Council resolves to standby ILWU workers in the USA and CanadaRead more
In the southern California mining town of Boron, 600 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union are in a standoff with mining giant Rio Tinto. Under threat are their union rights and working conditions.
But they are not alone.
The ILWU last week called on the Mining and Maritime initiative for solidarity.Read more
The International Longshore Association in the US have reached agreement with employers to extend their existing contract by three years, Lloyds List reports.Read more
In what was considered a first for any International Longshore and Warehouse Union Convention, last month, I was asked by "Big Bob" ILWU President to give an address on the MUA Sydney Branch proposal to form a Sister Port relationship with the Port of Seattle, the IBU and Locals 19 and 52.
It was with great pleasure I addressed this Convention, giving our reasons why this proposal should go ahead, I spoke about how the two ports had a great maritime history and how the Port of Seattle over the years had been a port that had sent cargo from the West Coast of the United States to Sydney. In particular older members will recall the timber vessels that brought timber from the US into Australia, discharged mainly at Birchgrove.Read more
MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin was special guest speaker at the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Convention, in Seattle from 8-12 June 2009. He led an MUA delegation of seven, including Jamie Newlyn, SA, Robert Patchett, Victoria, Glen Wood, Sydney, Steve Cumberlidge, Brisbane, Wade Eaton, WA, Michael Ryan, Victoria and Dennis Outram, Newcastle.Read more