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ITF targets DP World

A new global union alliance formed of unions based in DP World terminals has vowed to raise standards in health and safety, automation and contract labour.

The ITF DP World global union alliance is setting out its first series of objectives during a major ITF dockers’ conference in Cape Town, South Africa this week.

ITF president and dockers’ section chair Paddy Crumlin said: “This alliance is part of our ongoing response to global multinationals that behave differently depending on whey are operating in the world. We can’t and won’t accept that. We are striving for minimum standards across the board on health and safety, automation and contract labour. We are standing up to say that whether you’re in India, Canada, South America or the UK, union busting activities will not be tolerated and there is a global network of unions ready to demonstrate that. Competition and corporate growth based upon exploiting and diminishing dockers’ rights cannot be tolerated.”

Crumlin called for DP World to apply consistent and transparent standards of decent work, union recognition and respect for social partnership and bargaining rights in all its operations across the world.

The alliance includes 17 unions organising in DP World terminals across the globe.

DP World spokespeople have yet to reply to questions sent by Splash earlier today.

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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