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ICTSI takes fight to longshoremen in Portland

Philippine terminal operator International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) says it has taken a step forward to getting its operations at Portland back on track after months of fighting with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) at ICTSI Oregon.

In a release to the Philippine Stock Exchange, ICTSI said the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ordered the ILWU, ILWU Local 8, and ILWU Local 40 to cease and desist from a variety of activities at Terminal 6 in Portland that violate federal labour laws. ICTSI said these involved slowdowns and work stoppages.

“We are gratified by the NLRB’s ruling, which rejected all of the ILWU’s legal arguments. Hopefully, this decision will bring us one step closer to ending the ILWU’s orchestrated and illegal campaign to undermine the success of Terminal 6 and to convincing the shipping companies to return to the Port of Portland,” said ICTSI Oregon chief executive Elvis Ganda.

Continual labour problems have seen all but one liner company pull out from Terminal 6 this year.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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