Yesterday, 5 March 2014, 20 dockworkers’ unions from 16 countries affiliated to the ETF (European Transport Workers’ Federation) and the IDC (International Dockworkers’ Council) have met in Lisbon to renew their support to the Portuguese union SETC and its members, which have been involved in a tough dispute over the past two years. The Portuguese case is exemplary for the challenges faced by dockworkers all over Europe, since European legislation, infringement mechanisms and austerity plans imposed by international financial institutions are being used to try to undermine national laws and dockers’ conditions in other European countries as well ...
On 8 January 2014 IDC-E (International Dockworkers Council’s European zone) and ETF (European Transport Workers’ Federation) representatives met in Lisbon to discuss the alarming situation affecting Portuguese ports. The meeting was held following the decision to set up an international campaign and actions to protest against the port reform implemented in Portugal since 2012. As a consequence of this reform, the labour conditions at the Portuguese ports, and in particular at the port of Lisbon have progressively deteriorated. Both organisations agreed to start a joint solidarity campaign starting from January 2014.
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Source: NaucherAntolín Goya, General Coordinator of the IDC, attended last week the ILWU Longshore Caucus meeting in San Francisco accompanied by a delegation of Coordinadora. The meetings last week are the start of a process to elect the committee that will be negotiating the upcoming Master Contract covering all the West Coast workers at the Coast Longshore Division of the ILWU representing 30 locals of longshore workers, clerks and foremen in US, Hawaii, Alaska and Canada
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