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Thursday, May 24, 2018

International Transport Workers Federation News

Brazil Dock Workers Scrap Port Strike Plans

Brazil's National Federation of Stevedores, known as FNE, on Wednesday scrapped a plan for a nationwide strike over hiring and pension practices in peak soy exporting season. "We have suspended the strike in order to give the government more time" to make an offer, FNE President Wilton Barreto told Reuters by phone from Brasilia. He said the union had not decided on a date to reconsider a strike. Stevedores walked off the job on several occasions last year to protest a law Congress passed that allows the sale of port terminals to private companies because they feared union jobs could

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Unions Demand Justice for Philippines Fishery Workers

Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) demanded the reinstatement of 78 unfairly sacked workers at Philippines seafood supplier Citra Mina – and promised the workers their continuing support. The 78 are fishers and cannery workers at the General Santos-based firm. They were dismissed when they asked for union recognition at the company. A strike and mediation efforts followed, but they remain barred from their jobs. Before the strike there were around 400 regular employees in the

Martek Bucks the Trend on Gender Divide

and IMO published a book to highlight the achievements of women in the maritime sector, concluding the maritime industry needs more women, particularly in leadership roles.   A year later the IMO launched the video “Making Waves: women leaders in the maritime world” in support of International Women’s Day 2015. The video reports on continuing efforts by IMO and the World Maritime University (WMU) to promote the advancement of women in shipping.   Also in 2015 The International Transport Workers’ Federation estimated that only 2% of the world’s maritime workforce

Cameroon Raises Salaries as it Faces Opposition to Fuel Subsidy Cuts

is, from the date of the signature of this decree, raised by 5 percent," read the decision signed by President Paul Biya. Transport workers had threatened to go on strike from Monday to protest the decision to cut the subsidies, raising the spectre of unrest as the country tries to please international donors. However, union officials said on Monday they agreed to a government request for a one-month delay of the planned strike to allow time to negotiate a settlement. "Since the government began with the increase in civil servant salaries, we are confident that our complaints will

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Sea Sunday Highlights the Plight of Abandoned Seafarers

really seaworthy. The crew were short of food and thirsty. The men needed their wages to send home, so they were trapped on board. I managed to get them phone cards, arrange a regular supply of food and kept them company. No-one was there for them except the Mission and I put them in touch with the International Transport Workers’ Federation, the international seafarers’ union.” Sea Sunday is held all over the world by The Mission to Seafarers in every continent with services of thanksgiving and prayer to remember the hard work that seafarers undertake for British people, by bringing

Argentine Port Strike May Cut Soy Flow, Raise World Food Prices

Argentina's main grains port of Rosario was paralyzed at midday on Wednesday by an open-ended wage strike by boat captains needed to help dock incoming cargo ships, the country's port management chamber said.   At a busy time of the year for exporters, smack in the middle of Southern Hemisphere soy and corn harvest season, the country's dock workers also threatened a work stoppage if their own pay demands are not met.   The strikes threaten to slow supply from grains powerhouse Argentina, putting upward pressure on world food prices. The country is the world's top exporter of soymeal

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Washington Maritime Economy Grows Stronger -Study

A new report from the Washington Maritime Federation shows strong health of industry, increased average salaries and tremendous opportunity to continue to grow maritime jobs.   The Washington State Maritime Sector Economic Impact Study 2017 Update, released at the April 2017 Propeller Club luncheon, updates the seminal 2013 study of the same name and provides a detailed analysis of the positive economic impact of the state’s maritime industry.   “This study builds upon past efforts and clearly shows the maritime industry is a cornerstone of the State’s economy, providing

ILO Minimum Wage for Seafarers to Stay at $614

The recommended International Labor Organization (ILO) Minimum Wage for Able Seafarers will remain at its current level of $ 614 basic pay per month until at least 2018. This follows an ILO Joint Maritime Commission (JMC) meeting held in Geneva last week, comprising representatives of maritime employers co-ordinated by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and seafarers’ unions co-ordinated by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF). Speaking after the ILO JMC meeting on behalf of ICS, the spokeperson for the Shipowners’ Group, Max Johns (German Shipowners&rsq

Survey Shows Need for Seafarer HIV and Wellbeing Action

A survey released by the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has highlighted the need for continuing work on HIV/AIDS and wellbeing among seafarers. Available at http://goo.gl/L8AWxH the report A broader vision of seafarer wellbeing: survey of ITF maritime affiliates on HIV/AIDS, health and wellbeing questioned 34 trade unions and 608 seafarers. The results may be surprising. Despite all the work that has gone into education about HIV/AIDS, many myths about its transmission remain – including in one labor supplying country where only 17 percent of respondents believed

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ILO Minimum Wage for Seafarers to Stay at $614

 The recommended International Labour Organization (ILO) Minimum Wage for Able Seafarers will remain at its current level of US$ 614 basic pay per month until at least 2018.   This follows an ILO Joint Maritime Commission (JMC) meeting held in Geneva last week, comprising representatives of maritime employers co-ordinated by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and seafarers’ unions co-ordinated by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).   Speaking after the ILO JMC meeting on behalf of ICS, the spokeperson for the Shipowners’ Group, Max Johns

ITF World Congress Begins Sunday in Bulgaria

The four-yearly world congress of the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) will begin on Sunday in Sofia, Bulgaria. Running from August 10-16, the event is the ITF’s decision making event, at which its affiliated trade unions set the agenda for the next four years and elect its executive board, president, vice presidents and general secretary. Approximately 1,800 people, including staff and participants from 371 trade unions in 116 countries, have registered for the congress, which will be the 43rd in the ITF’s 118 year history. The event is being held at

Kongsberg full mission engine room simulator, National University ‘Odessa Maritime Academy’ (Photo: ITF)

IMEC, ITF Invest $3 Mln in Ukraine Maritime Training

The International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) have agreed to invest $3 million in Ukrainian marine training. The donation is being made from the Seafarers’ Employment Promotion Fund (SEPF), a unique training fund sourced from collective bargaining agreements negotiated by the two organizations.    IMEC and the ITF work together as social partners to administer the SEPF. The funds will support the work of the Kherson State Maritime Academy (KSMA) and the National University ‘Odessa Maritime Academy’

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Officer Shortage in Shipping

The international shipping industry will require an additional 42,500 officers by the end of 2019 to cope with the expected growth in the main cargo carrying fleet, according to the latest manning report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.    The analysis was made according to the expected growth in the main cargo carrying fleet, which is equivalent to 7 percent over the five year period. The analysts say that the large number of officers have needed to satisfy the expected growth in shipping.    Current officer supply is in the order of 615,000 and a nominal

Australia Bans Bulker for Underpaying Crew

, has been banned from entering Australian ports for a period of 12 months after authorities uncovered a scheme which saw the vessel’s crew being intentionally underpaid.   The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said it received a complaint on Friday, September 8 via the International Transport Workers’ Federation alleging discrepancies in the payment of wages for the crew of the DL Carnation. An AMSA surveyor attended the vessel in Gladstone and found that the ship was operating with two sets of wage accounts on board: one showing the amount of pay the crew should have

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Port Worker Crushed to Death in Jakarta

According to an announcement from the International Transport Workers’ Federation, an Indonesian worker who was killed on the job at the International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) facility in Jakarta overnight. According to the ITWF report, Local unions say the 40-year-old man was fatally crushed at 22.10 local time when a refrigerated container was dropped onto his truck, crushing the cabin and killing the driver, the second workplace fatality at the Port of Jakarta in three weeks.   “Every worker deserves to come home safely at the end of their shift and our thoughts

Ingalls employees leave the company gym on Singing River Island after placing their votes on a union contract extension

Ingalls Shipbuilding Union Inks Contract Extension

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that the Pascagoula Metal Trades Council (PMTC) and local chapters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), United Federation of Special Police and Security Officers (UFSPSO) and Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) approved an extension of the collective bargaining agreement with the company's Ingalls Shipbuilding division. "This collaboration between management and labor is another example of how we continue to work together to ensure we provide the best opportunities for our shipbuilders and at the

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ITF Repeats Call for Rotterdam Dialogue as Dockers Protest

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation)  called for all-party talks on the future of the port of Rotterdam, as dockers refused to unload a ship loaded at the new Rotterdam Gateway (RWG) terminal. RWG, unlike other companies at the port, refuses to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with port workers, who are represented by the FNV Havens union.   On Sunday the vessel Alsvin loaded containers at RWG, in what was believed to be a test operation. It then moved to the ECT terminal in Rotterdam to discharge them. Dockers refused to unload them.   ITF

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