Maersk is the parent company of Maersk Line, Safmarine and MCC Transport global container shipping companies, it also owns global network terminal operator APM terminals.
The network of seafarer and docker unions is designed to promote the needs of workers who are employed by Maersk, to identify priority areas of work and to give the ITF negotiating strength with the company.
In April 2016 the network achieved one of it's main objectives by getting agreement from Maersk that it will ensure that any vessel it charters has an ITF or similar agreement – which puts in place protections for crews on flag of convenience ships – covering it. Read more about this.
Through discussion and negotiation the network has also agreed on two other main objectives:
- To put together a union training and development programme to support new unions in APM terminals across the Arab World and Africa in building their bargaining capacity and in establishing strong unions. Also assess APM’s Latin America growth strategy and identify priorities for the global network terminals campaign.
- To build on the Maersk corporate social responsibility policy and the Global Labour Compact so that there is genuine, practical engagement between the company and ITF trade unions. At Maersk's AGM (annual general meeting) in Copenhagen in March 2017 the ITF made a statement to the board calling for a positive and productive relationship between the company and the ITF, but also advising Maersk that problems with existing industrial relations in certain locations needed to be tackled together. Read the statement in English
Are you a union with members working for Maersk? If you are or you want more information on the network, contact Steve Yandell in the ITF maritime team: firstname.lastname@example.org