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Job security for port workers

Long-term skilled labour makes for safer and more productive ports

Dockers work in a competitive and increasingly privatised industry. Operators cut costs by hiring unskilled and casual labour, often provided by sub-contractors. This can put lives at risk as untrained workers take on the dangerous job of cargo handling. Dock work is heavily reliant on communication. This is greatly improved by having a regular, organised workforce who are familiar with each other.

The ITF supports its affiliates’ fight to protect:

  • job security
  • terms and conditions
  • trade union rights
  • safe working practices

We emphasise the importance of long-term skilled labour to the safe and efficient running of ports.

For more information contact the ITF dockers' section at

Stand up for your rights

Have your members been affected by privatisation or the casualisation of dockers' work? Email 

Read the ITF resolution on job security