasted for 17 days has come to an end after management of port operator APM Terminals (APMT) agreed to address union demands over a group of operations and maintenance staff, ITF said in its press release.

Following a summit between management and the union, […]


Consortium expanding Panama canal reaches deal with union, avoids strike

A Spanish-led consortium working to expand the Panama Canal has reached an initial deal with workers to raise wages and head off a proposed strike, both sides said on Tuesday.

The workers’ union had threatened to go on strike on Wednesday unless GUPC consortium, made up of Spanish builder Sacyr, Italy’s Salini Impregilo and Belgium’s […]


Hutchison Ports workers defy back-to-work order as protests continue

A truck drives in, and straight back out, at Port Botany in support of striking workers. (ABC News | Rachel Pupazzoni)

From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Striking port workers in Sydney say they will defy the industrial umpire’s order to cease industrial action and return to work.

Hutchison Ports workers have been picketing ports […]


Ports blockade: Workers refuse to unload boats in Brisbane and Sydney

Hundreds of protesters at the Port of Brisbane say they will maintain a picket line until Hutchison reverses its decision. (AAP: Dan Peled)

From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

Protesting workers have refused to unload the first cargo ship to arrive at Hutchison Port operations since the company sacked 97 workers in Brisbane and Sydney […]


IDC: Solidarity with SUTRAMPORPC in Callao as APM is laying off striking workers

Statement from the International Dockworkers’ Council:

After more than two intense weeks of conflict and indefinite strike at the port of Callao following the refusal of APM Terminals to negotiate some of the crucial demands from SUTRAMPORPC to reach an agreement on the workers’ contract that expired more than one year ago, and […]