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Italian Dockers Refuse to Load Arms Shipment to Israel in Solidarity with Palestine [Updated]

After discovering that a shipment of arms destined for Israel was arriving in Italy’s ports, workers refused to load the ship in support of the Palestinians fighting for their lives against Israeli occupation.

Left Voice

May 14, 2021

International Dockworkers Council Threatens Boycott of Chilean Cargo

The IDC warns the President of Chile that: “We are on alert and ready to block cargo from Chile in other ports around the world.” This is part of a decades-long tradition of working-class internationalism by dockers and longshore workers.

Sean Robertson

October 25, 2019

Over 160 dockworkers face dismissal in the Port of Buenos Aires

Around 160 dockworkers in the Port of Buenos Aires, Argentina have been handed telegrams advising them of their impending dismissal from Terminales Río de la Plata (TRP). In response, workers have established a protest camp outside the terminal gates, and a process of government-mediated compulsory conciliation has begun.

Sean Robertson

July 27, 2018

Australian Unions Face $100 Million Suit After Docks Struggle

Just weeks before last Christmas, a Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) delegate was sacked from the Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) facility in the Port of Melbourne. Unionists and community members responded with a nineteen day around the clock picket that stopped all container movements in and out of the VICT terminal. Now unions are being sued by the company for up to AU$100 million (US$75-80 million).

Sean Robertson

January 25, 2018

Spanish Dockworkers Strike in Defense of Jobs

On June 5, Spanish dockworkers began the first of a series of strikes that will see eight days of strike action over three weeks. These strikes have been called in response to the conservative government’s new Royal Decree Law that targets the country’s port labor system, and the stevedoring companies’ refusal to protect the jobs of 6,150 currently employed dockers.

Sean Robertson

June 10, 2017

Spanish and International Unions Strike to Defend Spanish Dockworkers

The conservative government of Spain has set in motion plans to scrap the current port labor system, which would force over six thousand dockworkers to be laid off over four years. In response, Spanish dockworkers’ unions have launched a round of strikes that will begin on March 10. That day will also see international union federations hold an international day of strike action in solidarity with their Spanish colleagues.

Sean Robertson

March 9, 2017

Swedish Dockworkers’ Union: Born Fighting Bosses and Bureaucrats

The Swedish Dockworkers’ Union (SDU), or Svenska Hamnarbetarförbundet (HAMN) in Swedish, has been shaped by decades of rank and file dockworkers’ rebellion, bureaucratic expulsions from a general transport union and a long history of international solidarity.

Sean Robertson

February 22, 2017

The Struggle is Creative

This incredible work of art is part of a magnificent photographic installation by dockworkers in Le Havre and the artist known as JR.

Hutchison Ports Dispute Ends With Dozens of Voluntary Redundancies

The dispute that began on the night of August 6, 2015, when Hutchison Ports Australia (HPA) sacked 97 dockworkers (“wharfies”) by text message and email, has come to an end. So what was the end result of the dispute that some described as ‘the biggest confrontation on the Australian waterfront since the 1998 Patrick lock-out’?

Sean Robertson

January 27, 2016