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.

On growth, ICTSI wants 'to do in Africa what we did in Latin America'

To say that ICTSI doesn’t respect workers and their unions is a massive understatement. Honduran dockworkers have suffered major job losses, violence, and militarization of their cargo terminal since ICTSI took over operations at Puerto Cortes in 2013. In March, several Honduran dockworkers traveled to Portland, Oregon, to protest ICTSI’s locking out of union […]


The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA): When Foreign Investors Sue the State

From Global Research:

An American company Renco sued Peru for $800 million because its contract was not extended after the company’s operations caused massive environmental and health damage. This 200 photo shows children playing near the toxic site in play masks.

The investor-state dispute system, whereby foreign investors can sue the host-country government in an […]


ICTSI to spend $150 million developing Honduras port

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) plans to spend about $150 million in the next five years to develop the port in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, a senior company official said recently.

Last February, the Razon-led port operator was awarded a 30-year contract for design, financing, construction, maintenance, and operation of the Puerto Cortes facility, which […]


Changing Corn Export Patterns: Ten Year Outlook

A recent U.S. Grains Council Chart of the Week shows the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) projections for changes in corn export patterns over the coming ten years based on the recently released USDA Agricultural Long-Term Projections to 2022. The United States, former Soviet Union, Argentina, and South Africa are expected to increase export […]


Bunge acquires 50% stake in South African agribusiness co. as expansion picks up pace

Bunge Ltd. has announced that it intends to exercise its option to acquire a 50 percent stake in South African leading agribusiness company, Senwes Africa. The move comes as the duo look forward to further African expansion.

Bunge and Senwes entered into a joint-venture agreement almost a year ago, on 1st October 2011, in a […]


Miners Charged in Deaths of 34 Killed by Police

On Aug. 16, police said they had failed to persuade the strikers to disarm and that it was ‘D-Day’ to end the strike at the London-registered Lonmin PLC platinum mine. That afternoon, striking miners armed with clubs, machetes and at least one gun allegedly charged at police, who opened fire, killing 34 and wounding […]


Strike at South Africa container terminal halts shipping

Durban Port

A strike at Pier One at Durban’s container terminal has halted all movements at the port and the strike is likely to hamper shipping movements for several days. The Mercury reports that some shipping companies have already diverted their ships to other ports around the South African coast.

Productivity at the […]


Mining and Maritime Unions: ‘ILWU has our global support in its fight at EGT’

Leading international mining and maritime unions representing millions of workers around the world met in Durban, South Africa this month for the Mining and Maritime Initiatives international conference. They discussed ways to work together, increase solidarity and more effectively represent members in the globalized world of the maritime and mining industries.

They passed the following […]


ITF women’s leadership conference sends solidarity message to Longview

The following was message of solidarity was sent on September 29 as longshore workers from around the world gathered in Baltimore:

We, the women union leaders attending the ITF Women’s Leadership, Strategy and Organising Conference, want to express our support for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in the struggle for their union jobs at […]


Analysis: U.S. to be a top coal exporter again, thanks to Asia

The United States could vault back into the top rank of coal exporters for good this year thanks to Asia’s fuel demand — just as surging gas output and tougher environmental laws threaten mainstay domestic sales.

Analysts say total U.S. coal exports could amount to around 100 million tons (91 million tons) this year, leaving […]


Coal quandary as Washington State considers shipping fuel overseas

Coal train

Two companies are pushing to make Washington a major player in the international coal trade. One has sought to ship up to 60 million tons of coal a year from refurbished docks near the Columbia River’s mouth. The other plans to build a major shipping terminal near Bellingham, and has a contract […]


Palestinian union urges dockworker ban on Israeli ships

Cargo is loaded onto the MV Rachel Corrie in May. The ship was intercepted by the Israeli navy.

The Palestinian trade union movement called on dockworkers worldwide to refuse to load or offload cargo from Israeli ships in response to Israel’s attack two weeks ago on a Gaza-bound humanitarian convoy in the Mediterranean.

“Dockworkers […]