DP World blighted by global union action

07 Oct 2013
Expected union activities include lawful action at DPW terminals worldwide

Expected union activities include lawful action at DPW terminals worldwide

Dockers’ unions affiliated with the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) are staging actions today to resolve problems at DP World terminals worldwide.

The planned actions are the latest move in an ongoing campaign to highlight the need for DPW to listen to its workers and engage with unions worldwide over trade union rights and representation.

Paddy Crumlin, president, ITF, said: “DPW unions have resolved to use this action day to promote positive and transparent dialogue with the company in various locations because they're committed to finding solutions where there are currently disputes.”

Xavier Woodward, communications manager, DP World London Gateway, told Port Strategy: “DP World London Gateway fully respects the legal right and free choice that all London Gateway employees have to belong to any union (including Unite). We have met Unite many times in the past 12 months and made this point on each occasion.”

ITF unions in several locations are involved in ongoing negotiations with DPW, including at London Gateway, the Port of Brisbane, Chennai container terminal and at the Port of Callao.

An ITF spokesperson told PS: "There have already been letters handed in to DPW management in Australia and in Mumbai and we expect more of the same across our other regions today and into tomorrow."

Unions are also expected to visit United Arab Emirates embassies as part of the actions.

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