July 7th 2016

The International Dockworkers’ Council (IDC), International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) are calling on dockers’ unions around the world to organize an hour of activities on International Dockers’ Action Day July 7.

The aim of the day is to raise public awareness of the vital contribution dockworkers make to the world economy, the risks they face at work every day and the growing attacks on working conditions in ports. A tribute to fallen and injured comrades will be included.

Under the slogan “Defend Dockers’ Rights,” the global day of union action is an opportunity for port workers to call for: improved health and safety in the workplace, an end to job deregulation, respect for bargaining rights and collective agreements, the need for universal labor standards, the concerns over automation processes in terminals and social justice.

Jordi Aragunde, IDC general coordinator said: “This is the first time dock workers worldwide will act in unison to demonstrate our contribution to the world economy and underline the risks involved in our work.”

He said the event will show workers’ resolve to “defend not only the security of their jobs, but also their working conditions, dignity and collective bargaining power.”

“This day is a reaction to the fact that attacks on dockers aren’t going away, they’re escalating all the time all over the world,” said ITF President Paddy Crumlin. “The international dockers’ community isn’t going to stand for poor conditions, automation without union consultation or downgrading of the professional status of dockworkers.”

“This is longshoremen, dockers, wharfies in every corner of the world being clear about that and taking collective action to raise their profile and send a message to employers.”

Action will take place at 0800 local time for an hour.

The International Dockworkers Council (IDC) is a global trade union confederation, that brings together more than 85,000 dockworkers on five continents, and works to defend workers and their jobs through training and continuous improvement of their working conditions.

Headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, the IDC is organized into six areas (Europe, Africa, Western North America and Pacific Coast, East Coast of North America, Oceania and Latin America), each with its Coordinator appointed Assembly.)

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is an international federation of transport workers’ trade unions. Any independent trade union with members in the transport industry is eligible for ITF membership. MM&P is an ITF member.

Around 700 unions representing over 4.5 million transport workers from some 150 countries are members of the ITF. It is one of several global unions federation unions allied with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).

The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) is a new pan-European trade union organization that embraces transport trade unions from the European Union, the European Economic Area and Central and Eastern European countries.

The ETF represents more than 3.5 million transport workers from more than 230 transport unions and 41 European countries, in the following sectors: railways, road transport and logistics, maritime transport, inland waterways, civil aviation, ports and docks, tourism and fisheries.