The ITF Seafarers’ Trust has made a USD $55,000 emergency grant to enable local unions to help the families of those who have died or are in a serious condition, following a release of noxious chlorine gas at the port of Aqaba, Jordan this week.
The UN ILO once again convened the latest bipartite round of negotiations between shipowners and seafarers’ unions from across the world, coordinated by the ICS and the ITF, respectively.
But the ITF and its affiliates warn that rogue lobbyists, Shipping Australia, risk undermining the policy advances on cabotage and have called on its supporters in the industry to abandon it.
Seafarers’ groups have won the right to mandatory social connectivity for crews –including internet access – in updates to the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC), but are disappointed that shipowners and governments may seek to charge for it.
Today we mark International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD). A day when we mourn for those who have been killed at work – taken from their friends, families and workmates too soon.
More than 50 leaders from transport unions assembled to condemn the company’s treatment of the P&O Ferries’ workers, and to urge DP World to start living up to its own values.
Officials at the Port of Dover yesterday refused access to ITF Inspectors who were present in order to investigate welfare issues that had been raised by replacement crew members on board P&O Ferries’ vessels in the port.
More than 100 people seeking refuge from the conflict in Ukraine have been supported to reach safety as part of a joint humanitarian initiative set up by the ITF, the ITF Seafarers’ Trust, the Marine Transport Workers’ Trade Union of Ukraine (MTWTU) and global ship manager V.Group.
International maritime employers and unions are urging governments to significantly increase efforts to ensure safe and secure passage for vessels following reports of mines drifting in the Black Sea.