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.

‘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’ […]


Union official: Strike causing ‘serious problem’ for APMT; use of military is unsafe and illegal

”The Port of Callao in struggle, we are fighting for fulfillment of our labor rights. Training for new port technology. Security and health in port jobs. We urge prompt solutions from the government. Respect or strike!” Photo by SUTRAMPORPC.

Excerpts from a Journal of Commerce article titled ”Union official disputes claim of minimal strike […]


Costa Rica intervenes to stop strike at port, arrests 68

Costa Rican police arrested 68 people in the country’s main Atlantic port on Wednesday after a strike over plans to expand the hub threatened to paralyse shipping.

The stevedores’ union, SINTRAJAP, launched an indefinite strike on Wednesday, leaving three ships stranded and unable to unload cargo after APM Terminals won a Supreme Court decision this […]


Murder, death threats and violent thugs accompany ICTSI into Central America

Enrique Razon, CEO of ICTSI, has amassed $4.5 billion in wealth by operating terminals — and exploiting port workers — around the world. He is the 4th richest man in the Philippines, according to Forbes Magazine..

International Container Terminal Services Incorporated (ICTSI) – the rogue employer responsible for flagrant contract violations at the Port […]


Chile: Port workers denounce militarization of the docks

Chilean docks militarized, January 2014.

Workers say the government gives military support to private concessionaire’s strikebreakers

It’s been nearly two weeks that ports across Chile have been paralyzed over a demand for back pay. HispanTV was in San Antonio, the most important port in Chile, where private concessionaires have gotten the government to […]


Chile: Portuarios denuncian militarización de los puertos

[English translation available here]

Así es, en estos días, el cambio de turno en el puerto de San Antonio. Un pequeño Ejército de fuerzas especiales asegura el ingreso de los rompehuelgas.

Trabajadores: “Gobierno da apoyo militar a los rompehuelgas de las concesionarias privadas”

Casi dos semanas lleva la paralización portuaria en todo […]


Mexican military takes hold of Port of Lázaro Cárdenas

Lázaro Cárdenas port has been taken over by military. APM Terminals, SSA Marine and Hutchison Port Holdings are expanding at the port. Photo by El Informador.

The Mexican military has taken the reins of the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas, one of the country’s largest container ports, as Mexico attempts to crack down on surrounding drug […]


Israel considers using defense troops to replace dockworkers

From an article called ”Israeli government pledges to end ports’ monopoly” in today’s Journal of Commerce:

The Israeli government is planning to issue a tender to build a privately run seaport in the coming months, pledging to end the monopolies of the two main ports of Ashdod and Haifa.

The port unions, which comprise 2,400 […]


Breathing space for Puerto Quetzal union welcomed

News that the military has withdrawn from Puerto Quetzal port in Guatemala and that privatisation plans have been temporarily put on hold as a result of an agreement between the government and the port workers’ union STEPQ (Sindicato de Trabajadores de Empresa Portuaria Quetzal) has been welcomed by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) today […]


Police Move In To End Strike At Costa Rica's Caribbean Ports

Costa Rica Caribbean ports of Moín and Alemán, in the province of Limón, continued to be paralyzed since Tuesday by a strike protesting government attempts to grant an exclusive concession, to Dutch Transnational APM Terminals for loading and unloading at a new pier.

In the early hours of this morning (Thursday) police were called […]


Early Morning Violence in Limón As Dock Workers Say They Will Defend With Blood

Dockworkers in Limón, Costa Rica, have been rebuffed by the government in their attempts to discuss impacts on the community from the proposed building of a private terminal by APM Terminals.

Following the police action to take back the docks of Limón and Moín, representatives of the Sindicato de Trabajadores de JAPDEVA said they […]


Peru ministry, US embassy team up

Callao dockworkers have been fighting to regain their collective bargaining rights.

[NOTE: Peru is one of several Latin American countries in which dockworkers are fighting abuse by global terminal operators and their own governments. The ILWU Coast Longshore Division recently supported Callao dockworkers during their 3-week strike to regain their collective bargaining rights.]

Peruvian […]


The fight for union autonomy and workers’ rights in Latin America

Coast Longshore Division supports dockworkers and their unions

Published in the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter, Winter 2010 issue.

In the past year, the Coast Committee has become increasingly involved in regional solidarity through direct support of dockworkers in Latin America. Latin American dockworkers are seeing the social contracts that they have with their governments systematically […]


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 […]


‘It’ll take at least a week to clear the backlog’ after military took over Peru docks during strike

The Peruvian government replaced union longshore workers with military personnel during a 3-week strike, declaring the port “100% operational.” Results say otherwise, as Bloomberg reports in a news article called “Peruvian Port Workers End 21-Day Strike at Callao:”

Peruvian port workers today signed a labor accord to end a 21-day strike that had blocked transportation […]