ITF dockers’ section representatives meeting in Perth, Australia, have backed the ITF-affiilated Peruvian SUTRAMPORPC union as it prepares to begin an indefinite strike at APM Terminals’ North Pier terminal in Callao, Peru tomorrow.
ITF president and chair of the ITF dockers’ section, Paddy Crumlin, explained: “Our friends and colleagues in Peru have our unanimous support, as they get ready to take indefinite strike action. They have not taken this decision lightly, they have taken it in pursuit of fair and equitable working conditions in the port. We urge APMT to address those inequalities and step back from confrontation.”
The dockers’ section, which represents dockworkers’ unions worldwide, resolved as follows:
To call on APM Terminals to:
- Respect national and international legislation;
- Engage in proper negotiations;
- End the discrimination against Dockers; and
- Agree wage increases in line with company profit.
To call on DP World to:
- Respect national legislation;
- Recognise SUTRAMPORPC; and
- Honour the decision of the Peruvian Constitutional Court to agree a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with SUTRAMPORPC.
To support SUTRAMPORPC Members, who are due to strike on 13 May 2015, in their struggle for fair and safe working conditions.
The dockers section also urged all ITF affiliates to provide active solidarity support to SUTRAMPORPC and its members by any and all available lawful means.