Canadian Dock Workers Set to Return to Picket Lines and Facing State Repression
Port workers in British Columbia, Canada, have been on strike for over two weeks. This strike parallels many struggles of the working class in the U.S., and it offers useful lessons for fighting back against worsening conditions.
Matthew WaltersJuly 20, 2023
Dockers at England’s Largest Cargo Port Strike Against Inflation
Dockworkers at Felixstowe, on England’s east coast, began an eight-day strike on Sunday — the first strike since 1989. The port handles 48 percent of the United Kingdom’s container freight.
Joël MaloAugust 21, 2022
Germany: The Port Strike and the Fight Against Inflation Pose the Question of Strategy
Striking dockworkers at ports in northern Germany are spearheading the fight against inflation. What strategy is needed to lead them to victory? The answer resonates with impending battles in the United States.
Stefan SchneiderJuly 31, 2022
Sign the Petition in Support of Striking Dockworkers in Germany
Last week, thousands of dockworkers in Hamburg and other German cities went on strike. Police attacked them and courts tried to ban their action. In response, more than 3,000 workers have signed this petition for the right to strike. You can sign too!
Left VoiceJuly 20, 2022
Dockworkers in Italy Denounce Passage of Ship Loaded with Rockets for Israel
A cargo ship loaded with high-precision rockets destined for the Israeli Defense Forces was shipped, semi-clandestinely, to the port of Genoa in Italy, with Ashdod as its final destination. Dockworkers in another Italian port, Livorno, mobilized to denounce this criminal arms trafficking taking place during yet another campaign of Zionist military aggression against the Palestinian people.
Giacomo TurciMay 17, 2021
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 VoiceMay 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 RobertsonOctober 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 RobertsonJuly 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 RobertsonJanuary 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 RobertsonJune 10, 2017