Los Angeles: More than 500 American waterfront workers and their families shut down a Los Angeles shipping terminal and evicted a container ship loaded in Australia with non-union labor on Saturday .
Chanting "MUA here to stay!" and No scab cargo in L.A." demonstrators boycotted the Columbus Canada vessel loaded by Patrick Stevedore scabs in Australia
Steve Stallone, a spokesman with the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU)- North America's second-largest dockworkers' union , said the Los Angeles dockworkers were not on strike but instead were honoring a picket line outside the Port of Los Angeles' Matson Terminal.
Stallone said the picketers represented ``not a union demonstration, but a community demonstration'' in support of their Australian counterparts.
``This community knows it lives on the good living that longshoremen make,'' he said. ``They also know that if the union in Australia can be busted, then the ILWU can be busted.''
The Columbus Canada, the first ship loaded by scab labor in Austalia, meanwhile sat in limbo on Saturday morning as an arbitrator was called in to settle the dispute. Stallone said it was unlikely the owners would be able to unload the Columbus Canada without using union workers.
Last month, the ILWU asked its 60,000 members to boycott Australian beef and produce because of efforts by Australian farmers to bust that country's dockworkers' union, the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA).
Stallone said the ILWU, whose members work every major port along the West Coast from the United States-Mexico border to Alaska, was now considering the status of its boycott.
In Melbourne the Maritime Union of Australia held a picnic to celebrate the return to work with a group of Victorian farmers travelling to Melbourne on Sunday morning to show support for waterfront workers and donating a hundred kilograms of meat for a barbeque at the dock.
For one farmer, Mr Stephen Blennerhassett, a sheep and cattle farmer from Bengworden, near Bairnsdale, the trip to Melbourne was an opportunity to show support for the wharfies.The farmers are at odds with the National Farmers Federation, which they say is not looking after their best interests, and is too concerned with setting up a stevedoring business. "They haven't got the support in the bush they would like to think, "Mr Blennerhassett said: