Affiliate film shows dark side of Black Sea

Seafarers’ lives are being put at risk by substandard ships in use on the Black Sea – that’s the key message of a new film produced by Turkish ITF-affiliated seafarers’ union the Marine Employees Solidarity Association (DAD-DER).

The film, which is available in English, Turkish and Russian, highlights the experiences of seafarers in the region.


A 2012 report uncovered poor standards of living and working conditions, low wages and unseaworthy vessels.

A subsequent 2014 report found these issues to be ongoing.

The ITF is working with unions in the region to try and improve the situation for seafarers. Captain Ural Cagirici from DAD-DER said: “We want to promote this film and its core message to transport workers worldwide, but also to a wider audience beyond the trade union movement. The fact that seafarers are risking their lives to make a living isn’t just a trade union issue, it’s a human rights issue too. At the moment seafarers in this region aren’t getting the protection they need and that’s something we want to change.”

The project is focused on three main areas; education, primarily through action weeks; ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention by Black Sea states; and organising the region’s seafarers.

Get more on the Black Sea Project strategy and get involved in this and other ITF campaigns by joining the solidarity network

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