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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.

Global turmoil spreads to ICTSI's flagship terminal in Australia

A report released today by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) shows that the industrial turmoil plaguing the operations of embattled global port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) has spread to its flagship terminal in Melbourne, Australia.

Paddy Crumlin, President of the ITF said today that ICTSI has imported its anti-worker business model, […]

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Prominent Australian union leader faces court after supporting MUA dockers at ICTSI terminal

Luke Hilakari, secretary of the Victorian Trades Hall Council, VICT to explain how it discovered his private address and why it served him at home on a Saturday afternoon rather than at his office at Trades Hall. Photo: Pat Scala

From a Sydney Morning Herald article titled ‘High-profile union leader faces court over waterfront […]

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After protesting at ICTSI terminal, Australian unionist served legal papers at family home

From an article titled ‘Webb dock escalation met with escalation’ in Australasian Transport News:

Luke Hilakari

In what looks like a serious escalation of the Webb Dock dispute that has halted container transport out of Victoria International ContainerTerminal (VICT), the Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC) says secretary Luke Hilakari was served with legal documents.

Hilakari […]

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More than 1000 workers protest ICTSI's terminal in Australia

Courtesy News Corp Australia

From an article titled ‘Militant unions escalate picket at Webb Dock’ at News Corp Australia:

More than 1000 fired-up union workers have walked off the job in an industrial dispute over a casual worker denied shifts at the Victorian International Container Terminal.

In an expletive-ridden speech, CFMEU boss John Setka […]

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Sydney crane smash could have been fatal

MUA: Crane collapse in Sydney could have been fatal.

From SBS in Australia:

A metal wire which snapped from a collapsed crane on Sydney Harbour could have killed someone when it flung across to land and hit Luna Park’s iconic face entrance, the Maritime Union of Australia says.

The 220-tonne purpose-built crane, which sits […]

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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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MUA and Patrick at battle stations as 'peace deal' looks to be in tatters

Excerpts from the Sydney Morning Herald:

Tension between the Maritime Union of Australia and stevedoring giant Patrick are sharply rising again after the company accused its workers of illegal industrial activity at Sydney’s Port Botany terminal.

A stoush between the union and Patrick will reignite fears of yet another long-running dispute, the worst of […]

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ITF condemns ‘politically motivated’ MV Portland fines

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) Cabotage Taskforce has condemned as ‘unbelivable’ fines requested by Australia’s Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) against crew members of the MV Portland.

ITF Cabotage Taskforce chair James Given stated. “This is shameful, unbelievable news. These men were defending their jobs when they were ejected from the ship that was their […]

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Barangaroo death: Union claims it was blocked from inspecting work site

Our profound condolences go out to Brother Macphereson’s family, friends and colleagues. From the Maritime Union of Australia:

The Maritime Union of Australia says it was recently prevented from conducting a safety inspection at the construction site at Sydney’s Barangaroo where a 32-year-old worker was killed March 1.

Tim Macpherson was crushed to death when […]

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MUA win battle for National Stevedoring Safety Code

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) is celebrating the release of a National Stevedoring Code of Practice (NSCOP) after a seven-year battle to improve safety standards on the waterfront.

The MUA had engaged in an intensive lobbying effort over many years, in the face of opposition from well-resourced stevedores, peak bodies such as the Australian […]

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Union dockers: ‘Greedy global company DP World is trying to take over our jobs’

Linesmen at Ausport Marine who are also Maritime Union of Australia members are worried that terminal operator and stevedore DP World Australia will take over the linesman’s job function, which would affect 250 linesmen, reported Lloyd’s List Australia.

From an article titled ‘MUA linesmen members worried about stevedore job-threat ‘ in Lloyd’s List Australia:

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Jo Cox MP: in memoriam

”Jo was very well known within and throughout the labour and progressive movement in the UK and the world for her extraordinary commitment to peace and human rights and her leadership and absolute commitment to build a more functional fairer and accountable world.” — Paddy Crumlin, ITF president and MUA national secretary

Speaking in […]

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ITF supports Australian stevedores as ‘final offer’ deadline is rejected

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is backing Australian stevedores as they continue to fight for a fair deal on pay and conditions from port operator Patrick.

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has rejected an arbitrary deadline put in place by Patrick to respond to their so-called final offer on a new Enterprise Agreement. […]

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Simultaneous Melbourne and Sydney rallies in support of sacked crew

Victorian Branch Secretary Joe Italia said the loss of jobs on the Portland was just the tip of the iceberg, and if not opposed, those job losses would permeate into other industries.

From the Maritime Union of Australia:

The Maritime Union of Australia is demanding an investigation into Alcoa’s actions after the American-based miner […]

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ITF condemns MV Portland seizure

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) strongly condemns the raid early Wednesday morning on the MV Portland in the Australian home port for which it is named. Up to 30 security guards were reportedly used to eject the five Australian crew members from the vessel and usher on a non-national crew, which then set sail […]

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