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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.

CNN: Putin, far-right parties pleased as Trump win shocks world

Excerpts from CNN:

Republican candidate Donald Trump’s ascension to the White House has sent shock waves around the world. But it appears to have pleased one leader in particular — Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Within hours of Trump’s victory speech early Wednesday, Putin congratulated the US president-elect and flagged Moscow’s willingness to restore ties […]

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Global union organisations welcome UK Uber ruling

The ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation) and ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) have welcomed the latest ruling that Uber drivers in the UK are workers rather than self-employed freelances and deserve to receive basic workers’ rights: a guaranteed minimum wage, breaks, holiday pay and whistleblower protection.

This latest landmark ruling was delivered by the London […]

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First neo-panama vessel calls at London

The Sofia Celeste is the first ship to transit the newly-enlarged Panama Canal and then call at the UK

Shipping firm MSC’s neo-panama vessel Sofia Celeste made its first call to London this week as it arrived into the London Container Terminal (LCT) in Tilbury.

The ship, which has a capacity of around 8,800 TEUs, […]

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United Kingdom’s Brexit vote: ITF and ETF comment

”The ETF deeply regrets the outcome of the UK Brexit referendum. It is a sad but strong signal that an adequate European Union social policy is absent, and has sent workers away from the European project. The EU’s policies do not reflect workers’ expectations; a change has to come rapidly before other countries follow […]

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Jo Cox MP: in memoriam

”Jo was very well known within and throughout the labour and progressive movement in the UK and the world for her extraordinary commitment to peace and human rights and her leadership and absolute commitment to build a more functional fairer and accountable world.” — Paddy Crumlin, ITF president and MUA national secretary

Speaking in […]

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The British are coming — with cheap wheat exports

The United States is about to import the largest wheat cargo from the U.K. in more than two decades as a combination of ample British supply, a weaker pound and rock-bottom freight rates make the unusual trade viable.

It’s unusual for the U.S. to import large quantities of wheat, not least because it’s the third-biggest […]

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ILWU supports dockers at DP World London Gateway

Union-busting has many forms, and at DP World’s new terminal at the port of London Gateway, dockworkers’ 3-year campaign for union representation has been full of roadblocks by the Dubai-based employer. Now at a critical juncture, longshore workers around the world are encouraged to send messages of support and help London dockers secure a […]

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Court rejects claims that DP World bribed former Djibouti ports’ head

The London Commercial Court has dismissed the allegations made by the Republic of Djibouti that the former head of its port authority was bribed by DP World and negotiated secret shareholdings over the construction and development of a port and freezone complex at Doraleh.

The country’s government accused Abdourahman Boreh of having accepted bribes by […]

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Expanding capacity, bigger ships to test European ports this year

The first big event of the year will be the February rollout of the world’s first fully automated container terminal in Rotterdam, which threatens to unleash a rate war across the Le Havre-Hamburg range as carriers leverage the added capacity to beat down handling charges.

Europe’s ports face a rocky ride in 2015, dominated […]

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DP World to focus on emerging markets in 2014

Ports operator DP World will focus on expanding its presence in emerging markets in 2014 but is it unlikely to dilute holdings in assets as it did in 2012, according to an industry analyst.

In 2012 DP World Australia, in which DP World has a 25 per cent shareholding, sold all of its 60 per […]

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Port workers in 10 nations taking on IKEA

Port unions in 10 nations, including the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, demonstrated Dec. 17 against multinational furniture giant Ikea’s lockout of 350 Teamsters workers from its Richmond, British Columbia, store since May 13.

The protests, arranged by the London-based International Transport Workers Federation, occurred in Tokyo, Rotterdam, Holland, Vancouver, B.C., Gothenburg, Sweden, Helsinki, […]

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Tax tribunal exposes £14m avoidance trick by DP World

Judge describes attempts by the Dubai business to reduce its tax bill as ‘a scripted game of charades’

A complex and aggressive attempt to avoid UK tax on an international ports business controlled by the billionaire ruler of Dubai has been thrown out by a tax tribunal, which branded the scheme “an elaborate trick”. The […]

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MUA's Paddy Crumlin Calls For Julian Assange To Be Given Safe Passage

From the Maritime Union of Australia:

Fighting from the Front: Paddy Crumlin and Julian Assange During Meeting At Ecuadorean Embassy in London

Maritime Union of Australia national secretary Paddy Crumlin released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of Julian Assange entering the Ecuadorean embassy in London on June 19, 2012, to seek political […]

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Peru, UK Diplomatic Spat Deepens Over Cancelled Frigate Visit

Peru has stood for years by Argentina in its dispute over the ownership of the Falkland Islands, even sending fighter planes to Argentina during its 1982 war with Britain over control of the islands. The U.K. is the second largest source of foreign investment in Peru.

On Monday, Peru reversed an earlier decision by […]

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'Peru isn't anyone’s colony,' Peru Pres. Humala says over denial to UK's warship

Ollanta Humala, President of Peru

Peru’s President Ollanta Humala said today his country won’t tolerate any foreign impositions on its internal affairs. The Andean leader alluded to the resolution to prevent the UK’s HMS Montrose frigate from docking at El Callao port in Lima after ending its patrol mission in the disputed Malvinas Islands.

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