Workers fighting for improved pay and decent working conditions at the Port of Hong Kong have voted to call off their industrial action after accepting an improved wage offer and promises of further negotiations on working conditions – as well as an assurance that there will be no retaliation against workers who participated in the [...]
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The ILWU Coast Longshore Division recently met in Caucus with 81 democratically elected delegates from 30 United States West Coast ports. At this Caucus, your strike in Hong Kong was thoroughly discussed, and it was unanimously agreed that the ILWU would do everything possible to ensure [...]
Chan Chiu-wai and Paddy Crumlin Radio Interview:
Hundreds of contract workers in the port of Hong Kong are on strike for decent pay and working conditions. Meanwhile port workers in Vancouver, USA, are locked out as their employer tries to break the union.
A RadioLabour interview with Chan Chiu-wai of the Hong Kong Confederation of [...]
In a mark of international solidarity, a delegation of Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) unionists and rank-and-file workers is in Hong Kong to join the Kwai Tsing dockworkers on the picket line.
MUA National Secretary and President of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), Paddy Crumlin, said Australian maritime workers have been deeply disturbed [...]
In March, ILWU delegates stood in solidarity with the Maritime Union of New Zealand against outsourcing and anti-union tactics employed by POAL. Pictured: MUNZ officers Joe Fleetwood and Garry Parsloe, with ILWU International Vice President-Mainland Ray Familathe in the center.
ITF comment on Ports of Auckland, New Zealand:
In the wake of initial signs [...]
International Transport Workers’ Federation news release:
ITF-affiliated unions around the world are showing support for their colleagues in the ILWU (International Longshore and Warehouse Union) in what could be a major labour showdown in the Pacific Northwest of the USA.
Multinational grain companies who are currently making record profits have reportedly hired replacement non-union [...]
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has expressed full support for its US East Coast affiliate, the International Longshoremen’s Association after contract talks broke down Tuesday.
The ILA has been negotiating with the United States Maritime Alliance, which represents management in ports, terminals and shipping lines.
ITF President Paddy Crumlin said: “The ITF stands firm [...]
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) today reacted angrily to reports that trade union representatives’ phone calls had been bugged by their employers at the port of Los Angeles, USA.
Speaking from Cyprus, where dockers’ and seafarers’ union leaders from around the world are meeting, ITF president Paddy Crumlin stated: “These are extremely serious charges. [...]
The Maritime Union held its 4th Triennial Conference in Wellington from Tuesday 6 November to Friday 9 November.
Maritime Union of New Zealand General Secretary Joe Fleetwood says the Conference concludes a three year period of intense activity for the Union.
He says that the Ports of Auckland dispute had been on the agenda, along [...]
ITF unions provided support and solidarity for the Turkish workers.
Turkey’s government has withdrawn a controversial ban on strikes in civil aviation in the face of determined national and international protests.
The ban had been added to Law 2822, passed earlier this year. This is now being wholly replaced by a new Collective Labour Relations [...]
David Cockroft, who has been general secretary of the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) since 1993, has announced that he will retire at the end of May 2013 when he reaches the age of 60.
The announcement was made at the meeting of the ITF executive board in Copenhagen, Denmark, which also agreed [...]
ILWU International President Robert ‘Big Bob’ McEllrath was detained on September 7, 2011 in Cowlitz County, WA, while protesting corporate greed with hundreds of ILWU members at EGT Port of Longview. Photo by ILWU Local 40 President Dawn Des Brisay.
The ITF has expressed its strong backing for Robert McEllrath, international president of the ILWU, [...]
The president of ITF (International Transport Workers Federation) had a meeting with Harold Dagget, president of ILA (International longshoremen’s Association) and Bob McElrath, president of ILWU (International Longshore and Warehouse Union) regarding mutual promises on the subject of job security, retraining, jurisdiction and improved working conditions in exchange for increased automation.
In order to replace [...]
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) had a high-level meeting in Washington, D.C. on 12 September, which was also attended by ITF president and Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) national secretary Paddy Crumlin and ITF maritime coordinator Steve Cotton.
Mr Crumlin reported on the events leading up to [...]
From the Journal of Commerce:
The president of the International Transport Workers’ Federation said his meeting with U.S. dockworker union leaders produced mutual pledges of support for union job security, retraining, jurisdiction and improved working conditions in exchange for automation.
ITF President Paddy Crumlin met last week in Washington with Harold Daggett, president of the [...]