One hundred delegates representing the dockworkers' unions of Greece, Cyprus, Malta, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, France, Norway, Belgium, Spain and Portugal met in Thessaloniki (Greece) on October 15 for the IDC European Zone Assembly.
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AFTER 102 days of at times bitter struggle, MUA members in Brisbane and Sydney voted overwhelmingly on Monday to rescind their previous EBA and to vote in another EBA to cover their working conditions over the next three years.
We have travelled a long way from our hapless position on August 6, when 97 workers were sacked by text & email, to the outcome that we have achieved this week. This is a credit to the rank and file, the leadership involved and the thousands of supporters who stood by us during this most difficult of times.
Leading representatives of the International Dockworkers Council (IDC) and the International Transport Workers Federation Dockers Section (ITF) met in Liverpool on Friday 25 September, before the 20th anniversary commemoration of the Liverpool Dockworkers strike. The meeting discussed the increased attacks upon Dockworkers globally from port owners and ship-owners, as well as industry problems, such as outsourcing and over-capacity that threaten members’ job security and conditions. At the same time, constant attacks against dockworkers’ collective rights all over the world are creating social tensions in many countries.
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