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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

13 Aug 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. Natural Fruit began legal...

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...
 

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Press releases

14 Aug 2014
ITF congress remembers 1889 London dockers’ strike
 The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) congress in Sofia, Bulgaria, today remembered the 1889 Great London Dock Strike as a great early example of international solidarity. Meanwhile in the UK Unite the Union today sent a boat...

10 Aug 2014
Campaign for justice for Panama Canal workers
 The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has ramped up its campaign against the Panama Canal Authority over its ongoing failure to provide decent pay and safe working conditions for more than 9,000 affiliated maritime workers in the...
 

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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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Copyright © 2012 ITF
ITF House, 49-60 Borough Road, London SE1 1DR  |  +44 20 7403 2733   |  mail@itf.org.uk