Talks on a new labour contract are continuing, the PMA and ILWU say

Talks on a new labour contract are continuing, the PMA and ILWU say

Negotiations on a new labour contract for nearly 20,000 dockworkers at 29 ports on the west coast of the US will continue despite the end of the current agreement.

The previous six-year deal expired on Tuesday (1 July), but normal operations will continue at the ports, with cargo still being processed, until an agreement can be reached between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU).

In a joint statement, the two said they understood the “strategic importance” of the ports to the local, regional and US economies, and were mindful of the need to finalise a deal quickly to avoid disruption and loss of confidence in the ports.

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.