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Asia/Pacific Blog launched

A blog for the ITF Asia/Pacific region has now been launched featuring news, updates, links and other information from the region.

Please feel free to post your comments, feedback and ideas in response to blog entries. If you have any queries please email

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In the Asia/Pacific region priority is given to organising the unorganised, promoting and conducting trade union education and strengthening the capacity of transport unions to deliver solidarity. Addressing HIV/AIDS issues is a region-wide priority as are gender and youth activities and participation in ITF activities at all levels.

The region is geographically the largest and in terms of number of transport workers organised by affiliates it is the second largest after Europe, with more than 1.1 million. ITF Asia/Pacific affiliates are represented in 30 countries, the most recently affiliated of which are in the Maldives and Tonga.

There are now three offices in the Asia/Pacific region - Delhi, Sydney and Tokyo. The Delhi Office has overall responsibility for the Asia/Pacific region as well as South Asia, Central Asia and South-East Asia sub-regions specifically. The Sydney Office is the base for South Pacific (including Timor-Leste) sub-regional activities. The Tokyo Office is the base for East Asian sub-regional activities. The Regional Secretary heads the Delhi Office supported by the Assistant Regional Secretary and a Deputy Regional Secretary is in charge of each of Sydney and Tokyo Offices.


News online

Protest in the Citra Mina fisheries dispute in Philippines 5 September 2014
Philippines tuna workers escalate dispute action with help of international delegation
Philippines tuna workers dismissed for forming a union have staged a week of action with the support of an international delegation from the ITF/IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and... more >>


Andy Hall 13 August 2014
Thai pineapple industry urged to act over labour rights case
ITF acting general secretary Steve Cotton has joined 110 international labour rights organisations and activists in an effort to get Natural Fruit in Thailand to drop its legal case against a labour rights researcher. more >>


Press releases

3 September 2014
East Asia action week is under way
ITF inspectors and dockers’ and seafarers’ union members began an East Asian maritime action week on Monday in ports in Japan, Korea, Russia and Taiwan.

The event runs from 1-5 September and during it joint inspection teams will check and enforce decent pay and working conditions onboard vessels.

In Japan a rally will also be held at the premises of the Kotoku Kaiun company, which refuses to talk with union representatives. more >>


Andy Hall 3 September 2014
Thai trial of British researcher is ‘blatant victimisation’
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has condemned the trial of a British human rights defender Andy Hall, which opened in Thailand yesterday, as a clear example of victimisation... more >>


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