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ILWU Rank and File Back Picket Of Zim ship Piraeus At Port Of Oakland
ILWU Local 10 and ILWU Local 34 rank and file backed a picket line at the Port Of Oakland SSA terminal operator to stop the work on the Zim Line ship Piraeus for four days. Longshore workers talk about why they supported the picket line and the role of Oakland police and Alameda County Deputies in their effort to stop the solidarity action
In a four day labor community picket at the Port of Oakland, ILWU
rank and file from Local 10 and Local 34 abided by a picket line
despite the presence of hundreds of police and Alameda County
Deputies to force the longshore workers to cross the picket lines.
The picketing of the Zim ship took place between August 17 through
August 20, 2014. After failing to get longshore to work the cargo
at port operator SSA, the ship left the terminal went out to sea
and then returned to Ports America where efforts were made to
unload the cargo by deceiving members of the unions. Only a
small percentage of the cargo was removed and the ship left for
Russia without fully unloading and not picking up any cargo. This
successful solidarity picket against the role of Israel in the bombing
and massacres of the people of Gaza backed by US military and
economic aid is a real threat to the Israel shipping line.
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Labor and community activists joined the picket line to stop the work on the Israeli Zim ship Piraeus
Howard Keylor, ILWU Local 10 retired union member supported the picket of the Zim ship Piraeus
ILWU Local 10 and ILWU Local 34 members refused to cross the picket line
The Zim ship Piraeus in an effort to shake the pickets left the terminal and went outside the bay and then snuck back into the port to unload cargo.
Picketing and protests were also held in Los Angeles against the Zim Line.