The Madagascan Government will be the target of a protest at 08:30 tomorrow (18 October) at the African Ports Evolution conference in Durban, South Africa. The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), and its affiliate the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU), will demand that the government immediately take all necessary steps to reinstate 43 dock workers sacked at the ICTSI-operated Port of Toamasina.
The PNG Maritime and Transport Workers Union and landowner groups are holding protests in Lae and Port Moresby today against Philippine port operator, ICTSI. Landowner groups are angry that they were excluded from the bid process, with the benefits of PNG port development flowing to a global company with a record of poor governance, predatory pricing and severe labour and safety violations.
On Monday, trade unions in Pakistan marched from the Karachi Port to the Karachi Press Club, expressing solidarity, and vowing to raise their voices against the exploitation of the dock workers at ICTSI ports in Madagascar and Indonesia.
Analysis carried out by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) released today has found an emerging pattern of labour rights violations throughout one of the world's fastest growing stevedoring companies: International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI).
As a result of Hutchison’s refusal to negotiate in good faith, ITF affiliate, SPJICT has been forced to ramp up its campaign. Today, in Jakarta, union members and their supporters took the campaign from the waterfront to Hutchison-owned health and beauty retailer Watsons.
The Government of Madagascar is coming under increasing international pressure to resolve a major industrial dispute at the ICTSI Port of Toamasina. Today, local union leader Lucien Razafindraibe will deliver a joint letter from international fashion brands to the Madagascan Labour Minister in the Madagascan capital, Antananarivo.
The Indonesian Government is coming under pressure to intervene in a major industrial dispute developing with port operator ICTSI after Australian unions protested and delivered a joint letter to the Indonesian Minister for National Development Planning Bambang Brodjonegoro in Canberra today.
The plight of the Malagasy 43 - dockworkers sacked in Madagascar for standing up for their rights – has reached the highest levels of the Madgascan Government today with protests at Parliament and meetings scheduled with Government to try and resolve the dispute.
The Indonesian Government is coming under pressure to intervene in a major industrial dispute developing with port operator ICTSI. Find out the facts about the unethical corporate practices in the Port of Tanjunk Priok in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Esprit garments are manufactured in Madagascan factories. At the Port of Toamasina, dock workers work in unsafe and dangerous working conditions, and without minimum safety equipment, loading Esprit’s garments onto ships bound for Asia, Europe, and Australia.
Levi’s are industry leaders in developing policies to improve workers’ rights in global supply chains. However, there is a hidden workforce who continue to labour in extremely dangerous and exploitative conditions to ensure that Levi’s jeans reach stores across globe.
This report outlines the background to Madagascan dock workers case in their fight for an end to precarious, low-paid, and ongoing exploitation of workers and unacceptable safety standards at the Port of Toamasina.