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Unions unite to strengthen support for maritime workers across Latin America

16 Apr 2019
Unions from across Latin America have come together and committed to provide assistance and solidarity to seafarers in distress in Central and South American ports.

The meeting in Cartagena last week culminated with the launch of the ITF Latin American Contact Network, extending the ITF’s commitment to providing support to seafarers in the region.
The ITF Latin American Contact Network follows the establishment of the Arab World network launched in January 2017 to develop a stronger structure of union contacts to handle calls for help and the coordination of cases where seafarers face exploitation at the hands of unscrupulous shipowners.
Representatives from ITF affiliated unions in Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru and Uruguay participated in a two-day training course over April 4-5 on seafarers’ labour rights under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), ITF Agreements and the Flag of Convenience (FoC) system, and the role of the ITF Inspectorate in protecting seafarers’ working and living conditions.
The network will bolster the ITF’s capacity to enforce standards for employment conditions in the Latin American region, and ensure that shipowners are complying with their obligations to provide decent pay, working conditions and living conditions on board. 
“Our goal is to increase our capacity to provide credible support to seafarers who request assistance in these countries and also to assist with organising and intelligence gathering for all ITF maritime campaigns,” said ITF Inspectorate Coordinator Steve Trowsdale.
“Across Latin America seafarers and dockers have been subject to attacks on their rights to safe and decent work, we will mobilise this network to respond to any worker under threat. We’re committed to defending the rights of exploited international seafarers, protecting seafarers working in their domestic trade and dockers doing the heavy lifting on the shoreside.”

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muhindo kikha gedeon
1 year 1 month ago

we nee here in congo kinshasa tree ship to helping transport here in all congo kinshasa.

Sherwood Clarke
1 year 1 month ago

From Caribbean region welcome unions is united to strengthen support for maritime workers across ITF Americas.