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ITF Statement on ‘Day of the Seafarer’ 2020

25 Jun 2020

Today is the ‘Day of the Seafarer’ a day when we should celebrate seafarers, but this year, as world’s seafarers are let down by governments there is little to celebrate

This year the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), whose member unions represent 1.4 million of the world’s seafarers, acknowledges the International Day of the Seafarer, but will celebrate when seafarers are given the respect that they deserve.

The ITF has taken this decision because the world’s seafarers have been forgotten, and let down, by the governments across the globe - who failed to keep their borders open to seafarers throughout this pandemic. They have failed as port states, flag states, transit countries and even as the home countries of these seafarers.

Some governments are continuing to prevent more than 200,000 seafarers of their right to stop working when their contract has expired, from getting off the ships and returning home and even refused them access to necessary medical treatment and shore leave. Seafarers have rights as every other human does.

Seafarers are tired, fatigued and in many instances pushed beyond their physical and mental limits.

The crew change crisis is a humanitarian disaster.

Seafarers are professionals, proud of the work they do and their contribution to global prosperity and wellbeing of the world’s people. They look forward to a day when the world’s governments wake up, and recognise this contribution and treat seafarers with the dignity and respect that they deserve. Unfortunately, today is not that day.

Today is not a day for celebration. Today is a day for sombre reflection on how seafarers continue to be let down when they deserve so much more. The ITF and your unions stand with you – enough is enough.

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Dennis C. Balinas
2 years 1 month ago

Thank you ITF for recognizing the value of all seafarers around the world.

2 years 1 month ago

I really hope that you are sarcastic.....

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

2 years 1 month ago

Double standards as its do as I say and not as I do. ITF don't show any respect or dignity to their own employees.

Juan Luis Villalon
2 years 1 month ago

We call our health and maritime authorities in each of our countries to act under social and human grounds so together we can start coordinating crew changes following sanitary protocols.
Now we have a new task, 11 months as maximum time on board has showed us the darkest side of shipping resulting with inhuman periods on board, it is time to leave greed aside and start raising the standards of living of seafarers.

Billy s
2 years 1 month ago

Thanks for support my story Monday I was working on generator and pressure oil come in my eye still on board we are anchorage maybe captain not informed office or I don't know what

Wilfred B.
2 years 1 month ago

Travelling to london now,,hoping for crew change ..14 MONTHS Onboard..😢 ..please ITF

Wind Jammer
2 years 1 month ago

The most challenging times for all seafarers. Keep up the good job ITF and PSC. Hope this mess will someday be blown and gone.

2 years 1 month ago

Well said,, Thank you!

2 years 1 month ago

Day of shame!!! Are you really think that your words helping us? Where is action? Where are strikes? I don't want to be seafarer more. It's same as be a animal!

2 years 1 month ago

Dear ITF! Do you know that your website is simply blocked and unreachable in China?

Hussein Faki darir
2 years 1 month ago

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2 months 2 weeks ago

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2 years 1 month ago

we're waiting

2 years 1 month ago

Bla-bla again...It is clear now that ITF is useless and fake organisation...

Olvito Matos
2 years 1 month ago

ITF you are our hope

2 years 1 month ago

thanks!for atleast We seafarers can see a light from ITF org.