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.

Assault on Peru port unionist

SUTRAMPORPC General Secretary Wilmer Esteves Morales

A vicious assault against a dockers’ unionist in Peru has been perpetrated less than two weeks after an employer promise ended 20 days of strike action in a Peruvian port.

The attack against Wilmer Esteves Morales , general secretary of the Sindicato Único de Trabajadores Marítimos y Portuarios […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


Continúa paro de estibadores

[ENGLISH SUMMARY: The dockworker strike continues in Callao, Peru, as workers demand that their employer respect an arbitration that says they must negotiate with the union. The employer continues to ignore the arbitration.]

Firmes en su posición, los estibadores del puerto del Callao anunciaron que extenderán hasta hoy la paralización de sus actividades, la cual […]


DP World violates port labor laws

This December 7 news article is translated below. Click on the image to read the original text in Spanish.

CALLAO, PERU: After ongoing union protests, and the intervention of the Minister to DP World in overseeing the agency’s recruitment, the MINTRA (Labor and Economic Development Minister) commission has ruled in favor of dockworkers, and […]


DP World incumple leyes laborales portuarias

To read this article in English, click on the image above.

CALLAO, PERU: Luego de constantes protestas del sindicato, y la intervención del ministro a DP World, para fiscalizar las contrataciones del ente portuario, finalmente la comisión del MINTRA, falló a favor de los estibadores y reconoció que DP World transgredió la ley del […]


ILWU President urges Peru: Make DP World respect international labor laws

Peru Congressman Luis Negreiros (center), a lifelong longshore worker, with ILWU Coast Committeemen Leal Sundet and Ray Ortiz, Jr.

Coast Committeemen Ray Ortiz, Jr. and Leal Sundet recently met with Peruvian Congressman and lifelong dockworker Luis Negreiros to discuss the ongoing attack on longshore union rights in Peru. Ortiz, Sundet and Negreiros had frank […]