Tackling the issues facing seafarers worldwide
Improving working conditions at sea requires sustained pressure. ITF has a proud history of making life at sea safer and campaigning against flags of convenience.
Below are details of the issues ITF is currently involved with. Find out more and get involved.
ITF and IMEC, working in partnership
Find out more about this unique collaboration.
Maritime labour convention
As a seafarer, do you know there is a bill of rights to ensure you have decent living and working standards? This includes everyone working on board…
Flags of convenience
Seafarers are vital to all of us. They travel the globe with everything we need, from bananas, oil, gas and building materials to cloth, grain and…
Help for seafarers
If you work at sea and your vessel is unsafe or in a substandard condition, your wages haven’t been paid or your employer is ignoring your rights,…
If you work at sea and need help and advice on labour issues, contact your seafarers’ union. By joining an ITF-affiliated union, you also gain…
The Black Sea project
Promoting education, legislation and unionisation
Container safety isn’t just an issue for the transport industry. Poorly packed and stowed containers can cause structural damage, injury and even…
Maritime Roundtable 2016
The Maritime Roundtable (MRT) 2016 will take place in Montreal, Canada 20-23 September 2016
The Maersk network has been set up in recognition of the fact that, either directly or indirectly, thousands of ITF transport workers are employed…
Seafarers’ Bulletin 2017
The 2017 edition of the ITF’s flagship annual publication for seafarers
Day of the Seafarer 2016
As part of celebrations for the IMO Day of the Seafarer 2016 the ITF has interviewed IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim.
Woman captain wins bravery award
Captain Menon, hero and trade unionist, tells how she and her crew won the IMO Bravery at Sea award
Calling all seafarers!
On 18 January 2017 important new rules came into force on abandonment.
Criminalisation is one of the most serious problems facing seafarers today. When there has been a maritime accident, or a pollution infringement,…
Without permanent employment for domiciled seafarers maritime skills will simply disappear.
Read about the ITF's work in the IMO and other forums on ship automation.