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.

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 […]


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’ […]


Rotterdam Longshore strike planned for December

The source of the conflict is the commissioning of two new highly automated container terminals, expected to lead to the loss of 700 out of 4,000 jobs in container throughput at the port in 2017.

Container workers at the Port of Rotterdam have voted to hold a series of 24-hour strikes in December and […]


Dockers rally to protect jobs in Rotterdam

Santa joins leaders of European unions and thousands of longshore workers worldwide in supporting Rotterdam dockworkers.

Dockers from across Europe are joining their brothers and sisters at a rally in Rotterdam today (Wednesday 17 December) to protest against the impact of developments in the container sector at the port there. ITF-affiliated union FNV Havens […]


Dutch Dockers Serve up a Protest Against Aegon


The main speaker [was] Niek Stam of the FNV Bondgenoten trade union, and chair of the SBPVH advocacy foundation fighting for the return of pension money, totalling £715 million, which the protesters say has been taken from the intended beneficiaries.

[Stam was] supported by members of the RMT and Unite trade unions, and […]


ILWU members join Dutch dockers in San Francisco to demand return of pension funds

In 2009, ILWU members and Teamsters joined the Dutch dockers union at a demonstration outside of the Transamerica tower in San Francisco’s financial district. The Dutch dockers’ union, known as FNV Bondgenoten, was demanding the return of pension money from the giant multinational company, Aegon, who took the funds by using an accounting trick. After […]