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German capitalism dominates Europe, bleeds dry the working class in smaller countries and oppresses those countries via the imperialist European Union EU.

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At the same time, this means that dock workers internationally hold tremendous potential social power in their hands. Given their role in the economy, dock workers and seamen should understand their power to bring the capitalist profit system to a halt. What stands in the way are the nationalist and protectionist policies of the bureaucratic trade-union leadership, which has pledged fealty to the bosses. While there was a one-hour work stoppage in some ports, as in Le Havre, France as well as on the U. West Coast , in others there were only short interruptions.

Though this Day of Action did not significantly affect shipping, it symbolically demonstrated the potential of international dock worker solidarity.

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Effective international class struggle is necessary to resist the murderous chase after profits in the ports and aboard the ships. French dock workers showed their power when, beginning on May 24, they struck the oil terminals at Le Havre and Marseille for over two weeks. This action was in solidarity with the strike of the refinery workers and many others against the anti-union El Khomri law, a strike that paralyzed virtually all of France.

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His death must be laid at the feet of the HHLA bosses, who make their huge profits at the expense of on-the-job safety. Burchardkai is the largest container terminal in Hamburg and a showpiece terminal, one of the great pearls among the treasures of the Hamburg moneybags, who still use day laborers just as they did years ago. Conditions would be safer if there were a radio link between lashers and the crane operators and if there were an additional worker who could communicate when the lashers are busy. The crane operators at Burchardkai also lack a standard safety feature, which, when engaged, automatically limits the speed of the lash basket when people are being transported.

The HHLA bosses would rather skimp on the expense of safe procedures, which would require more personnel and equipment and would decrease profits.

Instead they prefer to play with the lives of the lashers. Lashers secure containers to ships and other containers using twistlocks and turnbuckles. Hard work? But good work, decent work. The terminal operators save money by employing workers from small, low-wage lashing outfits.

And even though companies like GHB pay the union contract rate, lashers are always on pay scales much lower than crane operators and other port workers. That is why we place the highest value on initial and continuous training. We offer top training opportunities in all our fields. Regular, adequate inspections could have prevented this accident. An article in the February issue of Verkehrsreport [ Transport Report ], journal of the trade union ver.

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Trade-union actions could have ensured that similar cranes would be examined at the known weak points. The death of one dock worker in Bremerhaven due to a crane component failure was obviously not seen by other terminal companies as any reason to inspect their own cranes. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Death of the Docks , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

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An Essex police spokesman said: "The man arrested in Northern Ireland yesterday is not due to arrive in Essex police custody until late this evening. The 34 people including 15 children were discovered after dock workers heard banging and screaming coming from one of the containers. Those found inside were taken to hospital, with many suffering from the effects of severe dehydration and hypothermia.

The dead man has been named as Meet Singh Kapoor. He was 40 years old.

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Friends of the dead man said he fled from Afghanistan after receiving threats of kidnapping and extortion demands. In a separate incident, a German lorry driver arrested on Tuesday after 15 foreign nationals were found in the back of his truck has been released on bail.