Liverpool Dockworkers Message of Solidarity to ILWU Local 10

29th September 2014.

To the Members and Officers,
International Longshore & Warehouse Union,
ILWU Local 10,
400 North Point Street,
San Francisco, CA 94133.
Letter by Email.

Re: Message of Solidarity.

The Liverpool Dockworkers both past and present salute the actions of Local 10 and the Oakland Community Picket, taken against the Israeli government controlled Zim Line vessels. Furthermore their magnificent actions strike a blow against the Israel apartheid regime for their continued massacre and destruction of Gaza.

For far too long people in power have turned a blind eye to the Israeli slaughter of innocent Palestinian men, women and children, now we are seeing the labour and trade union movement in Oakland fighting back, and their actions must be supported by port and dockworkers the world over.

If we can be of any immediate help in terms of publicity or campaigning please let me know.

In Solidarity,


#StopZIMOak Action Update: Victory, Again! ILWU Workers Refuse to Unload ZIM SHANGHAI tugster: a waterblog9-28-14: VICTORY! ZIM is sent packing from Oakland Port as ILWU workers honor the community picket line and European Unions consider similar actions.

9-28-14 1:41AM: Zim is under the Golden Gate Bridge and destined for Long Beach but may pull another u-turn. Check for updates before going to AM picket.

9-28-14 11:59PM: Zim Shanghai is moving west to unknown berth/port. Meeting at 4:30AM at West Oakland BART and/or 5:00AM at Berth to be determined.

9-27-14 11:00 AM: AM Victory! ILWU honored our picket line. Meeting at W. Oakland BART at 4:30PM for march or 5:00PM at Berth 58.

9-26-14 7:00 PM: ZIM Shanghai is parked 50nm from Golden Gate pilot boarding area, expected to arrive in Oakland at 5AM.

9-26-14 2:30PM: Reports that Saturday (5AM) work schedule will be implemented. ZIM SHANGHAI is, currently, expected on Saturday 5AM as originally scheduled but may change. Please stay tuned.

9-26-14 1:32PM: Since #BlockTheBoat and autonomous online organizers made history last August 16-20 by blocking the apartheid-Israeli Zim Piraeus cargo ship from unloading for four straight days, Zim has been dancing around several US/Canadian ports from Vancouver to Tampa in order to avoid community protests that have garnered organized labor’s support in blocking the unloading/loading of Zim’s cargo ships.

Consistent with Mossad’s old motto, “By Way of Deception, Thou Shalt Do War”, Zim has fruitlessly attempted to fool anti-apartheid activists by delaying, u-turning, changing berths, etc. and this time is no different. Since yesterday, organizers (@14fp, @violentfanon, @hyphy_republic, @StopZIMOak) have been reporting that ZIM SHANGHAI is ahead of schedule and that there may be two different work schedules, one with berthing at 5PM Friday and one at 5AM Saturday.

Please, stay tuned as a call for action may be made for 5PM, Friday evening, ahead of the scheduled 5AM Saturday morning call.


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#BlockTheBoat Inspired #StopZIMOak Action Targets Zim Ship on 9/27 in Oakland

End the Siege of Gaza! Picket the Zim Shanghai

September 27!


ZIM SHANGHAI tugster: a waterblog

Israel and Hamas agreed to a set of conditions for a ceasefire on August 26th, after Israel had killed more than 2,100 Palestinians in Gaza – the majority civilians, more than a quarter of them children – and destroyed much of Gaza’s infrastructure, housing, hospitals and schools.

Israel claims it does not “occupy” Gaza, however it has complete control of Gaza’s land crossings, seacoast and air space and severely restricts the movement of people and the amount of food, medical supplies, and construction materials.

In 1984, in protest against South African Apartheid, the Bay Area longshore workers union, ILWU Local 10, went on strike for 11 days against the Nedlloyd Kimberly, a ship carrying South African cargo. In 2010, in response to the deadly Israeli attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Local 10 honored a picket by 1,200 community and labor activists of an Israeli-owned ZIM ship, refusing to unload the ship for 24 hours. And in August 2014, in a historic victory, community and labor activists blocked the Zim Piraeus from loading and completely unloading for five days, until it left the Bay.

We ask the ILWU to carry on its long historical tradition of opposing injustice and honoring community picket lines. Let’s keep the pressure on and continue this tradition of labor blockades against imperialist war and genocide.

Please come to a sustained community and labor activist picket beginning on September 27th to stop the Zim Shanghai from loading or unloading any cargo, from when it arrives in Oakland until it leaves. This will also send a message to stevedoring companies such as SSA who are pushing for concessions right now against longshore workers who are working without a contract.

Picket Lines Mean Don’t Cross!

An Injury to One is an Injury to All!

Solidarity with the People of Palestine!

Stop ZIM Action Committee

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