The IDC fully endorses the opposition of trade unions and civil organisations to the EU-USA free trade agreement, the TTIP - Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. In a similar fashion to CETA and other free trade agreements, the agreement is allegedly supposed to create new market opportunities, economic growth and an increase in job creation by opening up trade and removing more tariffs across the Atlantic.
The Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for ports, meeting in Brussels on 12th December 2014 adopted the following statement:
The IDC stands in solidarity with the ILWU in their West Coast contract negotiations with PMA which started in May 2014 and have been extended since July 1 when the contract expired.
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European dockers meet in Piraeus to implement actions to oppose the privatisation process in the Greek PortsIDC European Zone Press Release Piraeus, 25 November 2014
Press Release - IDC and Latin American ZoneTwelve dockworkers arrested after demonstrations in defense of labor rights
CONDEMNATION OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND LEGAL ACTIONS IN PARAGUAY AGAINST THE LOMP DEMONSTRATORS
IDC Press release – Barcelona, 11 November 2014Port workers represented by the Paraguayan union, the LOMP - Maritime Workers League of Paraguay are organizing a mass protest tomorrow with the closing of the Paraguay River at the height of the ports of San Francisco, Fenix and Ita Enramada to protest against the unilateral decision of the Paraguayan government to close the Port of Asuncion to build a leisure center.
The IDC fully endorses the opposition of both European and Canadian dockworker and maritime trade unions to CETA - the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) which will clearly damage and destroy work places in the maritime industry at both sides of the Atlantic.
Source:ilwu.orgSAN FRANCISCO, CA – Monday, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents over 70 multinational ocean carriers and maritime companies in contract negotiations with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), began a media offensive against the ILWU. PMA’s media offensive is designed to smear the union and to deflect responsibility from a growing congestion problem that is plaguing major West Coast ports.
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