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ILWU members vote in favour of five-year contract

ILWU members vote in favour of five-year contract
The US west coast dock workers tentative five-year contract has been fully ratified by both unions and employers.

Some 82% of members of the International Longshore Workers Union (ILWU) voted in favour of the new five-year agreement on Friday. This followed the ratification of the agreement by employers under the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) two days earlier.

“The negotiations for this contract were some of the longest and most difficult in our recent history,” said ILWU International president Robert McEllrath.

The agreement will run retroactively from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2019 and covers 20,000 dockworkers.

A three month period of go-slows by union members and suspension of operations by terminal operators prior to reaching the tentative agreement caused severe congestion in US West Coast ports earlier this year.