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Inspection team boards a ship during recent ITF campaign*

The ITF has been helping seafarers since 1896 and today represents the interests of seafarers worldwide, of whom over 600,000 are members of ITF affiliated unions. The ITF is working to improve conditions for seafarers of all nationalities and to ensure adequate regulation of the shipping industry to protect the interests and rights of the workers. The ITF helps crews regardless of their nationality or the flag of their ship (See About this Section for more).


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News online

24 Jun 2014
ITF celebrates Day of the Seafarer
The ITF is once again backing the IMO’s (International Maritime Organization’s) Day of the Seafarer – the annual worldwide celebration of seafarers and what they do for us all – which will be held tomorrow, 25 June. ITF seafarers’ section chair...

13 Jun 2014
Freed at last – Albedo hostages on their way home
Eleven seafarers held hostage by Somali pirates for over three and a half years have finally been released, with the prospect of seeing their families once more after a terrible ordeal. The seven Bangladeshi, two Sri Lankan, one Indian and one...
 

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Press releases

18 Jul 2014
World offshore labour body opposes Oz govt visa trick
The chair of the International Transport Workers’ Federation’s offshore task force group today condemned the Australian government’s move to override a Senate vote and allow the use of a maritime crew visa that will undermine working conditions in...

23 Jun 2014
East Asia maritime week begins
ITF inspectors and dockers’ and seafarers’ union members began an East Asian maritime action week today in ports in Japan, Korea, Russia and Taiwan. The event runs from 23 to 27 June. During the event joint inspection teams will check and...
 

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Flags of Convenience campaign
For over 50 years the ITF, through its affiliated seafarers' and dockers' unions, has been waging a vigorous campaign against shipowners who abandon the flag of their own country in search of the cheapest possible crews and the lowest possible training and safety standards for their ships.

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