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The public announcements of the ILWU, the dockworkers’ union on the US west coast, have given the impression of an organisation utterly impervious to the chaos in the wider supply chain resulting from its actions earlier in the year. Yes, the root causes of the port congestion may be found elsewhere, but it was undoubtedly exacerbated by the slowdowns by dockworkers. For as clear and concise a summation of the arguments over the ILWU’s role in the biggest crisis to hit US supply chains for the best part of a decade, read this finely written piece from DC Velocity’s managing editor.

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