Portuguese Dockworkers Pledge Full Support to ILA In Negotiations and Will Engage In Sympathy Job Action if USMX Persists With Their Hard Line Stance
The leader of Portuguese Dockworkers, Joćo Alves, sent an urgent message to his membership calling on world wide solidarity with the International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO. Brother Alves proclaimed that the Portuguese longshoremen will strike in support of the ILA if USXM persists with their "take it or leave it" contract proposals.
The statement from Brother Alves read in part:
The employers have put some unrealistic demands on the table and have said to the ILA, "take it or leave it".
After galvanizing his support from every port along the east and gulf coast of the United States, President Harold Daggett decided to break off negotiation and prepare his membership for a possible strike. USMX's "take it or leave it" position is exactly what Governments are doing around the world to trade unions and workers.
Meanwhile, the International Dockworkers Council has posted the following on its website to show support for the ILA:
THE IDC HAS CALLED ON ALL AFFILIATED UNIONS TO BE PREPARED FOR SOLIDARITY ACTIONS IF REQUIRED AND HAS ENCOURAGED ALL AFFILIATES TO SEND THEIR SOLIDARITY LETTERS TO THE ILA.