US: Port contract negotiations pause once again
Both parties have pledged to keep cargo moving
Talks concerning a new labour contract for US West Coast dockworkers have been paused for the third time this month.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) said both parties concluded negotiations on Friday (25 July).
In a statement, they said no talks will take place from 28 July to 1 August so that the ILWU can resume unrelated contract negotiations in the Pacific Northwest.
Talks are expected to resume on 4 August in San Francisco.
The contract is negotiated between the operators of port terminals and shipping lines, represented by the PMA, and the dockworkers, represented by the ILWU, and the collective bargaining agreements date back to the 1930s. The previous six-year contract for nearly 20,000 dockworkers at 29 ports expired on 1 July.
While there is no contract extension in place, both parties says they have pledged to keep cargo moving.
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