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
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 RobertsonMarch 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 RobertsonFebruary 22, 2017
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 RobertsonJanuary 27, 2016