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First East Asia action next week

ITF inspectors, along with dockers’ and seafarers’ union members will begin the first East Asian maritime action week of 2013 on Monday across ports in Japan, Korea, Russia and Taiwan. The action week will run from 28 January to 1 February.

Joint inspection teams will check and enforce decent pay and working conditions onboard vessels. Particular attention will also be paid to informing seafarers of their rights under the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, ahead of its coming into force in August this year.

In Korea the ports of Kunsan and Dangjin will be added into those where ships are to be visited and checked. In Japan a rally will also be held at the premises of the Kotoku Kaiun company, which is accused of preventing union representatives from talking to seafarers working on its ships.


For more details please contact:

In the UK, Sam Dawson, ITF press officer.

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7940 9260. Email: dawson_sam@itf.org.uk

In Japan, Fusao Ohori. Tel: +81 3 5410 8330. Mobile: +81 90 6949 5469. Email: ohori_fusao@itf.org.uk

In Korea, Hye Kyung Kim. Tel: +82 2 716 2764. Mobile +82 10 5441 1232. Email: kim_hk@itf.org.uk

In Taiwan, Tse-Ting Tu. Tel: +886 (0)75212380. Mobile: +886 (0)988513979.

Email: tu_tse-ting@itf.org.uk or Sanders Chang. Tel: +886(0)2658 4514. Mobile: +886(0)955 415 705. Email: chang_sanders@itf.org.uk

In Russia, Petr Osichansky. Telephone: +7 4232 512 485. Mobile: +7(0)4232 706485. Email: osichansky_petr@itf.org.uk