ILA Protesters Bring the Fight To Protect Longshore Jobs Right To The Doorsteps of Ørsted Corporate Offices in New York City and Boston
Hundreds of Members of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) will rallied today in New York and Boston offices of at the two main offices of Ørsted US on Thursday, December 21, 2023, to draw public attention to the orchestrated attack on the ILA’s core work jurisdiction by Ørsted US, a developer of wind farms to produce electricity. The rallies were held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ørsted US’s New York office, located at 437 Madison Avenue, and at the Boston office, located at 399 Boylston Street. ILA Members marched and shouted demands that Ørsted respect ILA jurisdiction at waterfront facilities where wind turbine equipment is being shipped.
The work for which the ILA is requesting to be trained is done by dockworkers in ports around the world including Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, and Australia. Ørsted US continues to ignore the fact that the work in dispute in the ports is longshore work. The ILA, the International Transport Workers’ Federation, and the International Dockworkers’ Council and over 250 unions from 100 countries have repeatedly implored Ørsted US to respect the ILA’s jurisdiction. However, despite these attempts, Ørsted US’s parent company, Ørsted A/S, has failed to hold Ørsted US accountable for its lapses in recognizing the ILA’s work jurisdiction, which is the same as the work jurisdiction of dockworkers around the world. The ILA, the ITF and the IDC want to ensure that all dockworkers are respected in Ørsted’s current and future projects.