The ITF has slammed the shocking conditions of shipping in the Black Sea in a new report, Black Sea of Shame, published with trade unions from Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine.The report, launched on 25 June, the Day of the Seafarer, alleges that ancient shipping, rock-bottom and unpaid wages, assaults, sinkings and corruption are widespread on ships working in the Black Sea.
Poland has become the 26th member of International Labour Organization (ILO) to sign up to the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) – often known as the seafarers' "bill of rights". The MLC sets out minimum standards and fair working conditions for seafarers worldwide.
The ITF’s offshore task force group will call on the UK government to look into the suspected exploitation of Romanian rig workers in the UK port of Hartlepool.It is understood that the 48 workers, contracted by a Romanian company Grup Servicii Petroliere (GSP) to work on its offshore rig GSP Britannia, berthed in Hartlepool, are complaining that they have not been paid since October 2011.
The ITF has demanded that a trade unionist in Malaysia, who was suspended for his participation in the ITF’s south-east Asia flag of convenience (FOC) campaign week of action earlier this month, be reinstated.Megat Zamri Megat Abdul Aziz, president of the West Ports Staff Union, established to represent workers at West Ports in Klang, Malaysia, took part in the action on FOC vessels from 9-13 January. He joined volunteers from port and seafarer unions across Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines.
Philippines has finally ratified the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 185 (C185), which supports the internationally recognised biometric seafarers' identity document. The move means that Filipino seafarers – who make up a quarter of the world's merchant shipping crews – now have the right to shore leave and disembarkation without the need to obtain a visa in many countries.