Trade unionists turned out in support of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) campaign against International Container Terminal Services Incorporated (ICTSI) which has been caught paying staff poverty wages.
They braved the rain outside the Terminal Operators’ Conference Africa in Durban, which was also attended by South African President Jacob Zuma.
An ITF report in October listed a litany of workers’ rights abuses by ICTSI, including poverty wages, poor safety standards and illegally outsourcing jobs to labour brokers around the world.
The ITF is still fighting to reinstate 43 Madagascan dockers sacked by ICTSI in 2012 merely for joining a union.
The federation’s president Paddy Crumlin said the protest sent “a message to governments and investors thinking of partnering with this company.”