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.

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 […]


Controversy hits Callao concession

Peruvian dockworkers, including Luis Negreiros (center) have told the ILWU Coast Longshore Division that DP World hires nonunion dockworkers at the terminal it operates in Callao. Also pictured: Coast Committeemen Leal Sundet and Ray Ortiz, Jr.

Despite an initial judgement to allow DP World to bid for Callao’s Muelle Norte terminal, the claim that […]


‘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 […]


Military not ‘suitable replacements’ for longshore workers during strike

In an article called “Mineral shipments resume as Peru port strike ends,” Reuters reported:

Minerals shipments at Peru’s main port were normal on Wednesday after workers ended a strike for better benefits at the government-operated Port of Callao, union leader Leopoldo Ortiz said.

Stevedores and port operators reached an agreement on Tuesday evening, the Minister […]


Estibadores portuarios depusieron huelga que mantenían desde hace 21 días

[ENGLISH SUMMARY: Members of the SUTRAMPORPC union in Callao, Peru, have won their demands after 3-week strike impacted the country’s mineral and other exports. The government tried, and failed, to replace them with military personnel during the strike. The ILWU Coast Longshore Division has supported SUTRAMPORPC in their fight to push back abuse on the […]


Finaliza huelga de estibadores en Callao

Peruvian dockworkers workers celebrate their victory after their 3-week strike to secure their right to negotiate.

[ENGLISH SUMMARY: After nearly three weeks of striking in Peru’s largest port, the SUTRAMPORPC union has won its demand that the employer negotiate with them, and will return to work today with a financial bonus for each worker. […]


Dock strike slows Peru’s mineral exports

Navy soldiers have been placed at the Port of Callao to unload ships during the dockworkers strike, but have failed to meet the government’s hopes for productivity. 2008 photo of Callao.

A strike at Peru’s main port was slowing down mineral exports on Monday as workers demanded better benefits in the world’s No. 2 […]


Port Strike Turns Ugly As Freight Trucks Attacked

PERU – Less than a year after a state of emergency was declared after eight days of strikes by the stevedores employed at the Port of Callao, we are receiving reports of more problems affecting freight and shipping interests as dockers once again strike amid fears that the government is about to privatise the entire […]


Peru port strike threatens fruit exports

Container ships have been turning away from Peru’s port of Callao due to dockworker strikes, raising concerns for the country’s fresh produce exporters, reported website noticiasnorte.com.

Peruvian Exporters Association (ADEX) president José Luis Silva Martinot said the country’s businesses could not afford to lose customers, leaving some with no option but to send by air […]


MTC: DP World olvida compromiso de competencia al buscar participar en concesión del Terminal Norte

[ENGLISH SUMMARY: Peru’s Minister of Transport and Communications says that DP World is failing to make good on its commitment not to bid on the concession of the Port of Callao’s North Dock. DP World, which already operates the South Dock, is engaging in a legal battle for the right to bid on the North […]


El MTPE busca una solución a huelga de estibadores

[ENGLISH SUMMARY: More than a week into a dockworkers’ strike in Callao, Peru, the Minister of Transportation and Communications is encouraging both sides to reach a solution. The employer was a no-show at Friday’s scheduled meeting. The SUTRAMPORPC union says the employer is refusing to negotiate with them.]

The union dockworkers in Callao, Peru, […]


Puerto del Callao funciona en 100%

Callao, Peru. is the largest port on the Pacific Coast of South America.

[ENGLISH SUMMARY: The Peruvian dockworkers union in Callao began striking on January 19. The port administration, ENAPU, said they have a contingency plan that includes training the military to run the port, and the port is “working at 100% with gantry […]


CMA CGM extends South American service

The CMA CGM Group has announced the extension of its Black Pearl service, linking the US with the west coast of South America including Ecuador, Peru, Panama and Chile.

According to the French shipper, the upgraded service comes as a response to a growing market demand for exports between the US and the west coast […]


Peru's ProInversion to award Muelle Norte modernization by year-end

Though the article below is from a pro-privatization news source, Callao's longshore workers have protested DP World as "abusive" and "disrespectful of the law," and for "making a mockery of union longshore workers."

Peru’s private investment promotion agency ProInversion will award a project to modernize and operate Callao port’s Muelle Norte terminal by end-December, […]


ILWU Presidente al gobierno Peruano: DP World debe respetar la ley

14 de julio de 2010

Excelentísimo Dr. Alan García Pérez Presidente de la Republica del Perú Jr. de la Unión S/N 1ra. Cuadra, Cercado de Lima Lima, Perú

Excmo. Sr. Presidente García:

Le escribo de un asunto que es motivo de creciente preocupación para el Sindicato Internacional de Trabajadores Portuarios y Almacenistas (ILWU, por sus […]