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12 Mar 2012
Solidarity with stranded Moroccan seafarers


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19 July 2012:
Thanks to the support shown by ITF affiliates through the solidarity campaign and the work of the UMT union, Moroccan seafarers stranded in Spain and France have now been repatriated. The work to secure them their wages owed continues. Read more here >>


The ITF is calling on Seafarers’ affiliates to support seafarers of the COMANAV FERRY and COMARIT SA vessels.

Over 360 seafarers are facing shortages of food, fuel and pay in the ports of Algeciras, Spain, and Sete, France, following a drastic reduction of operations by Morocco’s Comanav/Comanrit Ferry companies that has led to the laying up of 11 ships in Spanish, French and Moroccan ports. The company is known to be still functioning short of bankruptcy. Some 1800 seafarers and shore staff are affected.
 
The ITF and its Moroccan affiliated union UMT are appealing for the Moroccan diplomatic missions to intervene to ensure that the companies’ obligations to pay all its crew are honoured.
 
Affiliates sent letters of protest to their Moroccan diplomatic missions. View the archived letter template here >>
 


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Solidarity with stranded Moroccan seafarers

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Background

The union has informed the ITF of the following events and actions:

7 June 2012: Seafarers from the four ships owned by COMANAV-COMARIT waiting for the back payment of wages protested today outside the offices of the Consulate of Morocco to Algeciras. Read more here >> (This article is in French)

25 May 2012: Maritime workers in Spain take part in mass rally in support of stranded seafarers. Read more here >>

11 May 2012: Dockers in Morocco are taking solidarity strike action in support of stranded seafarers. Read more here >>

12 April 2012: A representative from Moroccan union UMT is in France visiting seafarers stranded on COMANAV-COMARIT vessels in Sète.

Meanwhile the rugby team of ITF affiliates Fédération FO de l'Equipement, de l'Environnement, des Transports et des Services (FO) organised a match against a team of journalists with funds raised from the event going towards helping crew members currently stranded in Sète.


March 2012: comarit/comanav cancels a number of meetings with Moroccan union UMT.

March 2012: The UMT sends a letter to the Moroccan Prime Minister asking his intervention on behalf of the stranded seafarers

17 February 2012: The ITF and UMT appeal for the company to pay all its crews, and for the Moroccan government’s Maritime Authority and Transport Ministry to intervene to ensure that its obligations are honoured. Read more here >>

February 2012:
Protests take place outside comarit/comana headquarters in Tangiers in Morocco and outside the Moroccan Ministry of Transport in Rabat.

16 February 2012:
A press conference is held in Algeciras highlighting plight of the Moroccan seafarers stranded in Spain.

2 February 2012:
First visit of ITF to vessels in Spain. Followed up with visits on 9 and 15 February.

24 January 2012:
First contact made between ITF coordinator and crew of stranded ships in Spain.

12 January 2012:
ITF inspector first boards stopped vessel in France.

Jan 2012:
Moroccan ITF affiliated union UMT holds a series of meetings with comarit/comanav and is told the company is working on the situation.

December 2012:
First contact made between ITF coordinator and crew of stranded ships in France.

19 December 2011 – 11 January 2012:
Suspension/stoppage of operations on four comarit/comanav vessels in Algeciras, Spain.

4 December 2011 - 6 January 2012: Suspension/stoppage of operations on comarit/comanav vessels in Sete, France.

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