Twin action weeks sweep seas for substandard shipping

Two ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) action weeks will cover East Asian waters and the Black Sea in a sweep to search out and rectify substandard conditions. Both events will run from 6 to 10 July.

In the East Asia event teams of ITF inspectors and dockers’ and seafarers’ union members will visit vessels in ports in Japan, Korea, Russia and Taiwan to inspect and enforce decent pay and working conditions.

In Japan a rally will also be held at the headquarters of the Kotoku Kaiun company, over its refusal to engage in dialogue with union representatives.

Meanwhile in the Black Sea – dubbed ‘the sea of shame’ by the ITF for the shocking casualties and conditions there – inspection teams in Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Israel will be aiming to eradicate or reduce the levels of dangerously substandard shipping there. Alongside this mission they aim to educate seafarers about their rights and publicly highlight what is going on with shipping on the Black Sea.

To add to the problems of the Black Sea, much of whose shipping is characterised by its age, unsuitability and uninsured status, there has been a collapse in wheat freight rates that is likely to lead to a new downward spiral of competition and possible company failures.

For more about ITF unions’ campaign to improve shipping on the Black Sea please visit:
For more details please contact
ITF press and editorial manager Sam Dawson in London. Email:  Tel: +44 (0)20 7940 9260, or one of the national contact persons for the weeks of action:
Bulgaria: Vladimir Miladinov. Email: Tel: +359 887 888 921
Georgia: Merab Chijavadze. Email:  Tel:
+995 5 93 261303
Israel: Michael Shwartzman. Email :
Tel :+972 544 699282
Japan: Fusao Ohori. Email: Tel: +81 3 5410 8330. Mobile: +81 90 6949 5469.
Korea: Hye Kyung Kim. Email: Tel: +82 2 716 2764. Mobile +82 10 5441 1232.
Romania: Adrian Mihalciou. Email: Tel: +40 722 248 828
Russia: Sergey Fishov. Email:  Tel:  +7 911 096 9383
Taiwan: Tse-Ting Tu. Email: Tel: +886 (0)75212380. Mobile: +886 (0)988513979.
Turkey: Unal Turkel. Email:  Tel: +90 216 494 51 75
Ukraine: Oleg Grigoryuk. Email: Tel: +380 50 333 31 18

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