RSS Feed en Australia listing towards clogged ports as over-contract seafarers stop two new ships <span class="field-title">Australia listing towards clogged ports as over-contract seafarers stop two new ships</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/2020-08-06%20Press%20Release%20-%20Australia%20listing%20towards%20clogged%20ports%20as%20over-contract%20seafarers%20stop%20two%20new%20ships.png?itok=bWnV0YyD" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Thu, 08/06/2020 - 08:42</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) says Australia is facing economic carnage from clogged ports as a result of rapidly worsening crew change crisis around its coasts, as the crews of two further ships in Western Australia and Victoria refused to keep sailing today in bids for repatriation.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>The ‘Conti Stockholm’ and ‘Ben Rinnes’ are just the latest ships to become idle and block berths due to over-contract crew enforcing their right to refuse to sail indefinitely, joining the alumina-carting Unison Jasper <a href="///Users/mccourt_rory/OneDrive%20-%20ITF/Seafearers/COVID/Crew%20Change/Australia/2%20More/idle%20vessels">which has been held up in Newcastle, NSW since last week</a>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In the Port of Fremantle, Perth today, the container vessel Conti Stockholm was stopped. The Liberian-flagged ship is owned by German company NSB Group.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e5c67c2f-c0c1-4bb3-86a5-6c7702166cf2" height="1118" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/20200805_172829.jpg" width="838" /> <figcaption><strong><em>The MV Conti Stockholm sits idle in Fremantle Port (Source: ITF)</em></strong></figcaption> </figure> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The ship is now stranded, going nowhere, as the company awaits a relief crew. The current Romanian, Chinese, Sri Lankan, Filipino and Polish crew members refused to sail the ship and demanded repatriation after many months at sea. These seafarers are over contract, and have a right under the Maritime Labour Convention to stop working at completion of their contracts, and be returned home at the employers’ expense. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="890b2e1f-0e8d-42c2-bf7d-23d86f3c751d" height="440" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Screen%20Shot%202020-08-06%20at%208.16.56%20PM.png" width="495" /> <figcaption><strong><em>Senator Glenn Sterle speaks with the MV Conti Stockholm's Captain (Source: ITF)</em></strong></figcaption> </figure> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Conti Stockholm was also boarded by a member of the Australian federal Labor opposition today, Senator Glen Sterle. The Senator is supporting the ITF’s call for a coordinated response from the Australian Government working with unions and industry to ease the crew change crisis.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3b3625b3-522a-48f6-bdef-9aec74ed9262" height="1058" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/20200805_135651.jpg" width="794" /> <figcaption><strong>The MV Conti Stockholm crew are exercising their rights under the Maritime Labour Convention (Source: ITF)</strong></figcaption> </figure> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The ITF believes the governments failures to introduce a system of effective crew change have directly led to more seafarers being over contract and taking matters into their own hand to get home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The second stopped ship today is the Marshall Islands-flagged ‘Ben Rinnes’, which has been chartered to cart soy product for Cargill. The Greek-owned bulk vessel was stopped in the Victorian port of Geelong after initially four, then five, of the crew told the ITF that they wanted to be repatriated following expiry of their contracts.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>All of the Ben Rinnes crew who have taken a stand to get off have been on board for longer than the legal maximum, except for just one, who will go beyond the 11 month limit within the next 30 days. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>One of the crew has been more than 17 months on board. The crew have told the ITF that they signed five month extensions after their nine month tour, on a promise from the owners to repatriate them. As of yet there are no plans by the company to get them home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>ITF Coordinator for Australia Dean Summers says the federation and its affiliate the Maritime Union of Australia are answering the call of seafarers who are exercising their human right to stop working once their contracts have finished.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>“The crews of these two ships have bravely stood up and said that they will not be leaving these ports to do another tour of duty on what amount to floating prisons. They have finished the contracts they signed up for, and now they are getting off. It is not their fault that governments like Australia are so profoundly disinterested in shipping that these governments have not used the last five months of this pandemic to find a way to get international seafarers to and from our ports,” said Dean Summers.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>“Let’s be clear: these tired and fatigued seafarers are simply exercising their human rights to get off these ships because governments like Australia refuse to address the issues around the crew change crisis.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>“If Australia is happy to continue benefiting from global trade, from sending exports overseas and receiving essential goods, then Australia can’t treat the seafarers who ship those goods like our slaves.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>“These three ships are just the tip of the iceberg. With international crew change all but blocked for the last five months – you can expect to see more and more crews decide to drop anchor and get off in Australia. The consequence for Australia’s mineral and agricultural exports and flow of imports will be significant. This is an economic and humanitarian emergency.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>“The crew change crisis is mounting, but so is the courage of seafarers to stand up and fight back. What you’ll find is that they’ll be saying they are getting off – whether or not the bureaucrats and politicians have their shit together,” concluded Summers.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid" hreflang="en">covid</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Thu, 06 Aug 2020 07:42:34 +0000 Rory_M 194870 at The ITF stands in solidarity with the workers and people of Beirut <span class="field-title">The ITF stands in solidarity with the workers and people of Beirut</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/2020_Beirut_explosions_pic_3.jpg?itok=UBbSGXCS" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/93" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Natalie</span></span> <span class="field-created">Wed, 08/05/2020 - 14:22</span> <div class="field-body"><p>It is with shock and despair that we have received the news of the explosion at the Port of Beirut that has devastated the city, killed at least 100 people, injured thousands and rendered hundreds of thousands more homeless. We at the ITF send our deepest condolences and solidarity to the people of Lebanon.</p> <p>We are still gathering information on the extent of the impact that this horrific blast has had on our affiliates and their members in Lebanon – at the port, on nearby vessels and in the surrounding area.</p> <p>Tragically we have been informed that dockers and seafarers have lost their lives, and many workers have been injured. Given the extensive damage to the port precinct, including the destruction of the office of the Lebanese Seaman’s Syndicate, sadly we expect the death and injury toll to rise. </p> <p>Today, ITF President Paddy Crumlin and ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton pledged international solidarity and support from the ITF, our affiliates, members, officers and staff to our Lebanese affiliates. The ITF is committed to assisting our affiliates, their members and the wider community that has been affected.</p> <p>“On behalf of the ITF and our 700 affiliates from around the world, we send our sincerest condolences and sympathies to all of those impacted by these terrible explosions. The ITF and our affiliates stand in solidarity with all of you, your members, colleagues, families and the people of Lebanon at this incredibly sad time,” they wrote. “We mourn this terrible tragedy alongside you, and express our deep condolences to families who have lost their loved ones, and wish the injured a quick recovery.”</p> <p>ITF affiliated unions in Lebanon include the General Confederation of Drivers and Transport Workers in Lebanon (GCDTW), the Union of Beirut Port Employees (UBPE), the Syndicate of Middle East Airlines and Affiliate Companies (MEA), the Lebanese Cabin Crew Association (LCCA) and the Lebanese Seaman’s Syndicate (LSS).</p> <p> </p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--2" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Wed, 05 Aug 2020 13:22:44 +0000 Natalie 194866 at ITF urges Turkish Airlines management to return to negotiating table <span class="field-title">ITF urges Turkish Airlines management to return to negotiating table</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Civil%20aviation%20-%20Turkish%20Airlines%20protest.png?itok=H3U1gqu1" width="1690" height="900" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/113" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">james_b</span></span> <span class="field-created">Tue, 08/04/2020 - 17:53</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Hava-İş adopted a flexible and constructive approach during the negotiation process. This was aimed at creating a strong basis for building resilience and the commitment of members to a series of painful but necessary policy measures.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>However, just two days later, the airline’s management took advantage of the situation. Turkish Airlines broke its initial promises and demanded draconian additional concessions. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Hava-İş’ leadership reacted to this opportunistic manoeuvre with a statement stressing that a climate of trust, built through social dialogue, is essential in the effective implementation of any measures agreed by the two parties.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>In response to this statement, Turkish Airlines unilaterally terminated talks with the union. Faced with an industrial relations approach based on broken promises, intimidation and fear, Turkish Airlines workers are now facing a more uncertain future than at any time in the history of the carrier. They are rightfully feeling angry, disappointed and betrayed.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p>Amid the pandemic, there are particular concerns about the airline's approach to rostering. Shifts are being amended at the last minute, contravening the airline's collective bargaining agreement which gives workers the right to know well ahead of time when they will be on duty. <span><span><span><span><span><span>Hava-İş is calling on the airline to immediately release roster information for this month.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Gabriel Mocho Rodriguez, ITF civil aviation secretary, said: “The ITF is encouraging a human-centred approach to the ongoing crisis around the world. Respect for international labour standards is key, as it contributes to a culture of social dialogue and workplace cooperation. We urge Turkish Airlines management to return to negotiations with Hava-İş in good faith. This is not just about protecting workers and our affiliated unions. Breaking promises is bad for business as well.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--3" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Tue, 04 Aug 2020 16:53:32 +0000 james_b 194865 at Cruise industry and unions get most workers home, but challenging times ahead <span class="field-title">Cruise industry and unions get most workers home, but challenging times ahead</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WebImage_Restart.png?itok=44TtsIC_" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Tue, 08/04/2020 - 13:50</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span><span>As the global cruise industry and seafarers’ unions near completion of the repatriation of almost 250,000 seafarers, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) warns that there are challenging times ahead for the industry and its workforce.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span><span>The ITF and its affiliated unions represent much of the global cruise ship workforce. The federation and the unions have actively supported the return of tens of thousands of seafarers in all categories from catering, hospitality staff, and entertainers to deck and engine crew, who were left stranded aboard cruise vessels across the globe as Covid-19 struck and governments shut their borders.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span><span>Dave Heindel, Chair of the Seafarers’ Section of the ITF, says the pandemic has shown the best and worst of humanity.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span><span>“On the one hand we’ve seen governments shamefully shutting their doors to seafarers as port states, transit countries and even the home countries of seafarers when really they should have done everything within their power to get seafarers on cargo and cruise ships home. On the other hand, this pandemic has shown the best of unions and many employers who have tried their hardest for these seafarers in really difficult circumstances,” said Dave Heindel.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span><span>“We have nothing but respect and admiration for the seafarers. </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>These are people who simply went to work and found themselves trapped aboard what some seafarers came to call their ‘floating prisons’, unable to come ashore even for a walk. </span></span></span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span><span>We thank these seafarers for their patience and fortitude through an incredibly difficult time. </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>Some seafarers have been overwhelmed by the situation, and some have tragically taken their own lives out of desperation. We are deeply saddened by these events, and although most of us have never experienced a situation like theirs, we feel for them and their families. Seafarers deserve solidarity and respect from the public for what they’ve endured during this pandemic,”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span><span>“It is difficult to overstate the scale of the operation needed to get almost 250,000 seafarers home from cruise ships dotted around the world. The ITF family of maritime unions have been working round the clock since March to coordinate visas, flights and travel exemptions for seafarers to get home to their families,”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span><span>"While this is a fantastic result in the cruise industry, we need to remember that there remain around 300,000 seafarers trapped working over their contracts aboard cargo vessels, some as much as 16 months.  Well over their 8-9 months as expected. This number is growing day-by-day. The answer here is simple: governments have to make practical exemptions to restrictions on seafarers’ travel and transit so that we can see a return to functional crew changes. It is imperative that we get these hundreds of thousands of seafarers off their ships after their contracts have expired, just as we did in the cruise industry,” said Dave Heindel.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span><span>Johan Øyen, who is Chair of the ITF’s Cruise Ship Task Force, says the combined efforts represent a major humanitarian success.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span><span>“We commend the cruise lines and those governments which have worked with the cruise lines to achieve the repatriation of nearly a quarter of a million seafarers from these ships. This has required tremendous logistical coordination,” said Johan Øyen.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span><span>“This success has occurred despite governments, including flag and port states, failing to live up to their legal and human rights obligations under international law</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>. Not only was i</span></span></span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span><span>t morally wrong for states to refuse seafarers the ability to come ashore in order to get home, it was also illegal. We will be looking at what kind of enforcement mechanisms are required to prevent states from shirking their responsibilities in the future,” said Johan Øyen.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span><span>“Despite the challenges, the majority of the cruise industry has worked to achieve this result. The ITF and our affiliated unions look forward to working cooperatively with the industry to ensure recovery plans and the restart of operations coincide with an open conversation on how to improve the working and living conditions of seafarers onboard,”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span><span>Øyen says the ITF is concerned at reports that a number of Covid outbreaks have occurred on cruise ships in recent days, although at least one of these outbreaks is believed only to have happened due to important </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>procedures not being been followed prior to the voyage.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span><span>“Cruising should only happen again when adequate health and safety measures are in place and are followed, and commitments are made from cruise location countries that they will allow seafarers shore leave and ashore for medical assistance and crew change as required. Cruise lines need to learn from the mistakes many of them made early in this pandemic to ensure safe work environments for seafarers,”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span><span>“We hope the global community will take note of the suffering of the seafarers left for months on board waiting to get home, and pay due respects to those seafarers. They are heroes of this pandemic,” said Johan Øyen.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid" hreflang="en">covid</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--4" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Tue, 04 Aug 2020 12:50:59 +0000 Rory_M 194864 at Crew change crisis hits Australian smelter in latest flare up <span class="field-title">Crew change crisis hits Australian smelter in latest flare up</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WebImage_Unison%20Jasper.png?itok=PG3JeP1_" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Tue, 08/04/2020 - 12:25</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the Maritime Union of Australia say government failures to support crew change will now cost a smelter operation millions of dollars and even more to the local economy, as the unions help the exhausted Burmese crew of the Unison Jasper to stop working and get off the ship.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The bulk carrier Unison Jasper was carting alumina to the Tomago Aluminium smelter near Newcastle when it was recently detained by the </span></span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) </span></span></span><span><span><span>in the Port of Newcastle. The action took place following allegations that crew members were abused, intimidated and forced to sign contract extensions which would have kept them on board for up to 14 months, well beyond the legal maximum off 11 months.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>The unions alerted AMSA to the human rights breaches, and the agency swooped. Dean Summers is ITF Coordinator for Australia, he says the detention of the ship shows that Port State Control agencies such as AMSA will act when seafarers say ‘enough is enough’ and stand up to enforce their rights to get off during the mounting crew change crisis.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>“This is the latest flare up where seafarers are standing up and exercising their human right to stop working once their contracts have expired, and get off these ships. It is totally outrageous that these seafarers were already 13 months at sea when the Australian authorities granted this ship a licence to do this run along the Australian coast,” said Summers.<br /> <br /> “Exploitation is bound to happen when the federal government allows foreign-crewed vessels to replace Australian jobs.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>“The crew have said ‘we’re not moving this anywhere, now’ and they’ve actually come down the gangway and off the ship. It’s not going anywhere. Now it’s the responsibilities of the Taiwanese owners which have profited off the abuse of these seafarers to deal with a dead ship in a very expensive berth, as the losses will be mounting for the smelter and their buddies,” added Summers.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>Unions constructed a wind break around the huddled crew dockside last Friday, as Covid-19 pandemic restrictions prevented them from going more than 13 metres from the vessel.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>“This shows the absurdity rules brought in by governments like Australia in the pandemic world. Despite the intimidating experience these seafarers have been through, they are prevented from coming more than 13 meters from the ship. Our ridiculous rules deny them even the dignity of that,” said Summers.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>“The ITF and our affiliates have been clear: governments need to bring in practical exemptions from travel, transit and quarantine rules for seafarers so they can get to and from ships. I’ve no doubt that this situation with the Unison Jasper is a consequence of federal government inaction to coordinate the industry across states, agencies and internationally.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>“This is a lesson for the politicians and bureaucrats who seem incapable of bringing in green lanes for seafarers to get crew change, so seafarers don’t have to take the drastic action of stopping ships, as they have done here,” he said.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>The ship now won’t move until the ship owners can find fresh crew, who themselves must go through two weeks of quarantine on arriving in Australia, even if they have a negative Covid-19 test result in their home countries.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>“The Unison Jasper will sit here for weeks, maybe a month, not moving and not helping Australia’s economic recovery. That is the cost of ignoring the plight of a tired and fatigued workforce and applying blanket rules to this essential workforce. This incident was preventable, but preventing it requires action from our leaders. Without action, this won’t be the last ship held up,” said Summers<br /> <br /> “We are on the verge of our ports choking with ships unable to sail, not because of industrial action by unions – </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>but because of the absolute exhaustion and fatigue of forgotten seafarers. If for no other reason, it’s the threat of a trade shut down, that Australian exporters should be asking the politicians why this crisis grows.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>“This case demonstrates a lack of coordination in government agencies and seafarers are suffering as a result. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>If governments don’t work with each other, on the national and global level, then we will find more seafarers saying ‘enough is enough’, and more ships will be held up. That could cost industry billions. Perhaps then the politicians and bureaucrats will care,” said Summers.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">Note: </span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">For more details on the allegations of wage theft, abuse and intimidation, see the MUA release, here:</span><span><a href=""></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid" hreflang="en">covid</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--5" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Tue, 04 Aug 2020 11:25:43 +0000 Rory_M 194863 at Young aviation workers organising for a post-Covid-19 future <span class="field-title">Young aviation workers organising for a post-Covid-19 future</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Youth%20-%20summer%20school%202020%20mosaic.png?itok=6riPtEm4" width="1690" height="900" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/113" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">james_b</span></span> <span class="field-created">Tue, 08/04/2020 - 10:48</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">The ITF’s first virtual summer school took place over four days of Zoom sessions with young aviation workers in Africa, the Americas, Arab World and Europe (21 and 23 July) and in Asia-Pacific (27 and 29 July), who participated in a total of seven different languages. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">“We are exploring new ways of engagement to ensure young workers’ voices remain at the forefront of shaping our priorities at the ITF,” said Baker Khundakji, ITF young transport workers officer. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">“Aviation is one of the sectors most critically affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Young workers are disproportionately impacted by this crisis and need a space to come together and strategise,” Ms Khundakji added.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">A poll of participants revealed that over 75% had lost working hours or were made redundant during the crisis. Participants also confirmed the global disparities in the distribution of income support and wage top-ups by governments around the world. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">“Aviation is going through one of the most critical periods in its history. It is clear that we need all of our solidarity and work from all of us together to overcome the crisis,” said Horacio Calculli, co-chair of the ITF young transport workers committee. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">The interactive summer school experience included plenary discussions and breakout sessions, as well as skill-building workshops with leading campaigners in the aviation sector. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">Rin Kaewpradap from the Solidarity Center in Thailand shared lessons from Wingspan Workers Union’s inspiring organising efforts with outsourced airport workers in Bangkok. Wingspan is assisting workers to fight forced resignations and has signed up hundreds of new members during the pandemic. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">Shauna McCormack, ITF young aviation workers representative, highlighted a “guerilla campaign” led by members of Unite which is pushing back against British Airways’ attempt to exploit the crisis to make unnecessary changes to its workforce. The <a href="">#BAbetrayal</a> campaign has received widespread support from the public, celebrities and prominent politicians. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">“Young transport workers are the future of aviation. This is our time to come together and build a future that works for all of us,” said Ms McCormack. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">The key issues raised by participants and their resolutions for action were distilled into a statement from young aviation workers on <a href=""><span>Reconstructing our World of Work</span></a>.</span> </span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--6" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Tue, 04 Aug 2020 09:48:30 +0000 james_b 194862 at South Korean logistics workers organise against Covid-19 infections <span class="field-title">South Korean logistics workers organise against Covid-19 infections</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Warehousing%20-%20Coupang%20van.png?itok=_rTi0Bu-" width="1690" height="900" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/113" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">james_b</span></span> <span class="field-created">Thu, 07/30/2020 - 16:50</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Despite South Korea’s generally strong response to Covid-19, poor health and safety conditions at Coupang have led to over 150 workers becoming infected. Among other serious health impacts, a relative of one of the workers has been declared brain-dead from the disease.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Pursuing a business model similar to Amazon’s, Coupang hires many workers on insecure contracts and they face high barriers to unionisation. However, workers have now formed an informal Coupang Victims Alliance and are receiving support from KPTU, including legal advice, a fact-finding investigation and media outreach. The ITF has also written to warehousing and logistics unions worldwide, asking them to send messages of support to the Coupang workers.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The e-commerce sector has seen a major boom during the Covid-19 pandemic, as physical shopping has become much harder and people worldwide have shifted to ordering online. The ITF is clear that, now more than ever, warehouse workers enjoy strong health and safety protections and fair pay and working conditions to match the vital importance of their labour.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Please send any solidarity messages for Coupang workers to </span></span></span><a href=""><span><span><span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span>.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--7" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Thu, 30 Jul 2020 15:50:25 +0000 james_b 194860 at Australian gig workers secure important Covid-19 protections <span class="field-title">Australian gig workers secure important Covid-19 protections </span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/ITF_Covid-19_Gig.jpg?itok=EQrcMDlX" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/112" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">luke_m</span></span> <span class="field-created">Tue, 07/28/2020 - 05:43</span> <div class="field-body"><p>The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) commends the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) of Australia on achieving enhanced health and safety and financial protections for DoorDash delivery workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. </p> <p>The joint agreement between the TWU and DoorDash provides commitments to safety practices including access to personal protective equipment, financial assistance for workers who have tested positive to Covid-19 or been instructed to self-isolate, as well as commitments to collective representation and ongoing dialogue. </p> <p>ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton welcomed the agreement today saying: “Riders will experience a real difference on the ground, and can be assured that they have protections in place to keep them safe and prevent transmission of the virus, and in the worst case financial protections if they contract Covid-19 and can’t work.” </p> <p>The TWU’s Delivery Riders Alliance is the leading voice for food delivery workers in Australia. TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine said the joint stance was an important first step in giving workers in the gig economy the protections and benefits they need.</p> <p>“Through this joint agreement we want other companies to come on board to protect workers and we want state and federal governments to back the process,” said Michael Kaine. </p> <p>While welcoming the deal today, the ITF General Secretary encouraged further organising by gig economy workers to win fair treatment, respect, and the basic rights they deserve.</p> <p>“This form of social dialogue is a step in the right direction; however, we must be clear that there is no substitute for genuine collective bargaining. We hope that gig workers worldwide unite, rally around this and demand their rights,” said Stephen Cotton. </p> <p>“All transport workers deserve full workplace rights and protections. We expect platform companies like DoorDash to comply with the law and not campaign against legislation that protects the fundamental rights of workers,” he added. </p> <p>In the United States, gig economy workers in California are currently mobilising to protect their recent legislative gains from Proposition 22, a US$100 million legislative campaign backed by DoorDash, Uber, Lyft, Instacart and Postmates that is seeking exemptions for themselves from the landmark AB 5 law. The AB 5 law codified the presumption of employee status under state law and made it harder for employers to misclassify workers as independent contractors and avoid their duty to provide basic rights, such as minimum wage, sick pay, overtime pay and paid leave.</p> <p>“From Australia to California, gig economy workers are rising up around the world. The ITF will continue to assist their efforts to win the fair treatment, respect and the basic rights they deserve,” said Stephen Cotton.</p> <p>The ITF is working closely with its almost 700 union affiliates to address the impacts of the future of work on transport workers. This includes campaigning for decent working conditions for gig economy workers through helping them to organise and mobilising to influence local, regional and global policy.</p> <p><strong>For more information contact:</strong></p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--8" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Tue, 28 Jul 2020 04:43:52 +0000 luke_m 194857 at Malaysia Airlines must renew negotiations with cabin crew union <span class="field-title">Malaysia Airlines must renew negotiations with cabin crew union</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Civil%20aviation%20-%20Malaysia%20Airlines%20plane.png?itok=aLS9ckh5" width="1690" height="900" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/113" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">james_b</span></span> <span class="field-created">Mon, 07/27/2020 - 08:52</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The ITF-affiliated National Union of Flight Attendants of Malaysia (NUFAM) represents cabin crew at Malaysia Airlines. The company has long maintained that crew supervisors count as management rather than staff, and so are ineligible for union representation.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The federal court’s decision ends a lengthy process during which the airline has attempted to challenge supervisors’ labour rights at multiple levels of the judiciary. Several groups, including the Malaysian Trades Union Congress, have called on the airline to immediately recognise NUFAM as the legitimate representative of supervisors for collective bargaining purposes.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Erin van der Maas, ITF airports organising programme coordinator, said: “In the middle of the Covid-19 crisis, the protection of union membership and collective bargaining is more important for workers than ever. Over the last few months we’ve seen the aviation sector worldwide virtually collapse due to falling passenger demand. This latest victory for NUFAM is another case of aviation workers in South-East Asia fighting back for their future livelihoods.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--9" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Mon, 27 Jul 2020 07:52:17 +0000 james_b 194856 at Yemeni airport must be reopened for humanitarian relief <span class="field-title">Yemeni airport must be reopened for humanitarian relief</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Civil%20aviation%20-%20Yemen%20humanitarian%20relief.png?itok=EcULosWn" width="1690" height="900" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/113" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">james_b</span></span> <span class="field-created">Thu, 07/23/2020 - 09:20</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span>In a <a href="">letter</a> to UN secretary-general António Guterres, ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton reiterated the call by the Employees and Workers Syndicate of Yemen Airways to restart operations from Sana’a. The airport was closed in 2016 by the Yemeni Government and its foreign allies, and since then only UN and Red Cross flights have been allowed in and out.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Yemen has been consumed by civil war since 2015, and the catastrophic humanitarian impact of the conflict has only deepened due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Eighty percent of the country’s commercial and humanitarian imports were already subject to <a href="">blockades</a>, leading to the worst famine the world has seen in decades. Meanwhile, in May, a group of UN agencies <a href="">noted</a> that regular passenger flights and fast-tracked supply chain logistics are vital in providing the oxygen and medical supplies needed to contain the pandemic.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>At our last Congress in 2018, the ITF committed to taking action to alleviate the crisis in Yemen. This action includes pressuring the international community, the Yemeni Government and its foreign allies to keep the country’s ports and airports open and to guarantee freedom of movement for all Yemenis.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The ITF urges Mr Guterres to broker an agreement between all parties to the conflict, allowing for the reopening of Sana’a International Airport as a matter of emergency. We and our affiliates are available to support any UN efforts to transport goods in aid of the Yemeni people.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Bilal Malkawi, ITF Arab World secretary, said: “The situation in Yemen is drastic, and only getting worse in the middle of a global pandemic. In accordance with Mr Guterres’ call for a global ceasefire back in March, all parties in Yemen must agree to the reopening of Sana’a International Airport to allow vital supplies into the country. The ITF and our affiliated unions stand ready to support the humanitarian effort in any way possible.”</span></span></span></span></p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--10" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Thu, 23 Jul 2020 08:20:11 +0000 james_b 194855 at ITF expresses condolences at the recent passing of Brother Manohar Bellani <span class="field-title">ITF expresses condolences at the recent passing of Brother Manohar Bellani</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Passing.png?itok=l_f4zJW4" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Thu, 07/23/2020 - 06:33</span> <div class="field-body"><p>Latikuti Satyanarayan<br /> President<br /> Transport &amp; Dockworkers' Union, Kandla<br /> F-3, Adinath Arcade 1, Plot No. 583, Ward 12-C Gandhidham, Gujurat State<br /> India<br /> 370 201<br /> Via email</p> <p>22 July 2020</p> <p><br /> <br /> Dear Brother Latikuti,</p> <p>It was with great sadness and shock that we were informed our Brother Manohar Bellani, General Secretary of Transport &amp; Dock Workers Union (TDWU), Kandla and All India Port &amp; Dock Workers Federation passed away on 20th July 2020 due to COVID 19 complications. Our condolences and sympathies to his wife, mother and two daughters. At 65, he was taken far too early.</p> <p>A dedicated trade unionist and a fully trained civil engineer, he worked in Kandla port for 37 years. Those who knew him will not be surprised to hear that even on his first day at work he was active in a strike. It was of course the legendary Dockers leader brother Manohar Kotwal who developed the young Bellani and gave him the skills and experience to later become the General Secretary of the Union at the age of 33 years. A fiery and principled leader in Kandla port, Bellani brought together various groups of workers and led many a struggle that won rights and benefits for port employees and dockworkers. He was responsible for organising contract and casual workers, many of them women who will always remember Bellani for helping them secure dignity and decent work conditions. When the global network operators came to Kandla port, Bellani organised the workers and fought relentlessly to ensure they were paid negotiated wage and work conditions. He was on the Board of Trustees of Kandla port as the labour representative from 1998 to 2020 until his death.</p> <p>Bellani always supported the International Dockers movement, something he learnt and inherited from his mentor brother Kotwal. In the early days of the FOC campaign in India, Bellani volunteered to be an FOC contact for his port in spite of his vast responsibilities as the union General Secretary. If there were crew issues on a vessel that berthed at Kandla port, you could be sure that the vessel would not sail out until the crew issues got resolved favourable for the workers.</p> <p>He assisted and worked closely with activists of the union so they could learn and take over responsibilities for the FOC Campaign. The ITF gave an Inspectors position to the Union. Brother Bellani steered the idea of setting up a Seafarers Welfare Centre in Kandla port. He got the port management to support his idea and the centre is still one of the best run in the country and is self-sustaining through the seafarers welfare levy charged from each ship visiting the port. Bellani actively participated in all ITF programmes and conferences.</p> <p>ITF President Paddy Crumlin commented, “It was with great sorrow I learnt of the death of our brother and comrade Manohar Bellani, a man whose lifetime work was dedicated to improving the lives of Seafarers and Dockers at his port. He was an Internationalist and true friend of the ITF. He made a difference. He will not be forgotten. His achievements will stand the test of time. My sincere condolences go to his family and loved ones.”</p> <p>Manohar Bellani has left a void, which will be difficult to fill. Comrades at the Transport &amp; Dock Workers Union, Kandla and All India Port &amp; Dock Workers Federation have an enormous challenge in carrying forward his legacy.</p> <p>Although as Stephen Cotton, the ITF General Secretary said, “The work done by brother Bellani will stand future generations in good stead for the challenges ahead. As well as being principled, he was talented, hardworking and an inspiration for those who worked with him. As General Secretary and on behalf of the ITF globally we all offer our deep respect and sympathies at this sad time. Continuing his work, protecting, and promoting the lives, rights and futures of Dockers in India is exactly the legacy he would have wanted.”</p> <p>Our deepest condolences and respect.</p> <p> </p> <p>In solidarity,</p> <p> </p> <p>Paddy Crumlin, ITF President</p> <p>Stephen Cotton, ITF General Secretary</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--11" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Thu, 23 Jul 2020 05:33:22 +0000 Rory_M 194854 at South-East Asian workers fight back against aviation job losses <span class="field-title">South-East Asian workers fight back against aviation job losses</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Airport%20hubs%20-%20Lion%20Air%20demo.png?itok=hH10n17o" width="1690" height="900" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/113" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">james_b</span></span> <span class="field-created">Mon, 07/20/2020 - 15:40</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>On 13 July in <strong>Indonesia</strong>, workers at regional low-cost airline Lion Air joined a demonstration outside the company’s head office to protest against the loss of 2,600 ground crew jobs. These workers had not received social security payments for three months, and are also owed additional amounts for Islamic holidays and redundancy pay.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Angga Saputra of the Airports Workers Federation in Indonesia (FSPBI) said: “Lion Air management’s decision to make unilateral lay-offs is not acceptable to its workers. The demonstration displayed the collective strength of workers united against the company's actions that are in violation of the Indonesian law. It also reiterated that unity is the main resource for workers.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lion Air management has promised to respond to the workers’ demands by 20 July, and ITF will be supporting local unions in asserting the rights of the ground crew. Having crushed earlier attempts at organising in its workplace, this is the first time that Lion Air has been forced to engage constructively with unions.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>In <strong>Malaysia</strong>, over 50 cabin crew at Malindo Air have been brought back to work thanks to the efforts of the National Union of Flight Attendants (NUFAM). Malindo made a wave of redundancies in early April, but tenacious negotiating by NUFAM has meant these workers have been reinstated.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>In <strong>Thailand</strong>, airport workers have continued their organising efforts to build ‘wall to wall’ unionisation across different occupations. Airports of Thailand runs many operations across the country but subcontracts its security guards to an outsourcing company. That company has made workers sign letters of resignation to avoid paying compensation they would be eligible to receive if they were formally made redundant.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>In response, these workers are organising with Wingspan Workers Union and Airport Workers Union of Thailand (WWU-AWUT), which is now ready to establish a new branch for security guards. With over 1,000 new members about to join the union, WWU-AWUT will soon be able to trigger mandatory collective bargaining with the outsourcing company.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Napat Jitjaignam, a security guard and new WWU-AWUT member, said: “I knew that I should not sign that resignation letter, but I did not have a choice even though I worked with that company for over 13 years. The company forced me and other 1,200 co-workers to sign resignation letters to avoid paying compensation, or else we all would lose our jobs. I regretted that because we didn’t know how to fight. But at least we now know our basic labour rights from being WWU-AWUT members.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Erin van der Maas, ITF airports organising programme coordinator, said: “To be growing membership and branches at this time is fantastic news, and testament to the hard work of organisers and unions across Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. While aviation workers around the world are facing retrenchment due to Covid-19, those in South-East Asia are fighting back.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--12" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Mon, 20 Jul 2020 14:40:09 +0000 james_b 194853 at ITF organises solidarity calls for the Strike for Black Lives <span class="field-title">ITF organises solidarity calls for the Strike for Black Lives</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WhatsApp%20Image%202020-07-16%20at%2010.47.27.jpeg?itok=6tLmz2M3" width="1690" height="953" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/113" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">james_b</span></span> <span class="field-created">Fri, 07/17/2020 - 14:07</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Following the appalling murder of George Floyd by police at the end of May, the </span></span></span><a href=""><span><span><span>Strike for Black Lives</span></span></span></a><span><span><span> will see workers across the US take lawful industrial action against systemic racism, </span></span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>violence and inequality</span></span></span><span><span><span>. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The ITF is organising two video-calls in different time-zones to assemble solidarity from across the globe. On each call participants will observe a collective silence of eight minutes and 46 seconds, the length of time that the </span></span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on George Floyd's neck before he died </span></span></span><span><span><span>from suffocation. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The ITF invites all affiliates, staff and allies across the labour movement to join one of the calls.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The calls with take place via Zoom, on Monday 20 July at:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>12:00 BST (London time): </span></span></span><a href=""><span><span><span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span>, meeting ID 918 0185 5769</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>12:00 EDT (Washington DC time): </span></span></span><a href=""><span><span><span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span>, meeting ID: 978 3850 4592</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The ITF continues to oppose racism in all its forms around the world, and actively struggles for racial justice in solidarity with our friends across and beyond the labour movement. An injury to one remains and injury to all.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--13" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Fri, 17 Jul 2020 13:07:31 +0000 james_b 194850 at 300,000 Seafarers Trapped at Sea: Mounting crew change crisis demands faster action from governments <span class="field-title">300,000 Seafarers Trapped at Sea: Mounting crew change crisis demands faster action from governments</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WebImage_Anniversary%20PR.png?itok=5Bq81rsP" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Thu, 07/16/2020 - 12:36</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) estimates that there are now approximately 300,000 seafarers trapped working aboard ships due to the crew change crisis caused by government Covid-19 border and travel restrictions, and an equal number of unemployed seafarers waiting to join them who are ashore. That makes 600,000 seafarers affected by this crisis.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Today marks one month since the ITF told the world’s governments that ‘Enough is Enough’ and that the federation and its affiliates would be assisting the world’s seafarers in enforcing their right to stop working, get off and be repatriated to their homes and families, following completion of their contracts. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton says in the month since June 15 there has been some positive movement, but too little progress has been made by governments to bring in the practical exemptions and protocols needed to support functioning crew changes across the world.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>“300,000 seafarers are trapped working aboard these vessels, and <strong>another</strong> 300,000 are facing financial ruin at home, desperate to relieve these ships and start earning wages again. Governments are the biggest barrier to resolving the growing crew change crisis,” said Stephen Cotton.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>“Governments must wake up and realise that without a return to successful crew changes; it is simply not sustainable or acceptable to have a growing number of tired and fatigued seafarers trapped working aboard the world’s ships endangering themselves, their vessels and our maritime environment,”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>“Seafarers and their unions are deeply concerned about the risk to life, property and the environment as the chances of a major catastrophe or catastrophes rises daily. Government’s must act before we see more people die, or worse – a major maritime disaster. Urgent action is required,” </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>“We put a line in the sand last month to make it clear that the ITF and our affiliates are prepared to support seafarers in exercising their right to stop working, get off, and return home to their families, once their contract has finished and it is safe to do so. In the last month, we have provided advice and assisted thousands of seafarers on how they can enforce this fundamental right,” said Stephen Cotton.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Chair of the ITF Seafarers Section, Dave Heindel, said the ITF and its social partners have been doing everything possible to raise the alarm and push for the practical changes that would enable crew changes.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>“We have worked together with our partners to find practical solutions and propose these to governments. We commend the governments which have brought in </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>options for seafarers to disembark and be relieved by fresh crew, such as visas on arrival and visa waivers, but the sad fact is that globally governments aren’t doing near what is needed and some governments have even gone backwards,” said Dave Heindel.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>“It is not acceptable that some countries have withdrawn shore leave for seafarers or  began restricting the number of people allowed to enter their borders each day. Those countries that rely on maritime trade, like Australia and Russia – must start pulling their weight on this issue,”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>“We have also made it clear that we and our affiliates would be following up on the 13 governments who made pledges this month at the </span></span></span><em><span><span><span>International Maritime Virtual Summit on Crew Changes</span></span></span></em><span><span><span> hosted by the United Kingdom. We plan to hold them to account and encourage others to join these progressive governments.  This crisis requires all governments to develop a unified solution that takes serious the needs of the world’s seafarers.  Governmental lip service is no longer an acceptable solution,”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>“The ITF family will also be calling out any attempts to intimidate or blacklist seafarers for either exercising their human right to stop working and be repatriated once their contract has finished, and we will defend them from any attempts to blame them for the inevitable consequences of the worlds’ fleet operating with an increasingly tired, fatigued crew,"</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>“We renew our call for governments to take action on visas, quarantining and flights to see a return towards functioning crew changes for this global workforce. We are prepared to explore other options to influence more governments to take this crisis seriously,” said Dave Heindel.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><strong><a href="">Read the full statement from the ITF here</a>.</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Notes to Editors:</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>‘300,000 seafarers’ figure</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>There are over 9,500 ships which are covered by International Bargaining Forum (IBF) agreements between the ITF and respective employers. These ships are operated by an estimated 370,000 seafarers. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>As of June 2020, a minimum of 25% of seafarers currently working on IBF ships are now overdue for repatriation – meaning that <strong>92,500 seafarers are right now trapped working aboard the 9,500 IBF ships</strong>. This also means 92,500 are due for deployment to relieve those seafarers but cannot board due to the same travel restrictions. They are prevented from earning much-needed income.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Seafarers on IBF-covered ships make up 30.8% of the 1.2 million seafarers that the International Chamber of Shipping estimate make up the worldwide seafaring workforce. By taking the 25% overdue figure from IBF-covered ships and extrapolating it to 1.2 million seafarers worldwide, there is an estimated 300,000 seafarers already overdue worldwide still working aboard ships, matched by another 300,000 waiting to join ships.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>This means <strong>600,000 seafarers could be already affected by the crew change crisis</strong>, with this number growing every day.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>ITF Inspectorate figures</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Since 16 June the ITF has been assisting seafarers to get off and get home. This has included:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Assisting and advising<strong> thousands of seafarers </strong>as part of <strong>645 cases/inspections;</strong></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>As part of <strong>2,870 emails</strong>; and</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>More than <strong>500 Facebook messages; </strong>and</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>More than <strong>500 WhatsApp and Viber messages;</strong></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>The largest group</span></span></span></strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span> of seafarers assisted by nationality <strong>has been from the Philippines.</strong></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Media contact:</span></span></span></strong>        <span><span>media[at]</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>If you are a seafarer who requires immediate help or support, <a href="">contact ITF Seafarers Support</a>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid" hreflang="en">covid</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--14" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Thu, 16 Jul 2020 11:36:45 +0000 Rory_M 194849 at Mounting crew change crisis demands faster action from governments <span class="field-title">Mounting crew change crisis demands faster action from governments</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WebImage_Anniversary%20Statement.png?itok=KuOOZ92U" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Thu, 07/16/2020 - 12:36</span> <div class="field-body"><h2><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>ITF Statement on Crew Change Crisis – 16 July 2020</span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>Today marks one month since the ITF told the world’s governments that ‘Enough is Enough’ and that the global union federation and our affiliates would be assisting the world’s seafarers in enforcing their right to stop working, get off and be repatriated to their homes and families, following completion of their contracts.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>Today also marks two months since the ITF and our partners in the Joint Negotiating Group of maritime employers (IMEC, IMMAJ, KSA and Evergreen; jointly known as JNG) gave governments a final ‘implementation period’ to put in place practical measures in accordance with the protocols outlined in 12-step roadway released by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) on 5 May 2020.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>In the period between those important dates and today, there has been some positive movement, but too little progress by governments to bring in the practical exemptions and protocols needed to support functioning crew changes across the world. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>There remain hundreds of thousands of seafarers unable to stop working and return home, relieved by fresh crew. While a shortage of international flights is a major factor, the biggest reason remains border and travel restrictions introduced by governments to combat the spread of Covid-19. The ICS has estimated that at least 400,000 seafarers are now affected by the crew change crisis caused by government Covid-19 border and travel restrictions. This includes both those trapped working aboard ships and those waiting to join ships to start receiving wages again for themselves and their families.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>We estimate, based on extrapolating the latest data from IBF-covered ships, that there are now approximately 300,000 seafarers worldwide trapped working aboard ships due to the crew change crisis and an equal number of unemployed seafarers waiting to relieve them on those ships, who are ashore. That makes 600,000 seafarers affected by this crisis.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>Governments must wake up and realise that without a return to successful crew change; it is simply not sustainable or acceptable to have a growing number of tired and fatigued seafarers trapped working aboard ships. Seafarers and their unions are deeply concerned about the risk to life, property and the environment as the chances of a major catastrophe or catastrophes rises daily. People will die and coastlines will be polluted.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>There are good reasons why we have global regulations, regulating the maximum amount of time a seafarer can work under the Maritime Labour Convention. There are good reasons why we have the SOLAS Convention, the International Safety Management (ISM) Code, and Standards of Training and Watchkeeping (STCW). All of the relevant conventions are in place as a result of and in response to potential catastrophe. Urgent action is required NOW to avoid disaster.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>Throughout this emerging crisis, the ITF and our social partners have been doing everything we can to raise the alarm and push for the practical changes that would enable crew changes. We have worked together to find practical solutions and propose these to governments. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>Our efforts led to the United Nations’ adopting, via its specialised agency for maritime, the IMO, our proposed framework of protocols for crew change, including visa exemptions for seafarers. At the time, the adoption of these protocols represented a major breakthrough with governments, as they acknowledged the seafarers’ crucial contribution to world trade and the global supply chain. This international recognition was strengthened when the United Nations’ International Labour Organisation (ILO) became involved, reminding governments of their obligations in maritime conventions C108, C185 and the Maritime Labour Convention.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>The ITF and our social partners gave governments an ‘implementation period’ of 30 days to introduce the necessary changes as port states, flag states and as the home countries of seafarers, to facilitate effective crew change. Upon the expiry of this implementation period, in June, we announced that ‘Enough is Enough’. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>This line in the sand made it clear that the ITF and our affiliates are prepared to support seafarers in exercising their right to stop working, get off, and return home to their families, once their contract has finished and it is safe to do so. In the last month, we have provided advice and assisted thousands of seafarers on how they can enforce this fundamental right.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>We are confident that by making it clear that seafarers will not simply accept working on vessels forever without relief, we have significantly increased the global pressure on governments to resolve this crisis. The ITF’s actions have meant that there have been some areas of progress.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>We commend the administrations of Canada and Hong Kong for introducing options for seafarers to disembark and be relieved by fresh crew, with minimal risk to the public of those places. The United Kingdom has also played its part, despite having relatively few seafarers around its shores. We are hopeful that the Philippines’ ‘green lanes’ announced in July may see an effective way for the return and relief of this major seafaring workforce. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>But some governments have gone backwards. We have seen nations withdrawing shore leave for seafarers or restricting the numbers of people allowed to enter their borders each day. This will not assist a return to safe and sustainable global shipping industry, with functioning crew change, and such actions will not provide the humanitarian relief seafarers desperately need.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>In July, we welcomed commitments by 13 governments at the </span></span><em><span><span>International Maritime Virtual Summit on Crew Changes</span></span></em><span><span> hosted by the United Kingdom. They pledged to introduce visa, border and quarantine exemptions for seafarers. The ITF and our affiliates will be following up with those governments to ensure they action these pledges, and that they support the operation of more flights to get seafarers to and from ships. </span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>Furthermore, the ITF and our affiliates will be challenging the governments of countries which rely on maritime trade to pull their weight and join the move toward progress by making their own pledges. Such countries would include the likes of Australia, China, India, Russia and Ukraine.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>Going forward, the ITF will be:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>continuing our campaign that ‘Enough is Enough’ and we will continue to support seafarers’ in exercising their right to stop working, get off once their contract has finished;</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>working alongside our affiliated seafarer unions to lobby national governments to take action on visas, quarantining, flights and other matters required to return to functioning crew changes for this global workforce;</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>calling out any attempts to intimidate or blacklist seafarers for either exercising their human right to stop working and be repatriated once their contract has finished;</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>condemning any attempts to criminalise or blame seafarers for the inevitable consequences of the worlds’ fleet operating with an increasingly tired, fatigued and mentally stressed crew; and</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>exploring other options to force governments to take this crisis seriously.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p> </p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>We have said before that words alone are not enough. </span></span><span><span>Words will not get our people off these ships. Words will not see unemployed seafarers who are at home back working. Words will not avoid disaster.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>We demand action.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p>--</p> <p>Read our <a href="">related press release</a>.<br /> <br /> If you are a seafarer who requires immediate help or support, <a href="">contact ITF Seafarers Support</a>.</p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid" hreflang="en">covid</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--15" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Thu, 16 Jul 2020 11:36:41 +0000 Rory_M 194848 at ITF helps global seafarers repatriate via Spain <span class="field-title">ITF helps global seafarers repatriate via Spain</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Fairchem%20Mako%20Webimage.png?itok=DpCMgE8_" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Wed, 07/15/2020 - 11:31</span> <div class="field-field_image_caption">The Fairchem Mako, whose crew the ITF helped to get off and get home</div> <div class="field-body"><h2><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>​</span></span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>Philippines crew from tanker Giancarlo D return home</span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>For the crew of chemical tanker Giancarlo D, Luz Baz and the ITF are a godsend. Luz is the I</span></span><span><span>TF Coordinator for Spain, and she has been working with ship management in recent weeks to get five Philippines-based crew of the </span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>Giancarlo D repatriated to their home country.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>The efforts come during the height of border restrictions causing a global crew change crisis, thanks largely to governments’ reactions to Covid-19.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>The ship’s management company, Poli Ship management, had been making efforts to get the crew off for weeks, as April turned into May and May into June. But the combination of scarce flights to the Philippines and issues with visas requirements in various countries, had been preventing the agency from being able to put together a winning plan.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>It was when the company saw the ITF’s message that ‘Enough was Enough’ that they got in touch with the global federation. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>“On Thursday 18th of June I received a call from Mr Golenkov, from De Poli Ship Management, a company based in the Netherlands responsible for recruiting and manning ships in Europe. He had heard the ITF would assist with helping to get seafarers home and was eager to know if I could assist,”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>“While he felt like there wasn’t any hope, that it was proving impossible to repatriate the crew, he said we had a good opportunity with the Giancarlo D en route to Algeciras in Spain for a short time call.  This was our chance to get several Philippines seafarers, who were over their contracts, off the ship and back to their home country,”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>The Giancarlo D is a Maltese-flagged vessel and is covered by an ITF agreement.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>Luz told the ship management company that despite seafarers being declared “key workers” by the Spanish Government on 28th April, in practice seafarers were still not being given the exemptions they needed to disembark and be relieved by fresh crew in Spain.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>“We still face many difficulties. I told him that I could just guarantee my commitment to try everything possible to help the crew,”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="807cd0f1-2ac1-4b07-92ed-fcf9939205c3" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/unnamed.jpg" /> <figcaption><em>The Giancarlo D</em></figcaption> </figure> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>And committed she was. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>“I contacted the local agent of De Poli and I hit a wall. They were quite arrogant when they explained me the regular procedures to repatriate the crew, it was hard to make them understand that we´re in a special moment which need special solutions. Considering that the local agent was not proactive at all, I directly contacted the immigration authorities in Algeciras,”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>Algeciras is the biggest port in Spain, and Luz says that the authorities there, including a local policeman, were aware of the crew change crisis and were willing to help, or at least, to listen and try their best.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>“Around Algeciras there were at that time over 400 Filipino seafarers waiting to be repatriated and it was hard to find the way to accommodate them in hotels and guarantee flights for them,”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>“After several more contacts and after getting the full support from the ITF, the company proactively succeeded in moving all involved parties to help the crew to be repatriated,” she said.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>Reflecting on her success in getting yet more seafarers home to their families, Luz says “I think that this case showcases perfectly that collaboration between employers and the ITF is possible and can be effective. Working as a team is the key to succeed in our global and interconnected business, especially during such a critical period in time.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>And it seems not only the crew have been thankful for her help and support.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>Mr Golenkov, from the De Poli Ship Management, wrote to her and said in a grateful e-mail: “It is a good example for others to see that if you don’t give up and keep on trying, things will work out”.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>Fairchem Mako's Indian seafarers relieved by fresh crew via Germany, Spain</span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>Many of the crew of the Fairchem Mako, a chemical and oil products tanker built in 2018, had been working on board the Marshall Islands-flagged vessel for Anglo-Eastern for more than a year when the ITF became involved with helping them to get off the vessel and get home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>The Maritime Labour Convention sets a maximum of 11 months on board for seafarers. Recent studies by Yale show that working on board longer, including through unexpected contract extensions, can have a serious impact on seafarer mental wellbeing.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>According to Enrico Esopa, ITF Coordinator for the US East Coast, the crew had been trying to get off the Fairchem Mako for some time. The ITF was notified on 15 June that seafarers aboard had completed their contracts and sought repatriation. Enrico Esopa followed up on the case as the vessel was transiting the Panama Canal 16/17 June,  bound for Colombia. Seafarers tried to disembark in Columbia, but were not successful due to closed airports and a lack of international flights.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>So when the ship set sail for Barcelona, </span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>ITF Coordinator for Spain Luz Baz was ready and willing to help the crew be repatriated to India when their ship called in.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>On 3 July, Luz emailed the Anglo-Eastern, copying in her comrades from Indian seafarer affiliates and the North American-based </span></span><span><span>Seafarers International Union (SIU), who had been working on the case.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>She told the company that she had</span></span><span><span> been informed that there are several crew members over contract on board the vessel, and that they needed to be urgently repatriated upon the ship's arrival in Barcelona, Spain:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <blockquote> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span><span>“Considering that your vessel  is covered by an<strong> </strong>ITF approved agreement<strong> </strong>signed with SIU, I would like to avoid any delays of the ship in Barcelona, and I would like to escape from escalating the case by the involvement of the PSC and the Flag State authorities.  In order to avoid so, could you, please, send us ASAP, a detailed plan to repatriate the crew from<strong> </strong>upon arrival of your ship in our port? Can you send us the contact details of your local agent?  We need to receive this information before Monday 6th of July at 10 GMT.”</span></span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </blockquote> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>She explained that the ITF was willing to collaborate with the company, as it has done already with others, to get crew repatriated via Spain. With the right documentation, Luz told the company that seafarers’ key worker status in Spain could make repatriation possible “if there is enough willingness”.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>From there, Anglo-Eastern’s management in Singapore organised for “20 off-signers to disembark the vessel on completion of cargo and bunkering operations to depart Barcelona on 10 July 2020 for Doha to connect to another Chartered flight for onward travel back into India and their families”, they confirmed in emails to the ITF. Another 18 crew are joining the ship. The ‘joiners’ are leaving India on charter flights and travelling to Barcelona via Germany, where they will receive their Schengen “Visa on Arrival”.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>On hearing news that their husband and dad would be coming home to India, one seafarers’ thankful family wrote to the ITF to say “Thank you from my heart on behalf of his wife and daughter. I received message from him about his sign off. Thank you for supporting seafarers."</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid" hreflang="en">covid</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--16" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Wed, 15 Jul 2020 10:31:34 +0000 Rory_M 194847 at Australian maritime regulator silent on crew change crisis <span class="field-title">Australian maritime regulator silent on crew change crisis</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WebImage_AUSTRALIAS%20REGULATOR%20SILENT%20ON%20CREW%20CHANGE%20CRISIS.png?itok=uT-Qg37r" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Wed, 07/15/2020 - 02:33</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) says</span></span><span><span> the Australian federal government has been asleep at the wheel of the crew change crisis – risking trade, Australia’s economy and seafarers’ lives.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“On Thursday, when the UK was hosting a virtual international summit on the crew change crisis, Australia didn’t even dial in. It’s just the latest sign that there is no leadership from the federal government or its regulator to deal with the deepest maritime crisis in living memory,” ITF President and MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) confirmed that they had received 31 “complaints about seafarer repatriation” under the Maritime Labour Convention, which gives  seafarers the right to stop working, get off the ship and be flown home, once their contracts have expired. Since 1 March 2020, AMSA has only detained one ship, the SKS Doyles – a Norwegian flagged tanker – where it found that “11 seafarers had expired contracts of employment”, Crumlin said.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Maritime Labour Convention – which Australia is a signatory – sets a maximum 11 months that a seafarer can be on board. Due to coronavirus, border and transit restrictions, crew changes have become more difficult, along with flights and other repatriation logistics. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The ITF and the international maritime community believes there are more than 200,000 seafarers stuck working on board ships beyond their contracts around the world, many of whom visit Australian ports every day.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Fatigue, mental and physical health problems are becoming commonplace and an urgent humanitarian response is needed around the world. As an island nation completely reliant on shipping, Australia should be front-and-centre and the federal government must get involved,” Crumlin said.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“It’s time for Prime Minister Scott Morrison to take control of this situation and work with state governments, and their health agencies, to bring in a safe, effective repatriation corridors for international crew changes in Australian ports.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Morrison needs to wake up the AMSA leadership and direct them to urgently respond to the deepening crisis. There is good intentions across the maritime sector but there is no leadership, no vision and no international participation,” Crumlin said.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>ITF Australia Coordinator, Dean Summers, said AMSA has been sending the shipping industry the wrong message by the regulator telling ship owners it would</span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span> accept extensions on crew contracts and accept seafarers’ work tours of up to 14 months, even if doing so violated the international Maritime Labour Convention that Australia is signatory to.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>“The tide has washed away the line in the sand drawn by the Australian regulator and the industry is in a crisis which is worsening every day. Immediately following the reappointment of the CEO Mick Kinley, AMSA announced that they would accept contract extensions of up to 14 months and more if the owners promised to repatriate later. That’s unacceptable,” said Summers.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>“It seems AMSA’s flexibility knows no limit with that now being lengthened to 14 months using the Covid-19 pandemic as an excuse. This puts Australia in the same category as countries like Panama, which allowed ships registered under their flag to keep crew on board for up to 17 months until it bowed to international pressure,” said Summers.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Summers says that the ITF has been bombarded with pleas for help from masters, chief engineers and crew complaining that their ships are unsafe, crew are fatigued to a reckless degree, and that accidents are imminent. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>On Thursday, at the UK summit, 13 nations, including the US, the UK, Denmark, Germany, Saudi Arabia and the UAE agreed to a 7-point action plan to facilitate safe crew changes for the world’s seafarers, involving the aviation industry to get more of the 200,000 overworked seafarers home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Summers simply asks, “Where was Australia?”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><br /> <br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">Media contact: </span></strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><a href=""></a> | </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>+44 20 7940 9282</p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid" hreflang="en">covid</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--17" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194846&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="HgWDxT7Mg-_IYUk0pMfHquSI8NStjePPmEoFxIbrpD8"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53889" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53889 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53889" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1594866520"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">jackie f saavedra</div> <div class="c-comment-created">3 weeks 1 day ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>by next month AUG. 8 it will be my 11,months here on board..i already make a repatraition for my dis-embarkation and my other crew many are finished contract. we want to go home but the principal of the company only said after lockdown. they were repatrait us, but when it will be..we want i want to go home.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53889&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="Vr0kkYQwPhLaagA4BYhz4wN7lYDomToA5DomqJ9sisM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-54214" class="js-ajax-comments-id-54214 js-comment" about="/en/comment/54214" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1596608171"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Bikram Bhatia</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 days 5 hours ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Seafarers need to stand up for their rights. They need to fight their own battle otherwise nothing will happen.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=54214&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="0YA-vP5PTxkaJBhLlJl7Q-Q-9sRGA9zcXd5rNoRdzzg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </section> Wed, 15 Jul 2020 01:33:19 +0000 Rory_M 194846 at Ghanaians deceived by Danish shipowner: 'We were treated like slaves' <span class="field-title">Ghanaians deceived by Danish shipowner: &#039;We were treated like slaves&#039;</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Ghana%20story_webImage%20copy.png?itok=FGJtZGjO" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Tue, 07/14/2020 - 03:59</span> <div class="field-body"><p><em><strong>By <span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Anna Birch-Schmidt for </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>3F Fagbladet. Reposted with permission.</strong></em></p> <p>A shipowner in Thyboøren, Denmark has been charged with human trafficking and violation of the <em>Danish Aliens</em> <em>Act</em> after exploiting two Ghanaian sailors and subjecting them to labour under slave-like conditions.</p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>For more than three years, two African sailors worked under slave-like conditions aboard a fishing vessel in the Danish village of Thyborøn. No holidays and 11-hour days six days per week was the norm for Reuben Kotei and Justice Numo, who travelled to Denmark from Ghana on the false promise that they would be captaining a ship back to Africa.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>“You say that we have been treated like slaves. I am never happy to be called names, and especially not when I then find the name to be true,” says 57-year-old Reuben Kotei who, together with 52-year-old Justice Numo, is now under the protection of the Danish Centre against Human Trafficking until after their trial in August.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Police in Denmark </span></span></span><a href=""><span><span><span><span>have charged a 55-year-old Danish shipowner with human trafficking</span></span></span></span></a><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span> for employing the two men without the necessary labour permits and for assisting their unlawful stay in the country.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>According to the indictment, the prosecuting authority is seeking imprisonment, fines and compensation on behalf of the two Ghanaian men as well as confiscation of the shipping vessel concerned which is owned by the accused and his company.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Soldiers in war</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Reuben Kotei and Justice Numo lived on board the fishing vessel and were paid just 1,200 euros per month for their labour.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Reuben Kotei" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="cc567b9d-6fb1-4d75-afde-f64cd9aba2c7" height="617" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Screen%20Shot%202020-07-14%20at%203.00.32%20PM.png" width="412" /> <figcaption><em>57-year-old Reuben Kotei also suffered an eye injury as a result of his work on board the Helene. Photo: 3F archive/Michael Drost-Hansen</em></figcaption> </figure> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>They did not have any time off during the entire time they were working in Denmark. The shipowner withheld their passports and travel documents. In addition, after their work and residency permits expired on 3 April 2017, the two men no longer had a legal right to remain in Denmark, as they explain to <em>Fagbladet 3F</em>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>They were told that contacting the authorities would only bring trouble upon themselves considering that their papers were not in order. So they kept quiet and put up with the terrible working conditions.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>“We were dependent on the money, and in our culture, you keep your head down and don’t ask questions. We were soldiers in war. And when you’re at war, you persevere until the battle is won or lost. There is no expiration date,” says Reuben Kotei.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>The two Ghanaian men were also told not to stray beyond a radius of 500 metres from the ship, otherwise there would be consequences.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Back to Senegal </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Reuben Kotei and Justice Numo first met the Danish shipowner back when they were working in Senegal. Reuben Kotei explains that he helped the shipowner to find the best fishing spots along the Senegalese coast. The shipowner then asked the two Ghanaian men if they would like to return with him to Denmark to help him put the finishing touches on his fishing vessel, the Emma Helene.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>The plan was that Reuben and Justice would then sail the boat back to Senegal.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>“We were told it just needed painting and then it would be ready for departure. We only expected to be in Denmark for a short time,” explains Reuben Kotei who has worked as a sailor for a great many years.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Following a collision in the harbour, the Emma Helene sank before it ever managed to get out of Thyborøn. Consequently, Reuben and Justice were assigned to another ship, the Helene, instead.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Still with the goal of preparing the vessel for a return voyage to Senegal.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="PHOTO: 3F archive/Michael Drost-Hansen" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8de2d4bc-c25a-47b6-9be1-61515644e147" height="495" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Screen%20Shot%202020-07-14%20at%203.04.56%20PM.png" width="662" /> <figcaption><em>PHOTO: 3F archive/Michael Drost-Hansen</em></figcaption> </figure> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>No more questions</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Three years later, the two Ghanaian men found themselves still on board the Helene with no immediate prospects of returning to Africa. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Until 26 May 2020, Reuben Kotei and Justice Numo each lived in their own small cabins on board the ship. They worked on the Helene, completing odd jobs on the ship and working on other fishing vessels owned by the same employer. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>“Over the years, I would ask offhand when he [the shipowner] expected we might be ready to set sail. His response was always that it would probably be around another three months. Eventually, I just stopped asking,” says Justice Numo.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Although the Helene is owned by a Danish shipowner, the boat sails under the Belizean flag. By sailing under the Belizean flag or other so-called flags of convenience, the shipowner can get away with not paying Danish taxes or complying with Danish health and safety requirements. Crews on such boats are often left to contend with little security, miserable working conditions and shipowners who take no responsibility for the workers’ health or well-being.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><em>Fagbladet 3F</em> has also learned that the same Danish shipowner owns another ship, the Amalie, which is similarly registered under the Belizean flag and berthed in Thyborøn harbour. It was home to three other Ghanaian citizens who were imported to Denmark in April this year. These three men have now been deported by Danish police and will be flown out of the country as soon as the current coronavirus restrictions allow. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>No holidays, no family visits</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Although the Amalie sailed to Ghana on 7 March 2019 to bring the three other African sailors to Denmark, Reuben Kotei and Justice Nemo were not given the opportunity to join the voyage and sail back to their families.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Each month, the two men sent a large share of their earnings back to their wives and children in Ghana. It has been more than three years since they last saw their families, as without any relief from their duties, they have not been able to travel home. All contact has been through iPad screens.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>“It is really tough. We speak with our families day and night, and they are always asking when we’ll be coming home again. We don’t know how to answer them. We miss them an awful lot,” says Justice Numo.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="PHOTO: 3F archive/Michael Drost-Hansen " data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="fa8d77b2-f553-47c9-b65a-86470fdc3e56" height="618" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Screen%20Shot%202020-07-14%20at%203.07.11%20PM.png" width="410" /> <figcaption><em>PHOTO: 3F archive/Michael Drost-Hansen</em></figcaption> </figure> <p><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><strong>“Grotesque”</strong></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>With 12 years of experience as an ITF inspector (International Transport Workers’ Federation), Morten Bach is no stranger to cheating and deception in Danish waters. He was, therefore, not surprised to hear that two Ghanaian men had been living and working under slave-like conditions for more than three years. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>“I am deeply outraged that a Danish shipowner would rob two human beings of their freedoms and treat them in such a degrading manner. It is grotesque,” says Morten Bach, who works under the 3F transport group.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Among other things, it is his job to go on board ships in Danish waters and check up on contracts, working hours, salaries and other conditions.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Morten Bach reports that he comes across a few such cases each year which involve foreign citizens working in wretched conditions wherein it is completely unknown to both the police and the Danish Maritime Authority.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>“I am very glad the police managed to get him. And it is great to hear that his two victims have now been liberated from his charge,” says Bach.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>The dream of compensation</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>The case will be heard at Holstebro Court on 21 August and 31 August. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>According to the indictment, the two men are seeking compensation of 40,562 euros each – not an insignificant amount of money for the two Ghanaian sailors. If Reuben Kotei and Justice Numo are able to leave Denmark with compensation for their ordeal, Reuben Kotei hopes to realise a great dream of his: </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>“If we get the money, then perhaps I will finally be able to buy a boat of my very own,” he says.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><em>Fagbladet 3F</em> sought a comment from the shipowner’s defence counsel, Peter Secher, who declined to remark on the case and did not wish to confirm his involvement in the upcoming proceedings. <em>Fagbladet 3F</em> also approached the shipowner for a comment but did not receive a response.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>The Indictment:</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>According to the indictment, the shipowner is charged with violating paragraph 262a, item 1 of the Danish Penal Code which concerns human trafficking, considering that the men concerned were subjected to forced labour or to slave-like conditions for a period of time between February 2017 and 26 May 2020.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>The 55-year-old and his company have also been charged with violating the Danish Aliens Act by having employed the two foreigners without the necessary work permits and under aggravating circumstances.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>The ITF View:</strong></p> <p>Johnny Hansen is the Chair of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) Fisheries’ Section. He says the appalling treatment of these Ghanaian men by a Danish shipowner is just the latest example that shows slavery continues in modern times, often in plain sight along the shores of countries that pride themselves on their human rights records.</p> <p>“This shows that we still in 2020 have slavery onboard fishing vessels, and that this kind treatment of fishers might happen everywhere,” he said.</p> <p>Hansen said combatting slavery and human rights abuses in the fishing industry remains a priority for the ITF.</p> <p>“We have an ongoing campaign in Ireland to support migrant fishers to stand up for their human and labour rights, and to hold the people who exploit them to account. Many of those exploited are from North and West Africa, with some from Ghana. We’ve even had to take the Irish Government to court to make them address this growing problem in their own waters,”</p> <p>“Governments need to be doing more. It’s not good enough that <a href="">this year the US State Department found a country like Ireland</a> had “weakened deterrence, contributed to impunity for traffickers, and undermined efforts to support victims to testify”. In our view, to be silent on modern slavery is to be complicit in it,” said Hansen.</p> <p>3F is a Danish union which supported the Ghanaian men to seek freedom and justice, and is affiliated to the ITF.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong><em>Story by <span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Anna Birch-Schmidt, photos by Michael Drost-Hansen for </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>3F Fagbladet. ITF View added supplementarity. Reposted with permission.</em></strong></p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--18" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Tue, 14 Jul 2020 02:59:30 +0000 Rory_M 194845 at Governments must bring in exemptions for seafarers following summit <span class="field-title">Governments must bring in exemptions for seafarers following summit</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Press%20release%20graphic.jpg?itok=7Lm9Xvc_" width="1690" height="953" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/93" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Natalie</span></span> <span class="field-created">Thu, 07/09/2020 - 14:07</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span>The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has called on the world’s governments to act swiftly to give seafarers visa, border and quarantine exemptions in order to make crew changes possible and resolve the present crisis.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton represented the global federation’s one million seafaring members today, at the <em>International Maritime Virtual Summit on Crew Changes</em></span></span> <span><span>hosted by the United Kingdom in London.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“<a href="">Governments today adopted a statement</a> pledging to urgently take forward a range of actions to ‘avert the global crisis that is unfolding at sea’ for the more than 200,000 seafarers who are trapped working on ships beyond their contracts, and desperately wanting to return home,” said Stephen Cotton.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“We thank those countries who came together today for their commitment, and now call on those ministers and officials who signed the dotted line need to head back to their countries and follow through on these critical pledges by bringing in practical exemptions and waivers that allow seafarers to move freely to enable safe crew changes and repatriation to their home countries.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“What we want to do is remind all governments today that while you’re predominant focus is on responding to the economic challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, that response cannot ignore the plight of seafarers, and their fundamental human dignity.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“After months of this crew change crisis getting worse, governments must do their bit. That means that port states where ships dock; flag states where ships are registered; transit hubs with airports; and the home countries of seafarers, all need to make visa, quarantine and border exceptions for seafarers now, not tomorrow, not next week,” said Cotton.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The ITF has repeatedly warned that if governments fail to act to bring in practical exceptions for seafarers, and support more flights being available, then there are serious risks for the wellbeing of seafarers, for maritime safety, and for critical supply chains.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“We applaud those leaders who came together today for recognising the danger that tired, fatigued crew working beyond their contracts present to seafarers’ personal welfare as well as the operation of global supply chains and preventing the potential increase of marine accidents and pollution – other nations need to step up,” said Cotton.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“Governments must move from ‘appreciation [of] the world’s seafarers who have continued tirelessly to operate ships and move trade throughout this global crisis’ to concrete action. Now it’s about accountability, words will not get our people off these ships,” concluded Cotton.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><em>For more see <a href="">UK government press release</a> on the new international commitment and <a href="">joint statement of the international maritime virtual summit on crew changes</a>.</em></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-IE" xml:lang="EN-IE"><span>Media contact:</span></span></strong><span lang="EN-IE" xml:lang="EN-IE"><span> <a href=""><span></span></a> | </span></span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>+44 20 7940 9282</span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--19" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53794" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53794 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53794" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1594347253"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Ming Qiang</div> <div class="c-comment-created">4 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Looks like that the Covid-19 becoms seriously in Hk, it's more difficult to carry out crew change for all the crew members, who are still working on board ship.<br /> God bless you! Be safe and bon voyage!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53794&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="sEyiTTdN1BES4-AJ9DBPUIu2BvLeHOveeriPB9z-FhQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53798" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53798 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53798" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1594352722"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Моряк</div> <div class="c-comment-created">4 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Ой,как много громких слов. Нас,моряков,так оказывается уважать должны и благодарить. Подождем тут все или с ума сойдём окончательно с вашей деятельностью и симуляцией благодарности. А потом остальная половина моряков умрет,что дома сидела пока. Как же хочется вас тоже поблагодарить,а не за что. Бесполезные мешки с картошкой в костюмах вы!! Позор!!!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53798&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="JvhyNbd56HKMgLd91HP-Scya6Q5D0og5Au6bvD5Y7Rc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53816" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53816 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53816" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1594476730"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Ming Qiang</div> <div class="c-comment-created">3 weeks 5 days ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Only ITF works for our seafarers! Thank you very, very much for your hard working!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53816&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="Qrwx6KMf6SsSjL9NRMSwd1th5_WEZWFXrvNkEI__3_c"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53834" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53834 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53834" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1594612131"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">IgorGX23</div> <div class="c-comment-created">3 weeks 4 days ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>We are not prisoners !!! Let Us Go Home !!!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53834&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="7cvPrHqPLu5xqxzm9ERcUnTNhBwzxoAArpE9l3yWmuA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53891" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53891 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53891" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1594866838"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">jackie saavedra</div> <div class="c-comment-created">3 weeks 1 day ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>from mv atalante we want i want to signed off to be home...<br /> i hope i get a reply from your good heart</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53891&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="lMeW83srhrdBmdKbocLXKRP1EgcEBa60732wzteXDko"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53951" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53951 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53951" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1595234001"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Badar</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 weeks 4 days ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Goverment of all countries, merely words are not sufficient. Action must not only be done but must be seen to be done. Searfarers and our families are suffering due to this endless restriction. We are kept on board our vessels against our will.<br /> #BringUsHome</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53951&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="UzA1C6IvbF3lnsYxZP7TKsHiir0jSFrJoS_AD9tVcIk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </section> Thu, 09 Jul 2020 13:07:50 +0000 Natalie 194839 at ITF calls out Berejiklian Government's “smokescreen” Ruby Princess inquiry <span class="field-title">ITF calls out Berejiklian Government&#039;s “smokescreen” Ruby Princess inquiry</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/ITF%20CALLS%20OUT%20BEREJIKLIAN%20GOVT%E2%80%99S%20%E2%80%9CSMOKESCREEN%E2%80%9D%20RUBY%20PRINCESS%20INQUIRY%20copy.png?itok=YY43wXs5" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Thu, 07/09/2020 - 05:31</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) today branded the New South Wales Government’s inquiry into the Ruby Princess as a ‘smokescreen’ for the government’s failings in the second phase of the Ruby Princess saga after passengers disembarked.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>The ITF joined with state and federal Labor politicians in calling for Premier Berejiklian to expand the terms of reference of the inquiry to examine the events beyond 19 March 2020, including authorities’ disregard for the health, safety and welfare of crew and whether decisions made in relation to medical care, testing and repatriation exposed the crew, and the Australian public, to a greater risk of contracting Covid-19.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>ITF Coordinator Dean Summers said today that the narrow terms of reference made it seem the Premier was trying to cover up the state government’s failings over the ship, rather than examine which lessons can be learnt to prevent future outbreaks on cruise vessels.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b9a4020f-00cd-4c72-a918-ca4f8aeef6de" height="643" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Screen%20Shot%202020-07-09%20at%204.37.56%20PM.png" width="839" /> <figcaption><em>The ITF's Scott McDine addresses a media conference in Sydney on the Ruby Princess Inquiry</em></figcaption> </figure> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>“Premier Berejiklian made a promise when she established this inquiry to ‘leave no stone unturned until we find out exactly what happened’, but the reality is that the limited scope of the Special Commission’s term of reference renders the inquiry a sham,” said Summers.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>“The 1,200 crew members, whose health, safety and welfare were disregarded by authorities at every step of the way throughout the Ruby Princess saga, are now the victims of political smother."</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>“In a letter from the Commission just yesterday, they confirmed that they’re aware of our calls on the Premier to investigate all that went wrong with the Ruby Princess, and they’ve said that expanding the terms of reference of the inquiry ‘is now a matter for the Premier’. Even according to the Commissioner, the ball is now firmly in Premier Berejiklian’s court.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In correspondence to ITF’s legal team, the Commission also stated that, “the treatment of infected crew after passengers disembarked the Ruby Princess on 19 March 2020, and the circumstances of their repatriation, or ongoing medical treatment on the vessel” are of concern to the Commissioner. Despite the Commissioner’s view that these matters do not fall within the current terms of reference, the Commission stated, “That is not a reflection on the seriousness of the confirmed facts or assertions made”.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>“The inquiry must examine the events beyond when the passenger disembarked. We need to know with what information did the NSW Government send the Ruby Princess from Sydney to Port Kembla? Why didn’t they undertake any effort to test the crew or to repatriate crew before they were exposed to greater risk of contracting Covid-19?” said Summers.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="cfbd3752-25d9-4f0a-9016-47a119b4502e" height="698" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Screen%20Shot%202020-07-09%20at%204.37.46%20PM.png" width="872" /> <figcaption><em>The ITF's Dean Summers said the NSW Government's narrow terms of reference and impossible report back time amounted to a 'smokescreen' to cover up Australian authorities' handling of the Ruby Princess saga</em></figcaption> </figure> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>“Were the decisions of state and federal government’s consistent with Australia’s international obligations when cruise ships were ordered to leave the Australian coast no matter the catastrophe that those decisions would bring upon crew? We need to know if it was even legal for NSW Police Commissioner Fuller to demand that the Ruby Princess depart Port Kembla on 19 April 2020, despite 200 Covid-19 cases on board the ship.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>“NSW Government and federal authorities are responsible as much for the welfare of the crew of the Ruby Princess as they are for the welfare of passengers. The Ruby Princess’ crew are people who simply went to work, and were put in danger because of the actions and inaction of authorities handling this outbreak. They deserve the justice of knowing everything was done that could be done to help them. They deserve to know what went wrong and how a similar travesty could be avoided,” said Summers.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>The ITF is committed to make sure that justice is done for the crew who were infected, they believe, due to agency incompetence.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>Summers said: “We want federal and state agencies to own up, answer the hard questions, and admit where they got it wrong. That’s what the crew of the Ruby Princess deserve after being exposed to one of the biggest occupational health and safety calamities in Australia’s maritime history.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>“If we can’t get justice from Premier Berejiklian, if she’s choosing cover-up over owning-up, then we’ll take this show to Canberra and ‘turn over’ all the ‘stones’ we need to, for as long as we need to,” said Summers.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid" hreflang="en">covid</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--20" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53780" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53780 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53780" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1594271693"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Eric Winterburn</div> <div class="c-comment-created">4 weeks 1 day ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Hold this NSW state government accountable. Blood on there hands over this debacle.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53780&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="RVz6U36OwO0jhpV6YprHrFOT1hN1HeznKQsKR_fuPx4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </section> Thu, 09 Jul 2020 04:31:32 +0000 Rory_M 194837 at Unite safeguards cabin crew jobs at Ryanair <span class="field-title">Unite safeguards cabin crew jobs at Ryanair</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Civil%20aviation%20-%20Ryanair.png?itok=A75FY4-Q" width="1690" height="900" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/113" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">james_b</span></span> <span class="field-created">Wed, 07/08/2020 - 18:31</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>In May, Ryanair announced that it would cut 3,000 jobs across Europe as a result of the continued disruption to the aviation sector. Since then, unions have been in negotiations with the airline to mitigate the impact of cuts on workers and their families.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Under the new agreement with Unite, Ryanair will impose no cabin crew job cuts in exchange for workers taking a temporary pay cut. Pay will be reduced by between 5% and 10% for different groups of workers, and these reductions will be reversed in two steps in 2023 and 2024. The reversals may occur earlier if Ryanair’s business recovers faster than expected.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>This agreement reflects the new negotiating framework recently adopted by the ITF/ETF Ryanair Union Group, which covers affiliated unions across the airline’s network. The framework proposed to the airline stresses the need for open and fair dialogue between Ryanair and all unions in the Group.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--21" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194836&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="qe0uMGeTquu5DlvKky7po62gpVJSfpPfj09z8Ei9wSc"></drupal-render-placeholder> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Wed, 08 Jul 2020 17:31:30 +0000 james_b 194836 at ITF podcast: Domestic violence in the light of Covid-19 <span class="field-title">ITF podcast: Domestic violence in the light of Covid-19</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WhatsApp%20Image%202020-07-08%20at%2011.11.13_0.jpeg?itok=xQV0T4A9" width="1690" height="953" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/169" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Ema_K</span></span> <span class="field-created">Wed, 07/08/2020 - 16:52</span> <div class="field-body"><p>In the latest episode of the&nbsp;<a href="">ITF podcast</a>, alongside our invited guests, we were discussing devastating spikes in the cases of domestic violence due to the special circumstances surrounding Covid-19. For many workers, especially women, going to work is a source of independence and allows time away from the abuser. Tension rises when employment is not guaranteed, taken away or when self-isolation is mandatory.</p> <p>During these challenging times, domestic violence survivors are battling two wars.&nbsp;One with the virus and one to survive domestic abuse. Today the global message is to stay at home, to stay safe and fight the pandemic. However, what do we do when homes are not safe?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Neha Prakash, programme specialist (ending violence against women transport workers),&nbsp;spoke to Barb&nbsp;MacQuarrie and&nbsp;Sheela Naikwade.</p> <p>Barb MacQuarrie is the community director of the Center of Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children at Western University, she has lead numerous training programmes, initiatives, and research projects.</p> <p>Sheela Naikwade is vice president of&nbsp;<span><span><span><span><span><span>MSTKS,&nbsp;India,&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>and one of the leading contributors to the&nbsp;development of&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>the ITF Women’s Advocate Programme.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p>Barb MacQuarrie highlights the risks self-isolation might bring: "Home isolation, however vital it is to fight against the pandemic, is giving more power to abusers. These social distancing measures are increasing women and their children's day-to-day exposure to abuse of men. We know when family members are in close proximity, under conditions of duress for extended periods of time, rates of violence against women as well as violence against children increase."</p> <p>Sheela Naikwade added: "The bitter truth&nbsp;is&nbsp;that women workers often say that the workplace is a better, more supportive environment for them than their own home. They feel free and less fearful at work. They can share their experiences with others, they can get guidance from their colleagues and friends to tackle the situation, and sometimes they can even contact doctors, lawyers or counsellors.&nbsp;All of this is not possible from home."</p> <p>The ITF podcast, All Over The Place, is available from the link below, Apple Podcasts and Spotify.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="102px" scrolling="no" src="" width="400px"></iframe></p> <p>There is more information about the ITF's response to the Covid-19 global pandemic&nbsp;<a href="">here</a>, and the ITF women transport workers' department website is&nbsp;<a href="">here</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/women" hreflang="en">women</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--22" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194835&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="0FO5J-ohjwfBAYrXH9OOn1iq2y_Zg26C2wPUUPxceAs"></drupal-render-placeholder> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Wed, 08 Jul 2020 15:52:54 +0000 Ema_K 194835 at Mauritian seafarers faced with fines, cockroaches in ordeal to get home <span class="field-title">Mauritian seafarers faced with fines, cockroaches in ordeal to get home</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Webimage_Mauritius%20copy.png?itok=djAuAeK3" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Tue, 07/07/2020 - 10:11</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Mauritian government recently announced it would finally open its doors to the thousands of its own seafarers trapped around the world – but only by a slight crack. And there’s a few catches.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Isolation island: the Mauritian policy so far</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I am a seaman and I want to go home, like anyone else,” writes Vishan Balkissoon.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Vishan is one of an estimated 2,000 Mauritian seafarers trapped on 21 otherwise empty passenger ships in 82 ports around the globe. They’ve been on these ships, far from friends and family, since the outset pandemic currently gripping the world.  It’s the plight of the Mauritian seafarers that made 2,000 people (including Vishan) sign a petition calling for the  Mauritian government to allow him and the hundreds others to return to their homeland.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“We know of several crew members who have lost loved ones at home while waiting,” the </span></span></span></span><a href=""><span><span><span><span>petition</span></span></span></span></a> <span><span><span><span>launched by Crew Centre reads.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Some of the stranded crew have terminally ill partners with only weeks, some days, left to live. “My nephew couldn’t even attend his father’s funeral last week,” writes Indira, one of the many family members of Mauritian seafarers who signed the petition. There are children waiting for their only parent to return home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Mauritian government reacted to the pandemic strongly early on - locking its borders to everyone, including its own citizens. The lockdown to the outside world ensured the small nation fared relatively well compared to other countries in battling the virus, recording just 341 cases. But a near-Covid-free paradise is little solace for the thousands of Mauritian nationals who remain in their own isolation – onboard the world’s ships. “My husband is still on board... shame on our Mauritian government,” writes Beeharry.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>According to the ITF, a growing number of seafarers who are caught up in the crew change crisis have been onboard their vessels for more than the 11 months legally allowed under the Maritime Labour Convention. Some have been on longer than 15 months.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Many petitioners who need their brothers, nephews, boyfriends and partners back home describe the shocking conditions the seafarers are enduring in these ‘floating prisons’. One person wrote that crew were “under huge trauma and the anxiety is taking a toll on their mental health”.</span></span></span></span> <span><span><span><span>“I know they go through many problems – insomnia, depression,  lack of money,” wrote another.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Getting the seafarers off cruise and cargo vessels has become a humanitarian emergency. Locked borders by port and transit countries have been a problem until recently, with a handful of countries now opening up to allow crew changes. Canada and Hong Kong both recently introduced crew change protocols. But for the Mauritian seafarers, there isn’t much point in getting off in Vancouver or Hong Kong, if your home country won’t take let you fly home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Even if an employer wanted to bring Mauritius seafarers back to their homeland by ship, as many cruise lines have been doing internationally, they are prevented by the Mauritian from berthing and disembarking their Mauritian crew. The block has been in place since before 22 March, when the Mauritius Ports Authority simply announced that “no request for crew change will be entertained until further notice”. But that hard-line policy is beginning to crack.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In a recent video to Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth, two hundred of his own citizens, stranded on a Norwegian Cruise Line vessel the Norwegian Epic<em>, </em>begged their leader to open the border to his own people and allow them to come home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>T</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>he Norwegian Epic became something of a floating hotel for crew from different nationalities waiting for repatriation. Week by week more seafarers went home. Their governments helped them. The Mauritians remained. Until now.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Whether it was their calling-out of their PM in the media or some other reason for a change of heart, the 200 Mauritian seafarers stranded on the Norwegian Epic were repatriated on June 28.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sadly, successful cases like the ‘Epic’ remain more of an exception, than the norm, when it comes to getting home for Mauritian seafarers. A number of cruise vessels were turned away in the last fortnight as they attempted to return crew to Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Fined to see their own families</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>But things seemed to change for the better in June, when the Mauritian government announced it would open the doors – a slight crack – to its own seafarers. A small but consistent number would be allowed back. The island nation would stagger the intake of its own people: 150 at any one time.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>But there is a couple of catches to the Mauritian government’s new kindness to its own seafarers.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Firstly, crew can only return to their homes and families if their employer uses Air Mauritius, the government-owned airline that has been struggling financially since Covid-19 hit the island nation’s tourism-dependent economy.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Flights are expensive, there aren’t many, and they fly from a limited number of locations. Companies are not allowed to charter other companies if they want crew to return home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Secondly, the government said seafarers would only be allowed ashore if cruise lines berthing for crew change pay the government USD1,300 per seafarer getting off, plus the costs of 15 day quarantine and testing for Covid-19. The government charges even more if any crew test positive.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The controversial policy, which is set to put the brakes on any rush towards crew repatriation, has been met by dismay from crew, their families, and the cruise companies expected to foot the bill.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Akshaye Madoo, a Mauritius-born guest administrative officer at Royal Caribbean International in Texas, USA, calculated that repatriation costs would total USD2,600 for each seafarer.  This would amount to USD10.4 million to cover the 4,000 Mauritian seafarers estimated to be in the cruise and cargo industries, he said.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“They are trying to extort money from cruise line companies,” Madoo said, outraged in an appeal on </span></span></span></span><a href=""><span><span><span><span>YouTube</span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span>, adding it would put jobs at risk. “It’s a scandal, it’s a black day for Mauritius seafarers, because we cannot return to our country.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In summing up the situation, </span></span></span></span><a href=""><span><span><span>journalist Tom Casey</span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span> writes that “thousands of cruise crews have been kept in the dark indefinitely”, “Caught in the middle of a dispute between cruise corporations and governments over who will foot the bill for their repatriation.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Dirty, squalid conditions for some who make it ashore</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>While until recently the Mauritian government made it clear it doesn’t want its own people back during this pandemic, for some of those who have navigated all the rules and charges levied by Jugnauth’s island nation and finally made it ashore, the conditions awaiting them have much to be desired.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Photos taken by seafarers show some isolation facilities with mould covering the walls, run-down, broken buildings, cockroach infested quarters and dirty linen. While this may not the the case for all quarantine locations – is it acceptable for any?</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="57187e61-68d6-4099-99d6-87be0734851b" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/1.jpg" class="align-center" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="85e318fa-c0a6-47d0-afe4-ab255f5a7049" height="438" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/2_0.jpg" width="778" class="align-center" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="1291a6a4-0d78-4ca5-8b51-57bf6f1354c2" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/3.jpg" class="align-center" /> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="cda5ce31-28f3-4ab1-becd-fc48b4ce6e30" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/4.jpg" /></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="95d1c346-79e1-4367-849e-c6b419214ce5" height="439" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/5.jpg" width="781" class="align-center" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d12dbc79-0369-4351-9253-ed6af50a0874" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/6.jpg" class="align-center" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="93b384e7-c965-410c-9628-5bfcd7fce814" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/105687940_885819635228372_4771397463502288362_o.jpg" class="align-center" /> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>For a country aiming to recover its important international tourism industry, the leaked photos could prove disastrous. The images confirm a sad continuation of the government’s disdain for its seafaring workforce and the unevenness of its repatriation process.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>ITF Inspectorate Coordinator Steve Trowsdale says the Mauritian government should be ashamed of their treatment of their own seafarers.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Here is a country that has benefited so greatly both from bringing international tourists ashore, and by receiving the wages of thousands of Mauritian seafarers working hard on cruise and cargo ships the world over. It is abhorrent that they would turn their backs on their own people in an hour of need, and insult them further by extorting them for the simple wish to come ashore and see their families,” said Trowsdale.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“We’re going to keep up our pressure on the Mauritian government. They have a very valuable international brand. With a good global image, comes the responsibility to assist seafarers to get off and get home with dignity and respect,” said Trowsdale.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid" hreflang="en">covid</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--23" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194834&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="AmXNz-udPVVg-fde5zHPFFFoil0oeNvUBqNVmKI1Rqc"></drupal-render-placeholder> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Tue, 07 Jul 2020 09:11:29 +0000 Rory_M 194834 at ITF affiliates stand for crew change <span class="field-title">ITF affiliates stand for crew change</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Webimage_PR.png?itok=AH7PvInt" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Tue, 07/07/2020 - 09:23</span> <div class="field-body"><p>Seafarers in their unions are putting more pressure on the world’s governments to allow for crew changes, as more than 200,000 seafarers are now trapped aboard vessels working beyond their contracts.</p> <p>In an <a href=""><em>Open message from major labour providing unions affiliated to the ITF to global seafarers and the International Community</em></a>, the unions declare their support for the global federation’s ‘Enough is Enough’ position, which pledges unions to assist seafarers in getting off ships and returning home if their contract has finished and it is safe to do so.</p> <p>Welcoming the statement are ITF Seafarers Section Chair Dave Heindel, and First Vice-Chair Conrad Oca.</p> <p>“We in the ITF have done everything we can to try and help break the logjam and get seafarers back home once their contracts have finished. We have worked with employers through the International Chamber of Shipping and the JNG to successfully lobby the International Maritime Organisation and the International Labour Organisation. We have even secured the United Nations declaring seafarers key workers and the Secretary-General’s support,” said Dave Heindel.</p> <p>“The reason we campaign at this high level with these international bodies is so that we can give governments the tools to implement practical crew change protocols. They cannot say they haven’t been given the tools, or the time, to do this.”</p> <p>“I am encouraged to see the major labour providing unions affiliated to the ITF come out with a fresh commitment to the global campaign to make crew change happen. Countries are starting to make the changes they need to. It is our unity that is achieving that progress, said Dave Heindel.</p> <p>First Vice-Chair Conrad Oca, who is also President of the Associated Marine Officers' and Seamen's Union of the Philippines, said the joint statement showed that seafarers right across the world understood the power of solidarity.</p> <p>“The ITF has been saying that the price of global trade, of a global labour market, is that people are able to return home when they have finished working.”</p> <p>“While there are some positive signs across the world from governments, we cannot let this moment pass. Now is the time to bring in crew change protocols everywhere so seafarers who have finishsed their contracts can get off a ship, get to an airport and return safely to their home country. For supply routes to keep operating – governments must allow fresh crew to relieve us.”</p> <p>“This crew change crisis has put an incredible strain on seafarers, their families – and yes, their unions. It is a high-pressure situation. But along every step of the way, we walk in solidarity. We are in this together,” concluded Conrad Oca.</p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid" hreflang="en">covid</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--24" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194832&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="wI-u4dSaIxU0_99chaPwPSdkQJMDJurAQfYpZ68om3w"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53797" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53797 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53797" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1594351952"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Моряк</div> <div class="c-comment-created">4 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Бла-бла-бла...мы говорим в пустую очевидные вещи, пока люди продолжают страдать. И не стыдно вам,президенты различные и вся их рать, а также председатели всех видом. Хватит пустословить, страйки организуйте уже для моряков! Защите, наконец-то, наши права!!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53797&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="c4TyFH1jJLoFZueV5DWheq1W9bkDGbGp7V8VpWcoFl8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53866" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53866 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53866" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1594755380"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Jerry caringal cook </div> <div class="c-comment-created">3 weeks 2 days ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Hi,is there anyone who can help me to go home?im physically, mentally, emotionally tired already. Im 11 months onboard and still going. After my contract expired last may 2020 and they forced me to sign again for extension contract 2+/-1 month and they said it is only formality and they still repatriate finished the 2months and almost finish the +1 and They always said they planning to change us. But still we are here. I even send them a letter asking a favor to put me on the 1st batch but still they just ignored it.they are planning to repatriate some 1st batch but still no confirmation. And my name is not even in the list. Maybe some one can help me to go home.. 🙏🙏🙏</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53866&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="5bPehFrf8a4p8fK8_0BexujRzooLZD8UqYl9upMswXQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </section> Tue, 07 Jul 2020 08:23:24 +0000 Rory_M 194832 at Open message from major labour providing unions affiliated to the ITF to global seafarers and the international community <span class="field-title">Open message from major labour providing unions affiliated to the ITF to global seafarers and the international community </span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Open%20Message%20Webimage2.png?itok=2EduwbWS" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Tue, 07/07/2020 - 09:22</span> <div class="field-body"><p>The race to develop a Covid-19 response that controls the virus, protects people and provides relief for battered economies is an urgent priority.</p> <p>However, as major labour providing unions that represent nearly two-thirds of the world’s seafarers, we are extremely concerned by and frustrated over the lack of understanding the global community has of the challenges faced by the men and women working at sea, and who know feel forgotten by many Governments of the world .</p> <p>Since the beginning of March the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and its affiliated unions including ourselves, together with industry representatives and UN specialized agencies, have explored all possible ways to raise the attention of governments, flag states and the general public to the crucial and fundamental role seafarers play in today’s global supply chain and world trade. We have highlighting the need to provide all necessary assistance to facilitate crew changes for those of you who have completed your contracts.</p> <p>We have taken decisions responsibly, at the time when the virus was peaking, ensuring the world continued to receive the necessary supplies and essential services provided by seafarers.</p> <p>This was only possible because of the sacrifice of the seafarers – your willingness to continue to support the world’s communities, in most cases many of you had completed or were about to complete your tour of duty. Seafarers like yourself, with the support of your families simply continued to transport the necessary goods without complaint, professionally taking on the challenge, despite being ostracized by many countries that closed their borders and denied access to emergency medical assistance and shore leave.</p> <p>We welcomed the announcements made by the G20 Ministers at their summit in April 2020, which invited governments to consider seafarers, and other workers, instrumental to the global response to provide the uninterrupted delivery of essential goods. Followed by a powerful and unequivocal message from the UN Secretary General calling on States to facilitate crew change as a matter of priority, recognising the role of seafarers and the difficulties they faced in the current environment.</p> <p>Dramatic photos of exhausted medical professionals engaged in assisting people hit the global news. As did examples of other key workers continuing with their work, allowing us to carry on with our lives safely and in comfort. With no mention of seafarers, the maritime industry was left to fight against government bureaucracy and not in just one country, but in almost all countries. States passed their responsibilities on to each other, or on to the industry itself making it almost impossible for over 200,000 seafarers to return home, and for their replacements to join ships.</p> <p>We are Seafarers and we listen to Seafarers. We accept your frustration for not receiving the recognition you deserve for the work you do to keep the global economy moving. We accept the criticism that at times has been expressed when the frustration and anxiety has reached a tipping point because you are unable to leave or join the ship, and for the repeated exemptions of the maritime instruments that regulate your safety and well-being. We hear you and we will continue to support you as best we can.</p> <p>It is alarming that even countries where the vast majority of seafarers come from have failed to develop a robust and practical plan to facilitate a prompt/swift return home of their seafarers, or to send them on ships. Countries whose economies benefit from the placement of seafarers on ships in international trade via the income the seafarers bring home. Too little was done and not sufficiently co-ordinated to address the mass of seafarers that have to return or leave to join ships. These countries should be leading the global response to address the issue of crew change. These countries have the responsibility to stand up for their seafarers, their citizens and say “enough is enough” to the global community, to alert the world to the risk that exhausted seafarers, after months on board  without their ships being inspected to verify ships’ safety equipment, is a health and safety hazard Seafarers have rights  and your rights need to be respected.</p> <p>The ITF and its affiliated unions took a decision to draw the line – to not accept blanket exemptions to seafarers’ contracts or ship certifications. We believe that it is irresponsible to force the seafarers to extend their contracts further. The risk of accidents, loss of life, maritime disasters and threats to the environment are too dangerous a reminder for all of us to allow it to happen.</p> <p>We appreciate the reasons why countries had imposed travel restrictions. There was a clear need to protect the health and safety of their populations against the pandemic. However, in the current climate, with an increasing number of governments attempting to restart their economies, depriving seafarers of their rights by preventing crew change is no longer a plausible excuse. The world needs goods to be transported, and crew changes must happen now. This includes ensuring that more flights start operating since the pandemic has also dramatically affected the civil aviation industry.</p> <p>Forcing seafarers whose contracts have ended to remain on board further will result in the number of crew changes required to increase exponentially day after day, and by the end of August there will be around 375,000 seafarers in need of replacement. If nothing changes, this will exasperate further the ability to perform crew changes, and this is not acceptable, something has to change now.</p> <p>Commercial interests cannot be an excuse or reason to condone further extensions of the current regulations and if this is allowed by flag states then they become an accomplice, potentially responsible for accidents, which may occur to seafarers, the ships and the environment along with the P&amp;I Clubs.</p> <p>We will not accept any discrimination or inequality of seafarers. However, we want to be clear about the ITF and its affiliated unions’ position; seafarers who have finished their contracts,  or the extended contracts, and do not agree or want to extend contracts even further, then the ITF and we as your unions will continue to do everything possible to assist you. We are not calling and have not called for work stoppages, and neither has the ITF. But we have said that we will continue to assist seafarers who want to exercise their rights not to extend their contracts and we will stand with them – and stand with you.</p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid" hreflang="en">covid</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--25" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194831&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="cjK_6-PYEvQvEDmUQKFCVF4PmEiXr0TlE-e-VCpJcAc"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53795" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53795 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53795" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1594351695"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Моряк</div> <div class="c-comment-created">4 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Сколько ещё вы будете бесмысленно сотрясать воздух. Вам уже никто не верит, вы показали,что вы бесполезны и беспомощны. Позорище полнейшее. Они задекларировал,они издали....жизни людей ни во что не ставите и в сговоре с судовладельцами, рабовладельцы!!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53795&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="1foM6Z27vbgpmAOqut77srB_eqCip3kW0gb8kjmScUg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </section> Tue, 07 Jul 2020 08:22:13 +0000 Rory_M 194831 at ITF Young Aviation Workers' Summer School <span class="field-title">ITF Young Aviation Workers&#039; Summer School</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Summer%20School%202020%20global.jpg?itok=HFVlnjJX" width="1690" height="953" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/20" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">barton_linda</span></span> <span class="field-created">Mon, 07/06/2020 - 11:45</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span>Join us for this year’s ITF Young Aviation Workers' Summer School.<br /> <br /> At this unprecedented time for civil aviation, we need to ensure young voices are heard.</span></span></p> <h3><br /> <span><span>Where:</span></span></h3> <p><span><span>This year's Summer School will be held as a series of online webinars due to travel restrictions.</span></span></p> <h3><br /> <span><span>When:</span></span></h3> <p><strong><span><span>Europe/Africa/Americas/Arab World</span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span>21 July 2020: 14:00 - 16:00 (UK Time)<br /> 23 July 2020: 14:00 - 16:00 (UK Time)</span></span><br /> <br /> <strong><span><span>Asia Pacific </span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span>27 July: 07:00 - 09:00 (UK Time)<br /> 29 July: 07:00 - 09:00 (UK Time)</span></span><br />  </p> <h3><span><span>The programme</span></span></h3> <p><span><span>The programme aims to promote learning and sharing to increase the visibility of young workers in civil aviation, and will cover issues such as:</span></span><br />  </p> <ul> <li>Overview of the Covid-19 pandemic and the disproportionate impact on young men and women in the aviation industry</li> <li><span><span>What role unions and young activists have in the post-pandemic 'new normal'</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Campaigning in the aviation sector, online/digital campaigning experiences</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Young workers' vision on the future of aviation</span></span><br />  </li> </ul> <h3><span><span>Who should attend the summer school?</span></span></h3> <p><span><span>Young trade unionists working in the Civil Aviation sector, age 35 and under, who are active in their unions and keen to be more involved in international work. <br /> Participants should have a good understanding of trade union issues and challenges. They should also have some knowledge of the ITF and its activities. <br /> <br /> The webinars will be in English with specific languages available for simultaneous interpretation.<br /> <br /> Young women participants are especially encouraged to apply for a place at the summer school. <br /> Participants of the summer school will be expected to do preparatory work, make presentations and follow up with activities in their unions after the event.<br /> <br /> A selection process will take place in order to guarantee that the above criteria and gender balance are met. After the registration deadline has passed, you will receive an email to confirm if you have been selected to attend the summer school.<br /> <br /> Please click one of the links below to register for the summer school, as soon as possible, but in any event no later than <br /> <strong>Friday, 17 July 2020</strong>.</span></span><br />  </p> <h3><span><span>Register here</span></span>:</h3> <ul> <li><span><span>Europe/Africa/Americas/Arab World - <a href=""></a></span></span></li> <li><span><span>Asia Pacific - <a href=""></a></span></span></li> </ul></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--26" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194827&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="5HjUGoBylCoTUPG9h7mhBv-TpUewOf3TTHbYW17ZgHY"></drupal-render-placeholder> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Mon, 06 Jul 2020 10:45:05 +0000 barton_linda 194827 at Crew of Global Cruise Vessels to return home from UK <span class="field-title">Crew of Global Cruise Vessels to return home from UK</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Webimage_Resolution.png?itok=X-bHKDLm" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Thu, 07/02/2020 - 10:54</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has been assisting hundreds of seafarers aboard the six Global Cruise Lines’ vessels currently in Tilbury and Bristol, in the United Kingdom. The seafarers have been stranded there because of global travel restrictions brought in to deal with the global pandemic.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Crew on board the vessels have been stuck there for several months and many are now facing expired contracts and more than 12 months on board.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The ITF and Global Cruise Lines have reached an agreement that will see crew continue to be repatriated over coming days.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Christian Verhounig, CEO of Global Cruise Lines said: “We appreciate the good relations we have with the ITF and the support they are providing in these difficult times. Their involvement has greatly assisted us in speeding up the repatriation of all our valued crew members.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Stephen Cotton, General Secretary of the ITF, said:  “The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has had an adverse effect on the maritime industry, especially the cruise industry. The ITF recognises that this company is a victim of these circumstances.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Crew from the Global Cruise Lines' Ships were thankful for ITF support" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9408823e-70eb-4242-af96-643b0b08d21b" height="574" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/WhatsApp%20Image%202020-07-02%20at%2021.50.12.jpeg" width="555" /> <figcaption><strong><em>Crew from the Global Cruise Lines' Ships were thankful for ITF support</em></strong></figcaption> </figure> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>"The crew of the vessels are of many nationalities and we appreciate the continuing efforts of the company to arrange repatriations. We look forward to Global Cruise Lines returning to normal operations and to continuing the long-standing relationship with them,” said Stephen Cotton.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid" hreflang="en">covid</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--27" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194818&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="6dnyx5OJ1AUaqE8Sm5T4bCMgF3xFKTx7E9LHJzD9HvI"></drupal-render-placeholder> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Thu, 02 Jul 2020 09:54:57 +0000 Rory_M 194818 at ITF working to get Ukrainian seafarers’ wages back, repatriation from São Sebastião, Brazil <span class="field-title">ITF working to get Ukrainian seafarers’ wages back, repatriation from São Sebastião, Brazil</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WebImage_ITF%20working%20to%20get%20Ukrainian%20seafarers%20get%20home%20paid.png?itok=FFEyHULe" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Thu, 07/02/2020 - 06:29</span> <div class="field-field_image_caption">Image credit: radarlitoral</div> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>There’s 11,086 kilometres between São Sebastião, Brazil and the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv. It’s those eleven thousand kilometres ITF Inspector Renialdo de Freitas has been working to get 16 Ukrainian seafarers back across, to their homes and families. With their wages.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The seafarers are the crew of a Panamanian-flagged vessel, the Srakane.  The ship has been laid up in the São Sebastião Channel for more than three weeks. The seafarers want to go home – but they also want their employer to pay their outstanding wages before they leave the vessel. They are owed collectively over USD180,000.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The ship came to Brazil from Morocco in early June, calling in to a number of ports before anchoring in São Sebastião. The crew refuse to go any further until they receive their wages, which haven’t been paid in at least seven months. The captain has gone four months, and one crew member has not been paid for almost a year.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>During the challenging economic times of Covid-19, it was more important than ever that crew from labour-providing nations like Ukraine to be paid in order to send back wages to their loved ones at home, said Nataliya Yefrimenko, ITF Inspector based in Ukraine.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Seafarers like those aboard the Srakane have left their families and homes for months at sea with the promise by their employers that they would be paid regularly and repatriated when their contracts finished. Now it is clear that their employer is breaking their obligations, and that will be having a large impact on families back home who rely on those wages. There is no welfare state to fall back on – families need these incomes,” said Yefrimenko.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>With the Panamanian-flagged ship’s owner unable to pay the wages owed to the crew or cover the cost of repatriation, the situation was deteriorating for life on board the ship in the São Sebastião Channel. A Brazilian news outlet <a href="">reported</a>:<a href="#_ftn1"><span><span><span><span>[1]</span></span></span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <blockquote> <h5><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span>With the tense atmosphere on board, workers also complain about the ship's captain, a Croatian national, of constantly threatening them not to report.</span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></h5> <h5><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span>There was criticism of the lack of supplies on board, as the ship was at anchor for almost a month at the port of Salvador in Bahia, awaiting instructions to proceed to the next destination.<br /> <br /> A request for help from a crew member (Chief Officer) was made to the Brazilian authorities claiming to have been attacked by the ship's captain. Subsequently, the crew made another cry for help, this time claiming that the supply of water and food would be running out.</span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></h5> <h5><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span>The situation of the crew is considered serious, requiring humanitarian aid …there is a risk of strike or riot on board.</span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></h5> </blockquote> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Following reports such as these and complaints from the crew, Brazilian labour authorities acted, boarding the ship and ensuring the charterer, Seachios Ltd, provided fresh water and food to the crew. The authorities also made sure crew received medical and dental assistance. With their immediate welfare needs met, the crew’s attention has turned to recovering their wages and returning home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>ITF Inspector Renialdo De Freitas, who lives a four-hour drive from where the ship is anchored, said when the owner did not fulfil his obligations to pay back the wages by the deadline the ITF had given, the organisation pushed for detention.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>As a result of the ITF’s action, a Brazilian Federal Labour Prosecutor began proceedings against the ship’s manager in the São Sebastião Regional Labour Court, requesting the ship be detained until the outstanding wages were paid.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>As authorities began to mount a case against the various owners, managers and charterers of the ship, ITF support has be critical. De Freitas has been assisting the prosecutor with details of the case via videoconference, while working on other angles to see the crew’s wages paid.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>While it seems increasingly unlikely that the ship’s owner will pay the wages owed to the crew, the prosecutor has started processes that could see the wages recovered from Seachios Ltd, the company which negotiated the charter of the ship to Brazil. Through this method, Seachios Ltd would be responsible of collecting the money from the investors to pay the outstanding salaries and repatriations.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“In an encouraging sign, Seachios Ltd accepted the prosecutor’s proposal. We hope that this solution can be sorted by the end of the week through either method,” ITF Inspector Renialdo De Freitas said.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“The ship is registered with the Hanseatic P&amp;I club as the financial security provider. I am working with the crew in claiming abandonment, maintenance, repatriation and the payment of back wages. We are trying every avenue to get these seafarers their wages and tickets home to Europe,”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Covid-19 has meant disrupted trade routes and made it even more likely some companies will not survive this pandemic. For crew, that could make it much more difficult to recover their unpaid wages. I hope for a good outcome for the crew of the Srakane,” said de Freitas.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="//B1E16C70-1707-4471-A54E-04241514EAD0#_ftnref1"><span><span><span><span><span>[1]</span></span></span></span></span></a> <span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">The original report has been translated by the ITF into English for the purposes of this article. No responsibility is taken for unintended errors.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></em></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid" hreflang="en">covid</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/inspectors" hreflang="en">inspectors</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--28" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194819&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="iYHe9dPmqCeQIcQknzJw8RicTKTD2L5EwQCCqgNZ5k0"></drupal-render-placeholder> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Thu, 02 Jul 2020 05:29:42 +0000 Rory_M 194819 at Fishers failure has Ireland put on exploitation watch list <span class="field-title">Fishers failure has Ireland put on exploitation watch list</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Webimage_TIP2%20copy.png?itok=9vgguRq9" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Thu, 07/02/2020 - 05:51</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IE" xml:lang="EN-IE">The government of the Republic of Ireland has been put on the </span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">United States Department of State</span><span lang="EN-IE" xml:lang="EN-IE">’s ‘Tier 2 Watch List’ in the agency’s annual </span><a href=""><em>Trafficking In Persons</em></a><span lang="EN-IE" xml:lang="EN-IE"> report over Ireland’s failure to protect vulnerable workers such as fishers and those in the sex industry.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IE" xml:lang="EN-IE">In the recently released 2020 version of the report, the State Department found that the Irish government’s failure to obtain any prosecutions against traffickers in the last year which has “weakened deterrence, contributed to impunity for traffickers, and undermined efforts to support victims to testify”.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IE" xml:lang="EN-IE">Having fallen from Tier 1 to Tier 2 first in 2018, Ireland’s efforts to stop exploitation and human trafficking are getting worse with </span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">systematic deficiencies to eliminate the scourge of human trafficking in the country.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IE" xml:lang="EN-IE">The Republic is now sitting on the Tier 2 Watch List, alongside other countries where the State Department notes high or increasing levels of trafficking activity where governments are not taking the appropriate measures to combat the trade</span><span>. Ireland is currently the only country in Western Europe on the Tier 2 Watch List.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IE" xml:lang="EN-IE">Ken Fleming, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) coordinator for Ireland and Britain, said that while deficiencies in victim identification, referral and assistance had all been identified to the Irish government by the ITF and other NGOs in the last twelve months, the Irish government had still failed </span><span>to </span><span lang="EN-IE" xml:lang="EN-IE">protect fishers and other vulnerable workers from trafficking and gross exploitation.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IE" xml:lang="EN-IE">“The Irish Government and the politicians who have run it on all sides should be ashamed of what their negligence has done to Ireland’s reputation. Being put on State Department’s ‘Tier 2 Watch List’ after sliding from Tier 1 two years ago shows they are quite content to allow trafficking and exploitation to become endemic. These are real people we’re talking about – men, women and children,” said Fleming.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IE" xml:lang="EN-IE">“We are concerned about both monitoring and enforcement. The number of suspected victims identified by the State has been falling in recent years, from 64 in 2018 and 57 in 2019, to 42 this year.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IE" xml:lang="EN-IE">“Where the government has bothered to find victims, the only substantial amounts secured in underpayments for these workers was thanks to the ITF. Last year we won €137,000 (USD 153,930) in restitution to eight trafficking victims for lost wages, before the Irish Labour Relations Commission.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IE" xml:lang="EN-IE">“The Irish government has allowed whole sectors of the economy to develop a low-wage model that can only be sustained by bringing in vulnerable workers from Asia and Africa. By their inaction, the State is allowing unscrupulous employers to regard these workers as totally expendable, as people they can hire and fire with impunity because of the inability or unwillingness of state agencies to uphold the law.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IE" xml:lang="EN-IE">“If Ireland wishes to avoid further tarnishing its international reputation, it must immediately work with unions to grow its monitoring and enforcement mechanisms against the trade in human misery currently taking place under its very nose,” concluded Fleming.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IE" xml:lang="EN-IE"><strong>Media contact: </strong>media[at]</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Note: </strong>Ken </span><span lang="EN-IE" xml:lang="EN-IE">Fleming is available for media interviews.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IE" xml:lang="EN-IE"><em>Image credit: Louis Vest 2012, adapted under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 2.0)</em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/ireland" hreflang="en">ireland</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--29" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194820&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="flMNdM-co9WjTQwTA-6Q5HOApFNgWICg_WoyunsvZMc"></drupal-render-placeholder> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Thu, 02 Jul 2020 04:51:47 +0000 Rory_M 194820 at Governments must protect trapped seafarers' human rights <span class="field-title">Governments must protect trapped seafarers&#039; human rights</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Webimage_Legal%20View2c.png?itok=xu2eWt7O" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Wed, 07/01/2020 - 02:52</span> <div class="field-body"><p>As the Covid-19 pandemic and the travel restrictions put in place to attempt containment drag on, around 200,000 merchant seafarers are trapped aboard ships in violation of international law. Each month, the 100,000 seafarers due to be relieved of their duties on board the ships transporting 90 per cent of the world’s goods, are being abandoned by the international community. Many have now been on board without access to shore leave for months beyond their original contracts. This not only contravenes international maritime regulations in place to protect the life, health and welfare of seafarers and avert environmental disaster, but amounts to an egregious mass breach of human rights raising concerns over the forced labour of this invisible workforce.</p> <p>Industry bodies, including the <a href="">International Chamber of Shipping</a> (ICS) and <a href="">Joint Negotiating Group</a>, as well as the <a href="">UN Secretary General</a>, the <a href="">ILO</a> and <a href="">IMO</a> are in agreement with the <a href="">International Transport Workers’ Federation</a>, and supported by <a href="">Pope Francis, </a>that at the end of their contracts, seafarers are fatigued physically and/or mentally and not fit to safely perform their duties. Repatriation and replacement is the only responsible course of action.</p> <p>In May in the context of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, a <a href=";LangID=E">group of UN Special Rapporteurs</a> noted that “forcing vulnerable workers with little choice but to endure conditions that put them at risk, including by dismantling previously established labour rights, can constitute a form of forced labour according to the ILO”.</p> <p>Established labour rights of seafarers under the <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=&amp;ved=2ahUKEwjB9uWSqZfqAhWLShUIHc9bCGwQFjAAegQIARAB&amp;;usg=AOvVaw1ZOKc8FE0nb2s78CPYeAZn">Maritime Labour Convention</a>(MLC), often referred to as the ‘Seafarers’ Bill of Rights’, include the right to shore and annual leave for the benefit of their health and wellbeing and to be repatriated after a maximum period of service of 11 months (one year less one month’s compulsory leave; see A2.4.3; A2.5.1 paragraph 2(b)). If a ship owner fails to make these arrangements, the flag state shall arrange for repatriation; a port state or a labour supplying state <em>may</em> repatriate and claim reimbursement from the flag state; but in any case, a port state shall <em>facilitate</em> repatriation (A2.5.1, paragraphs 5(a), 7). Despite these state duties to take positive action to fulfil these rights, governments are strictly denying territorial access or transit, and abandoning seafarers.</p> <p>It is of note that agreement to waive annual leave is expressly prohibited in the MLC, <em>except in specific limited cases</em>: a seafarer is generally unable to consent to renounce these rights even where they are paid in lieu of leave. This is due to <a href="">the fundamental importance of paid annual leave to protect the health and wellbeing of seafarers and to prevent fatigue</a>; but also the particular isolation of seafarers, corresponding susceptibility to coercion, and the vigilance necessary to prevent abuse and exploitation once on-board. In its March 2020 <a href="">joint statement</a>, the ILO Special Tripartite Committee (STC) of the MLC noted that the inherent stress, isolation and social pressures of the seafarer experience are clearly exacerbated by Covid-19, which is having an adverse impact on mental and physical health and wellbeing. According to the UN Special Rapporteurs, depriving these already vulnerable workers of choices in a situation of increased risks could already indicate forced labour.</p> <p>Further, <a href="">ILO Convention 29</a> defines forced labour as “all work or service which is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty and for which the said person has not offered himself voluntarily.” The menace of a penalty can entail a wide range of acts, from physical violence to psychological coercion to retention of papers, among others. Here, seafarers are being told that they will be abandoned in a foreign port without the possibility of repatriation if they do not agree to a contract extension. In not signing, seafarers face the additional risk of loss of future job prospects. These significant risks constitute a clear penalty for the purposes of Convention 29. Further, wherever consent to work is given under the threat of a penalty there can be no voluntary offer. Seafarers are being given no effective choice but to sign the contract extension.</p> <p>Moreover, even if a seafarer initially consented, it may still be considered forced labour if they cannot withdraw their consent without fear of suffering a penalty. Further, the initial consent may be rendered null where the voluntary nature of an offer is negated by subsequent events, such as the going back on a promise to repatriate on a specified date.</p> <p>Abusing this vulnerability in recruiting seafarers to extend their contracts <a href="">for up to 17 months</a> at sea, coupled with their precarious legal situation and inevitable dependency on their employer in situ could also give rise to a situation of <a href="">human trafficking</a> for the purpose of labour exploitation. Where trafficking is found, consent is irrelevant. Under the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (the “Palermo Protocol”), trafficking can include the “<em>recruitment</em>,…[or] <em>harbouring</em>of persons…by means of the abuse of power or of a <em>position of vulnerability</em>…for the purpose of exploitation…[including] forced labour”. In these terms, the potential gravity and risk of exploitation of seafarers can be fully appreciated.</p> <p>Without denying the accepted agency, influence and responsibility of business actors throughout supply chains, in this very particular current impasse, employers hiring the seafarers are effectively powerless to arrange crew changes without concerted, bona fide state cooperation. Flag, port and labour supplying states are breaching their international human rights duty to <em>protect</em>(in addition to their duty to help fulfil the right to repatriation) where they fail to take appropriate steps to prevent effective forced labour.</p> <p>In particular, according to the <a href="">2014 ILO Protocol</a> to Convention 29, states, including prominent member flag states such as Panama, “shall <em>cooperate with each other</em> to ensure the prevention and elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour”. The Palermo Protocol also requires cooperation between states in the fight against trafficking. The International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights demands international assistance and cooperation in realizing the rights to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, and just and favourable working conditions, among others. More broadly, the MLC requires, and repeatedly emphasises the need for, states to cooperate to achieve implementation and enforcement of the set of seafarers’ rights enshrined therein (particularly relevant in this context is Article I.2 and Guidelines B1.4.1.3 and B2.5.2).</p> <p>States are required not only to respect and fulfil human rights through their bodies, machinery and agents, but to actively protect against abuses committed by third parties, including employers. These duties are engaged wherever abuses may be committed within its territory or jurisdiction. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) confirm that states are in breach where they fail to take effective steps through policy and regulation to prevent abuses before they occur. States must also <a href="">“review whether [the] laws provide the necessary coverage in the light of evolving circumstances and whether, together with relevant policies, they provide an environment conducive to business respect for human rights.” </a> As noted by the <a href=";LangID=E">UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights</a>, the state duty to protect human rights applies both under normal circumstances and in <em>times of crisis</em>.</p> <p>Flag states are ultimately responsible for protecting seafarers under their jurisdiction from forced labour. Unfortunately, the majority of the world’s vessels are registered under flags of convenience (FOCs) as they generally have a more relaxed approach to regulation, including lower labour standards. Many FOCs have a poor record when it comes to meeting their obligations to crew members under international and domestic laws.</p> <p>Many flag states claim that the pandemic renders compliance with some state obligations materially impossible, excusing failures under the generally accepted definition of <em>force majeure</em> in the International Law Commission’s Articles on the <a href="">Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts</a>. Though the <a href="">ILO</a> sensibly called for a pragmatic approach to enable seafarers to extend their contracts where necessary, this was set within a primary appeal for swift and smooth crew changes, limited to a “reasonable [extension] period”, and conditional on the “fundamental requirement…in all cases” of the seafarer’s free consent in conditions that allow a review and the seeking of advice. The above limits on a seafarer’s ability, in ordinary circumstances, to consent while at sea, cast serious doubt on the ability to consent in this predicament.</p> <p>Furthermore, the very high threshold for material impossibility cannot be made out against the backdrop of other government action, both political and financial, either unilateral or in concert with other governments to secure the repatriation of its own or other state’s non-seafarer citizens. The fact that the same level of diplomatic pressure has not been applied to secure crew repatriations demonstrates that further material steps could, and should, be taken to avoid or mitigate the current situation and its consequences. Over the course of the pandemic, and with increasing regularity as restrictions have eased in recent weeks, several governments and companies have used chartered and commercial flights to repatriate their citizens and, in a small handful of cases, this has included seafarers. It is, therefore, clear that it is not impossible to facilitate international travel for seafarers. As travel restrictions ease further, this excuse becomes increasingly untenable.</p> <p>Finally, under the MLC, for example, derogations or exemptions by governments must be decided in consultation with the social partners, with any determinations made reported to the ILO. Without this vital protection, it should be assumed in the first instance that the relevant government intends to comply with all of its obligations under the Convention.  Unless flag states have expressly derogated from treaty obligations, it is untenable that they be able to enjoy a blanket <em>force majeure</em> defence. Moreover, as an element of modern slavery, forced labour in breach of one of the eight fundamental conventions of the ILO must be considered a serious breach of peremptory norms, for which there is no defence nor derogation.</p> <p>Flag, port and labour supplying states must urgently and publicly commit to implement the industry’s <a href="">Recommended Framework of Protocols for Ensuring Safe Ship Crew Changes and Travel During the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic</a>, ease travel restrictions for these “key workers”, and facilitate the safe passage of seafarers home via their sea and air ports. All states must engage their influence through all diplomatic channels to secure the same pledge from other states and coordinate action with their relevant ministries and agencies, in order to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of seafarers during this crisis.</p> <p>Until such a time, even without an imminent possibility for disembarkation, seafarers have every right to refuse further contract extensions, and remain on-board as passengers until their right to repatriation is granted. Seafarers are not expendable. Their labour cannot be used to plug the failures of the international community to facilitate crew change nor can they be compelled to sacrifice their own rights to health, safety, family life and to be free from forced labour for the sake of global supply chains. <a href="">Enough is enough</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>By Ruwan Subasinghe, Helen Breese and Jonathan Warring for <em>Business and Human Rights Journal </em>blog.</strong><br /> <br /> <em>Ruwan Subasinghe is the Legal Director of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), Helen Breese is Legal Assistant at the ITF, and Jonathan Warring is Senior Legal Assistant at the ITF.</em></p> <p><br /> <strong>Note: This article first appeared in the <em>Business and Human Rights Journal </em>blog as 'Seafarers Trapped Serving Global Supply Chains amounts to Egregious Abuse of Human Rights: States must fulfil their Duty to Protect' and is available on CambridgeCore, <a href="">here</a>.</strong></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid" hreflang="en">covid</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--30" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194817&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="iBH0o0MhKmjs8ZOvKlz1lI23UmNw_GwXng-Uu4HwOrU"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53726" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53726 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53726" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1593889422"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Ekta Kaur</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>I am influenced by the course by which you have cleared up things in this This post is to a dispersing degree stunning and I am imagining gotten a few data around a widely focal bit of your posts.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53726&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="wp3gC1xVOYn6SScE94bueexbK5nBFyexs3vGNqnYdY4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53727" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53727 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53727" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1593889649"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">sanjana singh</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>This knowledge. 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The pandemic has exacerbated the abus</span></span><span><span>e, and this</span></span> <span><span>explosive</span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span> investigation has exposed the pandemic of exploitation occurring on European roads,</span></span><span><span>”</span></span><span><span> said Cotton.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>“Alarmingly, human trafficking </span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>is a growing problem in the industry</span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>, and we’ve documented multiple cases where drivers <span>from outside the EU have been trafficked into </span>Eastern European countries, sign contracts at the bottom of complex subcontracting chains, and are then forced to work almost exclusively in Western Europe with little pay, false documentation and with no way out.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>“These drivers are moving essential supplies; the food we eat, the medicines that right we now desperately need, the clothes we wear and the goods produced by some of the biggest companies in the world. European governments and multinational companies can no longer turn a blind eye to this exploitation,” said Cotton.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <div class="embed-media embed-media--video-youtube"> <iframe width=" 480" height="270" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe> </div> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>The investigation has revealed that transport companies are exploiting the lack of checks and controls by enforcement authorities during the pandemic.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>Interviews with drivers have </span></span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>uncovered </span></span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>the exploitative practices commonplace in the industry and additional abuses that drivers have faced as a result of the </span></span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>Covid-19 crisis</span></span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>, including:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul type="disc"> <li><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Drivers from Ukraine, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Turkey, the Philippines and other <strong>non-EU countries</strong> being employed on <strong>Eastern European contracts</strong> despite almost exclusively working in Western Europe.</span></span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Drivers being forced to sign <strong>contracts in languages they cannot read</strong>.</span></span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Drivers being <strong>paid</strong> average fixed salaries of around <strong>€100-600 per month</strong>.</span></span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Employers <strong>moving groups of drivers by minibus</strong> to Western Europe to begin work.</span></span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Drivers being forced to <strong>rest, sleep, eat and live in their vehicles</strong> for months.  </span></span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Drivers being supplied with <strong>false documentation </strong>about their employment status.</span></span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Drivers being threatened with <strong>violence and financial penalties</strong> for alerting authorities about about driving and resting times, safety, pay and other issues.</span></span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Multinational customers and transport companies <strong>exploiting the Covid-19 crisis to reduce transport prices and driver pay</strong>.</span></span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Drivers being provided with <strong>little or no personal protective equipment</strong> (PPE).</span></span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Exemptions to driving and resting time regulations have led to <strong>employers coercing drivers to work more dangerous hours</strong>.</span></span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Drivers being forced to stay in their vehicles with <strong>no access to clean water, functioning toilets or sanitation facilities</strong>.</span></span></li> <li><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Drivers are <strong>not receiving sick pay</strong>. </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The report’s lead investigator </span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Edwin Atema from FNV-VNB today condemned <span>companies who are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to abuse drivers’ human rights, including labour rights, and urged g</span></span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>overnments, multinational companies and trucking companies </span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>to </span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>protect drivers</span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>“What we have to remember is that truck drivers move the European economy, they move 75 percent of inland freight in the EU, and are essential for our </span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>survival and recovery </span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>post-coronavirus</span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>. </span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Supply chains are only as strong as their weakest link and this exploitation is unsustainable,” said Atema.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>“Families are driving on highways alongside 40-tonne trucks driven by drivers that have not rested properly, are being forced to work excessive hours, are ill, or are victims of human trafficking. The roads of Europe are not safe. This exploitation must end now,” he said</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>IUF General Secretary Sue Longley said: “Health and safety in the food and drink supply chain is a life and death issue for everyone, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. The findings of this report show that no multinational can guarantee that their transport supply chains are free from exploitation, which means they cannot guarantee that product is being safely transported. I call on all multinationals in the food and drink industry to work with the IUF, ITF and FNV-VNB to ensure they provide consumers across Europe with product that has been transported in a supply chain that guarantees safety and workers' rights.<strong>”</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>ITF </span></span><span><span>Inland Transport Secretary, Noel Coard, called on transport companies and their customers including major multinationals to act and end the exploitation exposed in the investigation.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>“Instead of respecting these drivers, multinational companies are unaware or uninterested of what really happens in their subcontracted transport. Many multinational customers demand cheaper prices, and trucking companies offer cheaper wages with the result that drivers are exploited and road safety put at risk. This has to end,” said Coard.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>“There is not one multinational transporting goods in the EU that can guarantee that these issues are not in in their supply chain, so our message to transport </span></span><span><span>companies and their customers is simple: either you are part of the solution which we welcome, or part of the problem, and in that case we will hold you accountable,” concluded Coard.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>END </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span>CONTACT:</span></span></strong><br /> <br /> <span><span>VNB: Edwin Atema,  Lead Investigator, +31 6 51610350 or <a href=""></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>ITF: Luke Menzies, ITF Communications Director, on </span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>+61 433 889 844</span></span><span><span> or <a href=""></a>            </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span>NOTES FOR EDITORS:</span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Download “</span></span><em><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Pandemic of exploitation in European trucking</span></span></em><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>” report (PDF): </span></span><span><span><a href=""></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Watch “</span></span><span><span>The pandemic in road transport” documentary here: <a href=""></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>About the ITF</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>: The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) is a democratic global union federation of nearly 700 transport workers trade unions representing around 20 million workers in 150 countries. The ITF works to improve the lives of transport workers globally, encouraging and organising international solidarity among its network of affiliates. The ITF represents the interests of transport workers' unions in bodies that take decisions affecting jobs, employment conditions and safety in the transport industry.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span>About FNV-VNB: </span></span></strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>The VNB foundation is established 26 years ago by Dutch Union FNV. VNB have the task to research supply chains and transport companies with the goal of enforcing labour rights.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>About the IUF:</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF) is an international federation of trade unions representing workers employed in agriculture and plantations; the preparation and manufacture of food and beverages; hotels, restaurants and catering services; all stages of tobacco processing. The IUF is composed of 427 affiliated trade unions in 127 countries representing over 10 million workers.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--31" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194809&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="R-GASoITby1StJQkCt-1QVAFRXuc1YuXkeeNfZ5eaiU"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53489" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53489 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53489" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1593097070"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Mate</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>For sure, little does ITF understand that shipowners exploit Covid to do nothing in respect of crew changes</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53489&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="_kuhpcwHMYqi0s39WNDs8PpAyynq9zmgdUgdNWTCO0E"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </section> Thu, 25 Jun 2020 13:55:04 +0000 barton_linda 194809 at Their story: the hunger striking seafarers at Tilbury trying to get home <span class="field-title">Their story: the hunger striking seafarers at Tilbury trying to get home</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Tilbury%20web%20image_0.png?itok=YXL6VPfk" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Thu, 06/25/2020 - 13:07</span> <div class="field-field_image_caption">The ITF has been assisting stranded crew at Tilbury and Bristol</div> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Four months without pay and 48 hours without food, 47 seafarers off the coast of the UK are desperate to get home to their families.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">The mainly Indian </span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">crew are from the passenger vessel Astoria<em>. </em>They<em> </em>began a hunger strike demanding the wages owed to them and repatriation home in mid-June, after weeks of pleas to their employer proved fruitless.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">When the hunger strike began, things moved quickly. The chief executive of </span><span>Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV), which runs the Astoria, </span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">gave the crew assurances to meet their demands.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Subsequently, UK port state control boarded and detained the vessel, </span><span>suspecting breaches under the Maritime Labour Convention. The Maritime Coastguard Agency </span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">boarded and detained the Astoria and four other CMV ships at </span><span>London Tilbury and Bristol Avonmouth. Authorities were alerted to and took action before </span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">the company </span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">could direct the Astoria to its home port in Portugal</span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">, where prospects would be slim for repatriation to the seafarers’ home countries.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">Worldwide, the 47 striking crew count among the more than 200,000 seafarers trapped on vessels unable to return home during the Covid-19 pandemic. The broader group stranded at Tilbury and Bristol on the Astor, Astoria, Columbus, Magellan, Vasco da Gama and Marco Polo vessels number 1,449 seafarers in total. There are nationals from Indonesia, India, Myanmar and the Mauritius amongst them<em>.</em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <img alt="Astoria_CMV" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="abd31611-cf3b-4f4f-b34b-4d1fc1031657" height="383" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Astoria__0.jpg" width="576" class="align-center" /> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">The lack of ability to get off and get home due to the crew change crisis has been made worse by CMV failing to pay wages and communicate with the stranded crew about why. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">One crew member, Arjuna (not his real name), who took part in the hunger strike, spoke of how crew wages stopped as soon as the pandemic started. CMV was forced to abort its world tour, when the ships were in Indonesia in early March. It was at that time that ‘home allotments’, the portion of seafarers’ wage that is sent to their family, also stopped.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">Arjuna’s wife is back home in India. She is a graduate engineer, but out of work. Arjuna’s wife lives with his mother, who earns some money as a housemaid. They’re wondering when he will get home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">Like many seafarers, </span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">Arjuna has been the family breadwinner. He’s been so since an early age, having his father die when he was only four. To support his family, Arjuna trained and worked in hotels before going to sea in 2007.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA">"</span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">I am worried about my family,” he said, </span><span lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA">“</span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">I</span><span lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA">’</span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">m worried when I go back home there will be no jobs. But if the company pays me all my wages, we have money enough to get by for five, or six months.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">Arjuna says many of his shipmates are worse off than he is. “Some have big loans to pay, some can</span><span lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA">’</span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">t afford medication for their family, he said.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">So who are the crew at the centre of this story? What are their concerns, and for how long have they been fighting?</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">Correspondence forwarded to the International Transport Workers</span><span lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA">’ </span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">Federation shows how their pleas ignored by the company led them to desperation. In early June, one of the crew wrote: </span><span lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA">“</span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">We are desperately in need of financial support… We are very worried about our families who are depending mostly on us (for) our loan dues, children’s’ education and medical expenses.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">In that correspondence, the company provided no explanation of why crew wages had stopped being paid, raising concerns the cruise line could be in financial trouble. The crew from the Astoria<em> </em>read reports in the media that the ship</span><span lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA">’</span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">s operator, CMV, failed to secure a £25 million loan from Barclays bank last week. Arjuna suspects the company is using their wages to stay afloat.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">Writing from aboard the ship, a crew member said “Most of us have finished our contract and our salary has been kept on hold. For what ... and why? All we get to hear is they are trying,” the crew wrote. </span><span lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA">“</span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">Our concern is that it</span><span lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA">’</span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">s been over 90 days. What</span><span lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA">’</span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">s taking so long?  We really don</span><span lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA">’</span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">t know if company is actually trying to repatriate us.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">The urgency driving the crew’s concerns is not only about the need to get home, unpaid wages and a lack of communication. Life stranded at sea is having taking its toll on their physical and mental wellbeing. A man in his forties, the first cook, died of a heart attack. Some crew have been running out of medication onboard. One crew member even attempted to take his life. His shipmates say they are worried that there will be more.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">Increasingly concerned and desperate for answers, the<em> </em>Astoria’s crew opened Gmail and Twitter accounts and posted a video on Youtube.</span> <span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">They made a direct plea to both the Indian and British prime ministers via Twitter: “Hear our Voices... We need help before we have more deaths Onboard. Save lifes. Help us get home safe to our families,” they wrote.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <a href=""><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3dfb6bf0-0f59-464a-9df0-2334815716be" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/uk-england-essex-53110744_0.png" class="align-center" /></a> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">When the crew’s appeal hit the digital airwaves, their voice carried far. The Guardian, the BBC, and Sky rushed to cover the unfolding hunger strike. What was the story these stranded seafarers wanted to tell? And how was CMV going to fix it?</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">Publicly, CMV’s management made assurances the company was working with British and Indian authorities to arrange a charter plane to take them home. All wages would be paid, they assured the crew. They said border lockdowns due to the Covid-19 pandemic made things difficult to get them home. But how hard had they been trying? And the unpaid wages would be paid when, exactly?</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA">“</span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">It is the COMPANY [his emphasis] bringing you back home, however we need your government</span><span lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA">’</span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">s landing permit for the airlines. I understand that this shall happen now,” a CMV manager wrote in emails to crew forwarded to the ITF.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">Crew are sceptical. Especially about the money the company owes them. Arjuna said it is his family that he worries about most. They are running out of savings since the home allotments stopped.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA">“</span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">If I knew money was reaching my family, I would have no problem staying a bit longer on the ship, while they find us flights home,” Arjuna said.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">The ITF has been speaking with the Astoria crew for some weeks now, who are mostly represented by Italian ITF affiliate FIT-CISL. Together, the ITF and FIT-CISL has been working behind the scenes with the company and the embassies of the seafarers’ home countries to make a plan to get them home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">ITF Inspector Liam Wilson boarded the Astoria, and its sister ships </span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">after they were detained, to check on the crew and link them with support services. Liam is being supported by ITF Inspectorate Coordination Supervisor Finlay Mcintosh, who has also been speaking to crew.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">“Tensions are rising,” the ITF’s Mcintosh said. </span><span lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA">“</span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">If there is no action or undertaking from the company to at least pay some of the owed wages, then this situation could escalate very quickly and spread to other vessels. Then we are looking at thousands of </span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>seafarers taking action in the </span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">port of Tilbury, London, UK and the crew members rightly will get a lot of support from other workers, community and media.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA">“</span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">Obviously the crew are all desperate to leave and return to their families,” Mcintosh said.  “But they say that they will take further action if the company does not comply to their contractual obligations. We’re here to support them doing what they think is right to get paid, get off and get home to their families. We’re here all the way,” he said.<br /> <br /> The Astoria crew are now in dialogue with CMV’s chief executive. The five detained vessels have been brought alongside at the Tilbury passenger terminal, but crew won’t get off until </span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">they receive all their owed wages. Staying on board the multi-million dollar vessel is some of most important leverage they have. And they could yet go on hunger strike again. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid" hreflang="en">covid</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--32" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194806&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="WH_-kowNv1r07utoaaCwGCFNDUI4dCfqedZZfBshe1I"></drupal-render-placeholder> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Thu, 25 Jun 2020 12:07:45 +0000 Rory_M 194806 at ITF Statement on ‘Day of the Seafarer’ 2020 <span class="field-title">ITF Statement on ‘Day of the Seafarer’ 2020</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Web%20image.png?itok=QBVqRURU" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Thu, 06/25/2020 - 09:00</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><strong>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</strong><br /> <br /> 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.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">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. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">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.<br /> <br /> Seafarers are tired, fatigued and in many instances pushed beyond their physical and mental limits.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">The crew change crisis is a humanitarian disaster.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">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.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">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.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid" hreflang="en">covid</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--33" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194802&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="vmzEhQ7YldrjyWuFb3F1I1tGApXRMBmoD_lBkaSDvqQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53473" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53473 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53473" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1593079646"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Dennis C. Balinas</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Thank you ITF for recognizing the value of all seafarers around the world.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53473&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="GS0FYHyqAiiSlJ5VJP4feHev02YctLAzCSKdOIHEQcA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53476" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53476 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53476" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1593080577"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/53473#comment-53473" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Dennis C. Balinas</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Alberes</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>I really hope that you are sarcastic.....</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53476&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="qfDoUP12956ps1kSOXgUhokEtTG3MMUb74NZLRrVzX0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53478" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53478 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53478" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1593081035"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/53476#comment-53476" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Alberes</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Jimbo</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>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.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53478&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="xUJ7_Jei6g6HEXDJoEwP0K_XgOWDZR0v3k4FJM4XCBM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div></div> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53474" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53474 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53474" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1593080302"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Juan Luis Villalon</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>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.<br /> 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.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53474&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="gbQWUcJl9qQfmz9StumJZPkZ7kM0FEFgprMD97zDTOc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53477" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53477 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53477" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1593080916"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Billy s</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>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</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53477&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="H8Z7W13mQ_e96mFVgBeKPydED9E0G8qDqEyv8aFuzS8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53481" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53481 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53481" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1593082246"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Wilfred B.</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Travelling to london now,,hoping for crew change ..14 MONTHS Onboard..😢 ..please ITF</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53481&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="YLoGtcC8vSvDTyQMWmEy9a8wneUkM1aNHjQkoOJebSY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53484" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53484 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53484" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1593084969"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Wind Jammer</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>The most challenging times for all seafarers. Keep up the good job ITF and PSC. Hope this mess will someday be blown and gone.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53484&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="sSkWj2TZ5Nzw8S_vkOyt5qlj8erwLzVFrBSHYXtrymI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53488" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53488 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53488" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1593095604"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Joy</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Well said,, Thank you!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53488&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="jtgQfQcDcACCt__MGKWpnjgmFx5W93shUO-nD9ZjTWY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53497" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53497 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53497" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1593111006"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Engineer</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>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!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53497&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="3aHNFTUTT4OxH8Me0uNn8sepjeCamqQ1mLu4rrZRq_I"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53498" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53498 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53498" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1593111509"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Mate</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Dear ITF! Do you know that your website is simply blocked and unreachable in China?</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53498&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="SYY9YW_rqdIhpE17zxoajGDyxJgwKYdd2W2Yg3I1BtM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53514" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53514 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53514" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1593147037"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Hussein Faki darir</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>يجب العمل على الحفاظ على حقوق البحارة</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53514&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="um6W-_nOGiYL4IMUMIRjbftJgx3MrS8HW66uoQbUYsQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53536" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53536 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53536" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1593174152"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">NASAR KHAN</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>we're waiting</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53536&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="-hBsJ7ezPy4mw0Hek9u_Myf1p59-Kr1K3ENywNSSLsg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53597" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53597 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53597" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1593395062"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Justi</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Bla-bla again...It is clear now that ITF is useless and fake organisation...</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53597&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="3ANXDiUU0JAtAFBgvT45Kkd-60CY9kMANEGFV0wrZZ8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53605" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53605 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53605" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1593409435"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Olvito Matos</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>ITF you are our hope</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53605&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="3iG-arSRH4Bht493l6-Ji_rtgJHVZtVSnn-TV1izObk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53651" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53651 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53651" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1593572502"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Apol </div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>thanks!for atleast We seafarers can see a light from ITF org.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53651&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="PcJtBxCLbdyHP_coa6_350xJDcdsUy3aLJSZC_fs12o"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </section> Thu, 25 Jun 2020 08:00:33 +0000 Rory_M 194802 at Crew Change Crisis: ITF and JNG Joint Statement <span class="field-title">Crew Change Crisis: ITF and JNG Joint Statement</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WebImage_Joint%20Statement.jpeg?itok=7K_14tj1" width="1690" height="953" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Mon, 06/22/2020 - 12:31</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>The ITF and the Joint Negotiating Group, along with the International Chamber of Shipping have worked tirelessly since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic on finding solutions to the issue of crew changes. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>The ITF’s “Enough is enough” campaign is aimed at pushing the various government and authorities to relax crew change restrictions, far from being aimed at JNG and their Members. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>ITF and JNG recognise that, when seafarers have finished their extended contracts, they are fatigued physically and/or mentally and feel that they are not fit to continue to safely perform their duties at the level required of a professional. The responsible action at this point is not to extend their contract and request repatriation. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>This is not an incitement to go on strike! Their contract has finished and, once a ship is safely in harbour, they have the right not to extend. Of course, there will be circumstances where a seafarer is denied disembarkation, due to lack of flights and/or their replacement, but they cannot be compelled to work either.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>The social partners have actively engaged with and received public support from the United Nations Secretary General and other UN agencies, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). We have supported our affiliated unions and our membership in discussions with their national governments and assisted with getting seafarers emergency medical treatment. We have worked together to find solutions to this humanitarian crisis via our affiliated national unions, local members and their agents.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>In addition, we negotiated and agreed twice to an extension of the Seafarers’ Employment Agreements covered under IBF CBAs and an additional 30 days implementation phase to allow governments time to put in place practical solutions for the facilitation of crew changes. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>Along with European sister organisation, the European Transport Workers Federation (ETF), and the European Community Shipowners Association (ECSA), we have lobbied the European Commission to ease visa requirements within Schengen and our affiliates and members have done the same with their governments. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>We arranged a meeting with major flag state authorities, the ILO and IMO to discuss crew change challenges and held meetings with ICAO and IATA to find solutions to the issue of flights.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>We contacted other non-maritime non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and asked for support to help raise awareness around the crew changes issue and use their contacts and influence to lobby governments. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>We have jointly pursued every diplomatic avenue available, but still crew changes remain a major issue. Daily we receive desperate messages from anxious and fatigued crew who are convinced governments, including their own, have forgotten them. However, not once has the ITF publicly called out or put the blame on companies and employers. Still crew changes remain a major issue.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>The <em>Guidance on Your Rights to Crew Change</em> issued by the ITF does not blame JNG. The guidance is made up of extracts from the ILO MLC 2006, as amended. In the early stages of the pandemic, the ILO issued a circular that spoke of <em>force majeure,</em> which at the time when the Covid-19 spread was raging was a necessary decision. Recently the ILO confirmed that <em>force majeure</em> can no longer be used as a blanket excuse for seafarers’ contract extensions, but these must be considered on case-by-case basis. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>Our main concern is that failing to relieve fatigued, stressed and desperate crew, is only inviting accidents or major incidents which will damage the shipping industry and the reputation of those same seafarers who, throughout the pandemic, have professionally and responsibly carried on and continued working in order to keep the world’s global supply chain moving. We understand that the world’s communities are dependent on the goods transported by sea, but our seafarers onboard cannot bear the burden of this responsibility indefinitely. They have done their duty and now they deserve our support. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>We will continue to support companies and use our networks and contacts with both the UN and other agencies and nationally to assist them. We appreciate that this is a difficult time for everyone and we want to work together on finding solutions.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid" hreflang="en">covid</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--34" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194793&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="4VT3Jp_c_E5bbQ7t2lVf0JIifoCk29-BCQ12o0-MUWQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53362" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53362 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53362" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592840885"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Engineer</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Same,same and same.... empty words. Managment continues to tell that there is no possibility to arrange crew change... The flag of vessel is Singapore but I didn't see any action from flag state or SMOU. Where is real support? Why have seafarers lose work by making complaints? Start check owners and management from your side at least! Make strikes or penalties for violation!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53362&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="kexCy6SKh0A1WMQc1iFPzLuwqN-UYP5Lnjy_-d0cg5M"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53366" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53366 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53366" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592849086"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Seaman</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Bla bla bla bla and little bit more of bla bla. You are the only one who actually believe in these empty words. Thank you for your help, hopefully chairs are comfortable enough</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53366&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="bCios5BRtStPdN7YS_LvaOKUFjcVuW62H4N1mmcVTbM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53367" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53367 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53367" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592863820"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">MrX</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Seaman lives matter, yes. looks like no.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53367&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="LyjccLzIM1IfP_wD3eD9ISDpVVQOXbAcnYe2CC7Xidc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53368" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53368 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53368" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592864078"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">MrX</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>I know the exit need to issue task risk assessment and walk free</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53368&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="En-_JAbQRgRcTVV4e8CqfiogMGHV3nt_vcpwKNn6ENw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53370" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53370 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53370" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592873368"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Sitting Bull</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Any update from ITF regarding response from governments to get seafarers under “key worker” status?</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53370&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="m9wxn4Ph9CLQvdPyybaXmV0psK9DW3cCYIE-b_8CNdU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53376" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53376 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53376" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592887621"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Mate</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>What crew can do to repatriation if dont signing contracts? Several crew members working more than 1 year, and signing aditional contracts wich already been expired. Management and owner dont doing anything. 1 crew member more than 60 years old, and his repatriation must be done immediately due to badly conditions of health.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53376&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="W-8j9umZgaSjpUIV2Ww5aeA3mxwLH5G4jDc1MfJYYBQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53380" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53380 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53380" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592892108"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">MrX</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Mby ned to ground few loaded tankers and fired them, for better understanding.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53380&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="c81iQOS2y2zFz7RksudJ554E5NX6mzcn4y2xlrjOmy4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53381" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53381 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53381" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592893227"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Officer</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>There is no point in persuading the seafarers to strike. Not everyone will be ready to risk their job. My company keeps convincing the crew that in next port they will be repatriated. But its just like that next port never comes.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53381&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="HLdHzmrnnSnNyAITsNZ7fON2i5FdkuQgxNt_CFaeDgs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53395" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53395 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53395" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592972887"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">NTBinh</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Đúng là thật sự mệt mỏi khi đã quá hợp đồng mà vẫn chưa được về ! Mình đã quá hợp đồng hơn 2 tháng ở cty Simatech! Khu vực đubai. Mong được về mà công ty vẫn chưa thấy báo người sang thay ! Mình cũng đã xin nghỉ làm được 2 ngày ! 2E Coral star</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53395&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="iN57poqKxeOdthatBsAPwJ1z6IL3Sp4w9j4uQTBgZ3w"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53396" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53396 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53396" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592973156"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">N.T.Binh 2E Coral star</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>My contract overdue 2 months! Giving sign off letter on first week of June ! Waiting for signing off ! Also request for stop working then work free already 2 days ! So tired !!!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53396&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="aynr9jQO8s5CjkRnJHPaUWGxAkOc5E9yYPUgt2813YQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53403" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53403 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53403" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592988016"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Crew stranded near portsmouth UK </div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>hi there there is a group of 25 Nicaraguans and 10 Chinese crew stuck on a expedition ship since April 1 with no pay, terrible food , limited water and suppliers. One staff did try to attempt suicide with overdose. They keep getting told country wont open border but seems like they don't want to pay for expensive flights. I emailed CEO, petition, amnesty international what else can we do? Meanwhile the letter updates saying they are building new ships but what about paying staff and getting them home ? Now talking about going to Las Palamas spain again but they just want to go home. Any suggestions ?</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53403&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="qrvKWvn4NkANDZylHk0YmPdK4wRgEaJnEfJKVwjY3AY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53432" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53432 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53432" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1593014027"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">MASTER </div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Now that we have seen no government is ready to listen to IMO,ITF &amp; other UN bodies, so these bodies have to think in different ways.One way is to liase with safety inspectors detain all or any vessel through PSC inspection in various ports of the world i.e. if any crew found to have exceeded their original contract by 3 months, the ship should be detained; as having crew mentally not ready to continue sailing is very unsafe. I think this has already started by some PSC authorities, but it should spread all over the ports in the world.</p> <p>Second way , in dry bulk sector, to get the commercial operator involved,e.g if the operator is say ,Cargill &amp; the crew from India then ask them to find cargo &amp; fix vessel for the Indian ports, similarly if crew is Filipino then fix vessel and take the ship to Philipines where crew will have the option to get relieved in their own country.This way more and more crew can be relieved in their home countries (flight requirement is not needed).This will be an win win situation for all.</p> <p>Third way, is to divert the ships to nearest port where flight option is available, so that crew change can take place.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53432&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="YVhdxPWRdQny2lE8M-Bv_P1ZwsY2miEfYrI6_QLIeyk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53441" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53441 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53441" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1593050983"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Deck Officer</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>So, actually in the end same news....nothing can be done.<br /> You keep talking about the fact that in countries which governments don.t allow crew change there will be consequences.... please tell us dear itf, imo ics and other organizations in the maritime sector.. What consequences can take place against a country as...lets just say China?<br /> This pandemic was perfect to show the world and especially to the worlds seafarers that what we do and the organizations who are ment to protect us have NO POWER, except the power to play with money. Actually in the end this is the main purpose of sailing: Make money and step on the blood of sailors who committed suicide and on the tears of the families.<br /> All of you talk about the status of key workers.<br /> Why did you wait for the pandemic to start convincing the goverments that we are key workers?<br /> This means before the pandemic we were not key workers?<br /> So seafarers matter only when something bad happens.<br /> Sorry to say this dear sirs but instead of helping the seafarers your organisations only makes more problems in our lives.<br /> The only thing that I wish now, after 5 years in maritime academy, 2 years in masters degree and 12 years out to sea, is to finally go home, and once I arrive home to BURN MY OFFICER ENDORSMENT</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53441&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="_DbIyC72C4SD6Dx0j59LDS25kBf-cUDbqf7drPkP6xs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53461" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53461 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53461" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1593068322"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Mate</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>This statement relieves shipowners. Thank you, ITF, for that. Now, the last party we thought we can rely on is spoiled. Owners free to dance in our nerve.<br /> No real actions made and now, not expected for good.<br /> Goodbye home...</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53461&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="hM0IkvVsQQWwzIpbO37VCbAcjRb0Ly6UKdraxMQKewA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </section> Mon, 22 Jun 2020 11:31:32 +0000 Rory_M 194793 at World’s seafarers welcome Pope Francis’ support at critical time in crew change crisis <span class="field-title">World’s seafarers welcome Pope Francis’ support at critical time in crew change crisis</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Pope_webimage2.png?itok=fwdWxm-s" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Mon, 06/22/2020 - 08:07</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>On Wednesday, Pope Francis released a video statement in which he paid tribute to seafarers and fishers, and acknowledged the difficult challenges they have been forced to endure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>Speaking directly to seafarers and fishers, hundreds of thousands of whom have been stranded at sea with no access to shore leave or crew changes since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis said, “In these past months, your lives and your work have seen significant changes; you have had to make, and are continuing to make, many sacrifices.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>“Long periods spent aboard ships without being able to disembark, separation from families, friends and native countries, fear of infection ...All these things are a heavy burden to bear, now more than ever,” the Pope added. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) applauds Pope Francis for recognising the unsung heroes of this pandemic – seafarers and fishers. These heroes have continued to transport 90% of the world’s cargo, ensuring essential goods and medical supplies reach their final destinations, and continued to fish and supply the world with seafood. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>Despite the vital roles seafarers and fishers are playing during this pandemic, some governments have failed to stand up for these key workers’ basic human rights, particularly to return home at the end of their contracts, as some seafarers have been stranded at sea for as long as 15 months.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>As countries have kept their borders closed thus preventing crew changes for seafarers, this issue has turned into a humanitarian crisis. The desperation of tired and stranded crew is growing. The ITF is receiving a growing number of messages from seafarers. These messages are full of despair, frustration and growing hopelessness due to the unending uncertainty they have been placed in. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>“Pope Francis’ praise and prayers for seafarers and fishers who have been impacted by this pandemic continues to illustrate the gravity of the situation facing these workers. The ITF, along with our social and industry partners, renew our calls for governments to step up to the plate and help facilitate crew changes. The flag states have failed in their responsibility for protecting the human rights of seafarers,” said ITF President Paddy Crumlin.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Governments have neglected their responsibilities in upholding human rights thus far, and the human misery we are seeing across the world’s oceans is the consequence. </span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>For many seafarers of faith, they are looking for leadership from governments, including their own, to open their borders and show compassion in this time of crisis.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Governments now have the opportunity to take heed of the Pontiff’s message by giving seafarers the visa and travel exceptions they need to leave these ships and be relieved by fresh crew,” said Crumlin.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Pope Francis’ statement follows the first summit of transport union leaders, manufacturers and employers at the Vatican in March 2019 hosted by the Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>“</span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Last year the ITF committed to an ongoing dialogue between us, the Catholic Church and faith-based organisations, and more importantly we set a shared vision for promoting human and trade union rights and confronting some of the biggest challenges facing contemporary society including the promotion of social, economic and environmental justice. We look forward to the opportunity to continue this important initiative,” said Crumlin.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>“We can see through the current coronavirus pandemic the scale of the challenges we face, particularly those arising out of this crisis that have the potential to exacerbate existing inequalities especially for women and informal workers. This reinforces the ongoing need for dialogue and cooperation between unions and the church to protect jobs, end exploitation and safeguard trade union rights,” concluded Crumlin.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src=";start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid" hreflang="en">covid</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--35" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194792&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="ci_QlobPhXXS37aFY4yndgZvK_CIQm2ON-Fn2yikMK8"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53364" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53364 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53364" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592841396"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Margaret Masibo </div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Very welcome message at this difficult time in the maritime world.<br /> Thank you Your Holiness</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53364&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="MAOORJRI8hrzGLcH1z6h__yWnPM3efqPHc75JpWNTb4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </section> Mon, 22 Jun 2020 07:07:35 +0000 Rory_M 194792 at North American dockers receive international support in their ongoing fight for racial justice <span class="field-title">North American dockers receive international support in their ongoing fight for racial justice</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/BLM%20Banner%20web.png?itok=r6c5LbX_" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Fri, 06/19/2020 - 11:04</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">A week after ILA and ILWU dockers shut down ports on the east and west coasts of the United States in solidarity with George Floyd and countless other victims of police brutality and racial injustice; our international dockers family is standing with our sisters and brothers of the ILWU and ILWU Canada, as they once again put down their tools to add their industrial muscle to the struggle for racial equality and social justice. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">The ILWU are being joined in protests of solidarity by dockers in Italy, represented by FILT-CGIL, FIT-CISL and </span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">Uiltrasporti</span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"> – and supported by the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF). Once more, the demand is for an end to systematic and institutional racism, police brutality and economic inequality.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">The rallies are being held on June 19th to coincide with Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, in the United States. The day commemorates an address on June 19, 1865, when Union general </span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">Gordon Granger </span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">read orders in Texas that declared all previously enslaved people in Texas to be freed. While the <em>Emancipation Proclamation</em> formally freed slaves more than two and a half years earlier, the reality was that enforcement of the proclamation was not universal across the United States. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Italian dockers from FILT-CGIL, FIT-CISL and </span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">Uiltrasporti,</span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"> who will be participating in the rally, said in a joint statement of support that: “We stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the United States and Canada and call for an end to the racial injustice that we see in the United States and around the world. Unions have a long history of fighting for justice, and we will continue to stand together against all forms of hate, bigotry and injustice not just in ports but in every city and every region.”  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Willie Adams, ILWU International President and ITF Dockers’ First Vice Chair, said: “The ILWU is protesting on June 19th, or Juneteenth, in the spirit of our Union’s founders –– including some who gave their lives in the events of the 1934 </span><span>West Coast Waterfront Strike</span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">. We still live by their creed: ‘an injury to one is an injury to all.’”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">“Juneteenth has long been recognised by the African-American community, but for many others it was unknown until now – as our nation, in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, refocuses on ways to address ongoing, systematic racial justice. Today, thousands of dockers on the west coast and in Italy will stop work to show their commitment to the cause of racial equality and social justice,” added Adams.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">The stop work action is also being supported by unions on the other side of the world. Paddy Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia National Secretary, who is also the ITF President and ITF Dockers Chair, </span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">said:</span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"> “Racism is pervasive and therefore often dismissed or ignored. George Floyd’s murder starkly illuminated a gut-wrenching abuse of institutional power, recorded in daylight, in the most casual of settings as witnesses gathered around pleading for Mr Floyd’s life.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">“His atrocious murder was the spark that has set the world on fire, highlighting racism as the burning question of humanity, and setting the issue of racism and discrimination -  economically, politically and socially – to the fore as the movement for justice gains massive momentum. The ITF and MUA stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the United States, Canada and globally today, we will continue to fight for racial and social justice.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">“Today, and every day, the ITF family says without equivocation: Black Lives Matter. Racial justice matters. Solidarity with our black sisters and brothers matters,” added Crumlin.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">ETF Dockers’ Section chair Terje Samuelsen said: “We are proud to support our brothers and sisters of the ILWU in this fight for social and racial justice, and we stand with Italian dockers in this great show of solidarity. Once again – dockers from all over the world are raising a loud, united voice in defense of human rights and dignity for everyone, and we always will.”</span></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /> <br /> <br />  </p> <img alt="Joint Statement Logos" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="923c73ff-7915-4a0e-a13e-3f7589d85d03" height="207" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Screen%20Shot%202020-06-20%20at%2010.16.19%20AM.png" width="704" class="align-center" /> <p> </p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--36" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Fri, 19 Jun 2020 10:04:12 +0000 Rory_M 194789 at ITF condemns illegal annexation of Palestinian lands <span class="field-title">ITF condemns illegal annexation of Palestinian lands</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/88FFD654-533D-4A2C-BF90-D461BF11E546.jpeg?itok=Z8b7Jxqo" width="1690" height="951" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/20" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">barton_linda</span></span> <span class="field-created">Thu, 06/18/2020 - 14:52</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) fully reject Israel’s plan to annexe Palestinian lands on July 1, and support International Trade Union Confederation’s (ITUC) <a href=""><span>statement</span></a> opposing this illegal annexation. The ITF continues to work closely with the ITUC and join international calls for the Government of Israel to respect international law and the UN resolutions. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>As the ITUC statement says, this move would “disconnect some 200,000 Palestinians from their livelihoods and vital water sources, agricultural lands would be subject to Israeli control and the annexation of illegal settlements around Jerusalem would end prospects of a Palestinian capital in the eastern part of the city.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Transport across the region – and the ability of transport workers to carry out their vital roles –  would be severely impacted. Existing road and street networks would be dislocated, placing huge pressures on road haulage workers and the movement of goods in particular, as well as Palestinians in general. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Earlier this week, </span><a href=";LangID=E">UN experts said</a><span> a move to annex land would violate a cornerstone principle of international law and must be meaningfully opposed by the international community.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>States must exercise their international legal obligations to cooperate to bring this major breach of international law to an end through lawful means and ensure that they do not aid/abet this illegal situation in any way. Further, companies doing business directly or indirectly in the occupied territories now have a heightened duty of care towards Palestinian workers and citizens and must ensure that they comply fully with their corporate responsibility to respect human rights.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>We call on our affiliates to urge their governments to exert pressure on the Israeli Government to abandon its plans.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--37" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194788&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="GGdqgwJKj5Dx3F1jSLvz2gqse7P8Ow7v0QZ3meDaANo"></drupal-render-placeholder> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Thu, 18 Jun 2020 13:52:37 +0000 barton_linda 194788 at Lifting Covid-19 measures early could harm Panama canal workers <span class="field-title">Lifting Covid-19 measures early could harm Panama canal workers</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Web%20Image_Ending%20Covid-19%20restrictions%20prematurely%20could%20stop%20the%20Panama%20Canal%20and%20kill%20its%20workers%20v5v3%20copy.png?itok=dl5tuCUl" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Thu, 06/18/2020 - 01:11</span> <div class="field-field_image_caption">The company’s efforts to scrap the Covid-19 measures agreed with the union come as workers are becoming infected at the canal again</div> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">The world’s busiest canal and the lives of the thousands of workers who keep it running are at risk, </span><span>says ITF affiliate UCOC (Unión de Capitanes y Oficiales de Cubierta). </span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">The </span><span>Panama Canal Administration (ACP) has begun to cut corners on Covid safety measures previously agreed with the union.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The union says the canal authority is relaxing measures in their work areas</span><span>, established to prevent workers from catching the virus and becoming sick, or becoming fatigued through overwork during the pandemic. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>When Panama’s government began introducing Covid protocols in workplaces in March, the canal authority, which is state operated, introduced social distancing and prevention measures for their workers – many of them secured by the union. The company initially wanted twelve-hour shifts </span><span>during seven to ten straight days in </span><span>order to maintain efficiency with fewer workers per shift.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The union pushed back on these demands, ensuring shifts were instead taken on a rotational basis to reduce fatigue for individual workers. Under the agreement, workers only had to do the twelve-hour shifts for three and four days in a row, maximum. ACP’s memorandum of understanding with the union also set out specific social distancing measures and things like minimum days off, special schedules, and the use of docks for tug crew reliefs. UCOC also secured </span><span>lodging and lunch boxes for workers who didn’t want to return home for fear of contracting the virus and infecting their families.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>But the canal authority is now set on undoing the Covid-19 measures agreed with the union. The moves initially mirrored action by the Panamanian government to loosen Covid restrictions in an effort to restart the country’s economy. After cases in the Central American country started rising again and protests broke out by worried citizens, the government started bringing back the restrictions.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>With the country heading back to lockdown, ACP should keep the restrictions agreed with their workforce, says the union. Under the MOU, ACP is supposed to consult with the union on any changes in work schedules and rotations, before going back to regular conditions and any change should be based strictly on the guidelines issued by the Health Ministry. Now that the government is reintroducing restrictions, the union claims ACP has broken its commitment to put workers’ health first and respect all government guidelines contained in the agreement.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The move to water down Covid restrictions despite rising Covid cases in Panama is a high stakes gamble for the canal authority. A spike in infections could see their valuable workforce incapacitated, bringing one of the world’s most important workplaces to a standstill and leaving global supply chains at risk.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>UCOC, through a spokesperson, said “Once again, the Panama Canal workers are at great risk due to ACP's refusal to continue with the joint agreement to protect us and the integrity of the operation. Our work </span><span>from the tugboats</span><span> is essential for canal operations and we cannot allow that our health is put at risk due to ACP's lack of interest in allocating resources for our protection. We are demanding that the special working conditions continue. ”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Edgar Díaz, ITF Americas acting regional secretary reiterated the ITF's commitment to protect the rights of transport workers, who are essential in these times of pandemic: “We are seeing with concern that countries in the region are relaxing the protection measures to reopen their economies, which is causing great risk to transport workers. Governments must maintain strict policies to protect labour rights and health in their economic reopening. In this case, the government of Panama and the ACP must take into account that Canal workers are not disposable and it is essential to respect the protection agreements, since workers have an essential role in canal operations, so vital for global supply chains”. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The company’s efforts to scrap the sensible measures agreed with the union come as workers are becoming infected at the canal again, with an increasing number of positive cases </span><span>in the last week.</span> <span>There have been 21,422 Covid-19 cases in Panama as of 17 June, with over 4,300 of those just in the last seven days. More than 450 Panamanians have died from the virus so far, in a country of four million people.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid" hreflang="en">covid</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--38" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194786&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="xxLTfus7z-ACHRYOCz04a5vnxSTj4c2WgIhUOklNyOs"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53197" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53197 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53197" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592447962"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Seaman</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Send ITF inspector on every single vessel and Port State control for checking all contracts and talking with seamans.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53197&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="Q2Fk-u55RQvA3Z6i7kpDGW7s3W21usOm2f5m8ABM32Y"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </section> Thu, 18 Jun 2020 00:11:57 +0000 Rory_M 194786 at ITF statement on Covid-19 and sustainable transport <span class="field-title">ITF statement on Covid-19 and sustainable transport</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Global%20web.jpeg?itok=RLLMRx8e" width="1690" height="953" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/20" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">barton_linda</span></span> <span class="field-created">Tue, 06/16/2020 - 13:48</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span>The Covid-19 pandemic presents huge challenges for all societies. As the world deals with the pandemic, the temptation for some governments is to delay addressing the climate crisis. Our future depends not only on fighting the coronavirus but on us effectively addressing the problem of climate change as well. As we rebuild our economies, we must rebuild for a sustainable, zero carbon future. Otherwise, we risk lurching into an even bigger crisis.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Embedding climate action as a central element of the Covid-19 response will help address one of the biggest challenges of the pandemic, rebuilding our economies. Sustainable transport is at the forefront of this challenge. Many transport sectors have been badly affected by the shutdown and we need to protect transport services and workers’ livelihoods. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Over the next 10 years, transport needs to reduce its emissions by 45% from 2010 levels in order to meet the IPCC’s target of restricting temperature to 1.5 degrees. We now need a new, sustainable model that meets all social needs, and puts people before profit.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>It is vital that as we rebuild transport, we move beyond the failed model of the past. Constant expansion cannot be based on precarious work and the ever-growing use of fossil fuels. We need a globally co-ordinated green industrial policy that mobilises high investment and full unionised employment. This requires an economy wide approach.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>We will need major investment in renewable electricity, alternative fuels, as well as transport infrastructure. Governments must play a leading role. A zero carbon transport sector will need to be anchored by publicly owned transport infrastructure and services with strong democratic oversight.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>We also need these levels of public investment to avoid another Great Depression. There is a major risk of global deflation if the Covid-19 pandemic leads to falling demand and investment. If investment in green infrastructure is combined with decent work with collective bargaining rights, it will generate a wage-led recovery. This approach needs to be globally co-ordinated. Just as industrialised countries in the Global North have a historic responsibility to address climate change, we must also make sure that all countries have access to finance for the zero carbon transition.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The workers’ role in decision making needs to be increased at all levels. Transport unions must have a greater role at the UN bodies that regulate transport, and greater input into the national plans (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement. Government investment must set conditions on sustainability targets and greater worker representation, including worker representation on boards, green representatives at all levels of the company, and skill development pathways for women workers and young workers.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>John Mark Mwanika, ITF Urban Transport Committee Chair and Sustainable Transport Working Group co-chair said:</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>"Public transport systems and public transport workers are under great strain as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. It is vital that we preserve public transport systems and also take the long term view. Expanding publicly owned public transport services is one of the most important things we can do is address the climate crisis. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A good example is the ITF’s partnership with the C40 Group of pioneering cities to implement the Green and Healthy Streets Declaration, which aims to introduce zero emission buses by 2025 and zero emission zones by 2030. The ITF is working with these cities to ensure these investments create decent jobs, with opportunities for both men and women workers, and full training opportunities. This partnership is even more important now as cities rebuild their social and economic life in a safe way.”</span><strong> </strong></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Dorotea Zec, ITF Young Workers co-chair and Sustainable Transport Working Group co-chair said:</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>“The Covid-19 pandemic has showed the importance of maritime transport for keeping essential supplies moving around the world. To safeguard the industry’s future, we urgently need to identify potential pathways to a zero carbon sector. Alternative fuels such as ammonia and battery power are possible options. Upgrading the global shipping fleet will require major investment in ship building and renewable energy, and this will contribute to the wider economic recovery the world needs.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>New skills will be needed and seafarers’ unions must have an active role in decision making. We need to make sure that the livelihoods of all seafarers are protected, and that the future of the sector is based on equality, with fairer opportunities for women workers and young workers. The ITF also needs an active role in the International Maritime Organization, which has an important role to play in making a just transition to zero carbon happen.”</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>David Gobé, ITF Railways chair and Sustainable Transport Working Group co-chair said:</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>“Public investment in the rail sector is very important for achieving a zero carbon transport sector. We need to make sure this investment happens in a carefully planned way, to make sure there is no wasteful competition with other transport modes. Experience shows that only the public sector can deliver efficient and well run rail systems.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Investment in the rail sector must go hand in hand with decent jobs and collective bargaining rights. The Covid-19 pandemic increased existing inequalities for women workers, young workers, and other marginalised groups. We must make sure that a new wave of public investment delivers a more just transport sector.”</span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/sustainability" hreflang="en">sustainability</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--39" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194784&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="bZGh78I_ZVytGS7nlNi_Mh1WfqPFG0VWGBw74ZlKKT8"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53222" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53222 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53222" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592508789"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Engineer</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>OMG!!! It's so impressive, unbelievable!!! How is dealing with the seafarers relief? Start solve actual problems!!! People's lives are destroying! Arrange strikes of all transport federation workers!!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53222&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="Km_IoNQyZZ1KHFzEJ9YcIOGdCUi4PcrPhYwYeyFB52I"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </section> Tue, 16 Jun 2020 12:48:39 +0000 barton_linda 194784 at Enough is enough: World’s seafarers will now exercise right to leave ships amid Covid-19 failures <span class="field-title">Enough is enough: World’s seafarers will now exercise right to leave ships amid Covid-19 failures</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Web%20Banner_v4.png?itok=pUyy8lcY" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Mon, 06/15/2020 - 21:09</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and its affiliated seafarers’ unions will now assist hundreds of thousands of seafarers to exercise their right to stop working, leave ships, and return home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">The new approach, which could be highly disruptive to global trade, comes after insufficient action by governments to designate seafarers as ‘key workers’, exempt them from Covid-19 travel restrictions and facilitate repatriation of around 200,000 seafarers who have been caught up in the crew change crisis, said ITF Seafarers’ Section Chair Dave Heindel.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">“We are sending a very strong message to seafarers: </span><span>you have selflessly extended and extended your contracts to do your part to keep critical supplies flowing around the world during this pandemic,” </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Some seafarers have been onboard for more than a year, and over the course of this pandemic many have been prevented by governments from coming ashore even for a walk and alarmingly refused emergency medical care. Frankly, we have seafarers killing themselves at the prospect of this misery continuing without end. They call them ‘floating prisons’. This situation is intolerable to the ITF family,” said Heindel</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>ITF President and Dockers’ Section chair Paddy Crumlin reiterated the repeated warnings given to governments from unions and industry of this unfolding humanitarian crisis: “We have urged them on the consequences of tired, fatigued, depressed crew – to trade, to the environment. We have worked with industry and the international community to offer solutions.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“But enough is enough. We have to draw a line in the sand and today is the day that we make it crystal clear to governments, that from June 16, seafarers are going to start enforcing their right to stop working and to return home. No more contract extensions.” said Crumlin.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>ITF General Secretary Steve Cotton said all that governments need to do is make practical exceptions to coronavirus restrictions, and allow these key workers to transit through their territories and return to their families. A few small changes by national governments would allow seafarers to get home, and be relieved by a fresh crew, he said.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“If a seafarers wants off a ship, then the ITF, our affiliated unions and the ITF inspectorate will do everything we can to assist them. We fully expect port state authorities in all countries where ships dock to honour their obligations under the Maritime Labour Convention to get these seafarers safely home. That is their legal obligation,”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“If getting seafarers off these ships causes chaos in supply chains, if ports back up from Singapore to San Francisco, and if this causes ship insurance providers to pull their coverage and global trade to grind to a halt; then that is on the heads of politicians, not the world’s seafarers,”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Seafarers have done our part in this pandemic, and plenty more. Enough is enough,” said Steve Cotton.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Background on the crew change crisis</span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p>The ITF, our affiliates, and our social partners have been clear in our warnings about the consequences of governments and their officials ignoring the escalating crew change crisis: </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>19 March: <a href="">ITF agreed to crew contract extensions due to unprecedented pandemic, where crew consent</a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>7 April: <a href="">ITF and employers told G20 leaders to facilitate essential movement of seafarers</a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>9 April: <a href="">Maritime unions and employers called on governments to identify seafarers as key workers and facilitate crew changes</a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p>27 April: <a href="">ITF, employers called out governments for denying medical assistance ashore for seafarers</a></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>6 May: Industry-union 12-step solution for crew change is <a href="">adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which starts advocating for the protocols to governments and internationally</a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>14 May: The ITF and Joint Negotiating Group (JNG) representing employers, including the International Maritime Employers Council, release <a href="">a joint statement calling for government action and set a final 30 day implementation deadline to June 15</a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>22 May: <a href="">The UN Secretary General was urged by global union and shipping leaders to governments to act urgently</a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>28 May: <a href="">ILO, IMO and ICAO urge governments to act on crew change, ‘key worker’ status</a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>12 June: <a href="">UN backs ITF, international calls for key workers status over crew change crisis</a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Resources for seafarers:</span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and our affiliated seafarers’ unions will now assist hundreds of thousands of seafarers to exercise their right to stop working, leave ships, and return home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">Here are the resources and supports we have made available to them:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">Our <a href="">Message to Seafarers</a></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Here’s how seafarers can<a href=""> <span>contact ITF Seafarer Support</span> </a></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Here’s how seafarers can</span> <span><a href=""><span>contact ITF inspectors in your area</span></a></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href=""><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Guidance for Seafarers on their rights to crew change (PDF)</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href=""><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Guidance for seafarers on their rights under the Maritime Labour Convention (PDF)</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">Media Contact: </span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>+44 20 7940 9282</span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"> | <a href=""></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid" hreflang="en">covid</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--40" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194783&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="KJTyUht7UIghg2IdPzhafqSH5OlmKlXIY-R7vMRw1Wk"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53108" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53108 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53108" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592272593"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Capt. Andriy</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Only the thing is that CoEs are signed and have to wait one or two months till it over again.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53108&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="LrsBjUUviBHEtsjmGJl5DHmubQWprifcuaUjt3v70Hk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53122" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53122 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53122" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592294039"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Deck officer</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Don t sign extensions and call the itf inspectors ! If you are afraid and sign than don t complain and wait until .... you get the point ! Thank you ITF for this very first firm step, now we the seafarers have to fight for our rights to and refuse any extensions and call authorities so they press the companies( most of which are hiding behind COVID 19 and don t even try to make crew changes even in the countriea where is allowed , because is expensive due to restrictions)</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53122&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="U398hwKdL8Bt3U4Qz5hJC_0luonrYdvHZkihbKq_LYE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53187" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53187 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53187" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592394704"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/53122#comment-53122" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Deck officer</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Salim Shaikh</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>It's easier said than done ,ITF is not going to come knocking on every person's door who is kicked out of his company and give him a salary when he is unemployed</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53187&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="618m7rsCFP59L2MkTR0blQ-coJ2Ppep7LcU6BYd8tu8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53211" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53211 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53211" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592474708"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/53187#comment-53187" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Salim Shaikh</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Max</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Exactly! There is no employment protection at all.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53211&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="fc8syxN9_gb3yrkkNqQx2vWtPVgCDmSBA0CdhTshH8E"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div></div> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53125" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53125 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53125" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592299367"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Capt. Bikram </div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Kudos to you! Our faith has been restored and we feel that we are not alone. Thank you!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53125&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="_vuvfkDmQJHo6yaSOBDaqlllwZPfxjSIgGZETcOKAOU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53129" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53129 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53129" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592310564"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Officer on Singapore flag PSV</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Only problem is that if we decide to exercise our rights and demand shore leave from the company or refuse to extend our tours again; we will be fired or made redundant. Not exactly a good solution.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53129&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="0JdRoo34Vr5dHQjR_Z7o3JGGK_KR-2gkoSGKdJU9Ksk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53131" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53131 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53131" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592321502"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/53129#comment-53129" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Officer on Singapore flag PSV</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Marinero</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>You must choose...freedom or many. If you need many pls stay on board and don't cray...I you won t back to home -strike....simple</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53131&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="wXHDh6QMDvVPeam2qmsiST72zLYxsgAoAET0zXSAPN0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53146" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53146 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53146" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592343753"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Zaw Min Tun </div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Thank you</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53146&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="1nvNjMBoBBZvS7TaL9kIk4pALB8TBglGFddrCb17zAc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53162" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53162 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53162" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592364907"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Capt. Samsul Mannan. MSC,MBA,AFNI.</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>I would like to appreciate ITF for taking such a BOLD Step. As a marine Harbour pilot, I have to Maneuver ship every single day in different ships. Thus I have practical experience of watching the cry of the seafarer. Most of the crew 's onboard ship are overstaying. Yesterday I was piloting a ship whose Master is already 9 months onboard and don't know when to sign off. Our policymaker should take more steps to repatriate these crews.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53162&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="LbWbS1V9jOnxM6v7mE6HHotMllCm3CmHot4B4WQt2hM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53186" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53186 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53186" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592394590"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Salim Shaikh</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Honestly it's easy to say this when you are making such comments sitting behind a desk .If a person's does this his company will never employ him ,worse he is out of a job . Are you going to give him a job ? Will you pay and feed his family when he is desperately looking for a job?</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53186&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="8YbrdXAulQ3x4X0LahO2YQWo4ptWVABZ7GDMGuzFsy8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53188" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53188 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53188" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592395858"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">NORD</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>I have seen so many people who should go home after finish their contract. But the office always says no flight available, they always book flight 2-3days before vessel’s arrival, but in reality it will not be possible to get ticket just 2-3days before arriving. The flight is also a big concern.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53188&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="PKwUKIU7fmWGrqBeNidjBEbXyRVdk6hTc7-_KzgVvTA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53194" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53194 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53194" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592441904"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Engineer</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Go to hell ITF!!! You are betrayed us!!!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53194&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="sdFdAetG-dnY7LDt10ChNpT8_ABqw0xG8fmKrhJrMKE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53216" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53216 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53216" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592488542"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">i have a question</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>very impressive statement from ITF, but i am curious - will ITF charter airplanes to arrange crew changes?</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53216&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="vrSjFGVSO1eUP5R1eHoFNDwmyaYp3kB9ws67GPG56CQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53774" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53774 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53774" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1594262230"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/53216#comment-53216" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">i have a question</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">shipmanager</div> <div class="c-comment-created">4 weeks 1 day ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>right! easy for itf to say 'enough is enough'. but do you have any idea how many countries are only allowing crew changes? how many ports have implemented their restrictions and requirements if/when we do crew changes? how many commercial flights have suspended? and how limited charter flights are? we do not want to keep our crew on board for any longer than our committed contract length. since you sound like you know how to do it, please tell us how????</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53774&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="Ezq0X1m7QFyyASz6io8UsqAtq3hELErKChRQHfWqmpk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53226" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53226 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53226" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592510077"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Моряк</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Good day! A representative of the families of seafarers who have become unwitting hostages of the situation addresses you as an organization with the main goals, namely:<br /> −promoting greater respect for trade Union rights and human rights around the world;</p> <p>−working for a world based on social justice and economic progress;</p> <p>−helping its member unions protect the interests of their members;</p> <p>- providing General assistance to employees of the transport sector, with a request to take effective measures to the company SCF management services, because this company violates the rights of seafarers, does not organize crew changes. Seafarers are not able to write off, return home to their families, and are forced to work because their contracts have been extended for a long time. The mental state of the sailors is exhausted, morale tends to zero, and since February they have not been able to set foot on the ground and receive qualified medical care. The media reports that the governments of countries are easing restrictions imposed due to the pandemic, but in the case of SCF management services, employees are the last to be thought about, because for this company, the priority is to get excess profits. a Convincing request to assist and influence the company's policy in terms of human rights and freedoms, as well as a request to assist in compensation for working out over the norm of the contract , because the company does not compensate in any way.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53226&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="X6TD9VHHuzRMhLHlkgthl-FgjnIi-8NzTvz6IN6DvOM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53247" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53247 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53247" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592540054"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">A seafarer</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>As a seafarer, we do appreciate ITF's care in this pandemic. But I do doubt it's a good way to call strike. As a responsible organization, they should assess the risk to society before the making such decision:<br /> 1. if all overdue seafarer refuse to work, ships will stop trade. Some vessel may drifting at high sea, channel, terminal and port anchorage. Will this create disaster to the whole world?<br /> 2. COVID-19 is spreading in the whole world. most of nation is still lockdown. Airline stopped. Even though government allow crew disembark from ship and majority crew disembarked from ship, how long do they need to wait for the flight? During their waiting period for the flight, who is to protect them from the virus? In case seafarers been infected, and this spread to seafaerers family, who is the one to pay for his family? ITF or SEafarer himself? This is irresponsible action.<br /> 3. could you image a VLCC carrying 2millions barrel oil onboard and the master/chief engineer/chief officer were on strike? Who will be blamed for the incident, ship owner, government or ITF? </p> <p>At this critical time, the best way is cooperation. If ITF do care of the seafares, it's time to work with each government, Union nation, shipowners etc to set a proper procedure and materialize the policies. There were two serious issues to owner:<br /> 1. flight availability --- individual ship owner may not be afford to charter a flight for a few crew change. But if ITF can organize flight in main sea port, it will encourage ship owner to arrange crew change at major port. (it's a money matters. ITF has union fee to settle).<br /> 2. materialize policy for crew change --- only major port government involved as most crew change in major port only. Has ITF has any dialogue with them? US as a world most powerful country, stopped crew replacement for a few month. Has ITF talked to MR Trump and force him to accept seafarers transportation and issue Visa for India, Philipinos, Chinese and Russian?</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53247&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="nZLLeSaBC68CDwwhwp5kyQ5a7ZIb83r8pgSiNuzKJrw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53265" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53265 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53265" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592553513"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Seaman</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>True story - only military USCG agreed to help seafarer from our ship. All authorities in region refused even though life could have been endangered. Governments are good for nothing. Repeat : nothing.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53265&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="SrpgZBQ1l6nYvcOrDXmGI67PbiVqlSerTGC9WKvQw7Y"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </section> Mon, 15 Jun 2020 20:09:56 +0000 Rory_M 194783 at ITF message to seafarers: Enough is enough, crew change now <span class="field-title">ITF message to seafarers: Enough is enough, crew change now</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WhatsApp%20Image%202020-06-15%20at%2011.28.28%20PM.jpeg?itok=GRJfpW6d" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/20" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">barton_linda</span></span> <span class="field-created">Mon, 06/15/2020 - 14:40</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Seafarers, we know that you, your loved ones, and your <span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>fr</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>iends have had enough. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>You have the right to return home. While many countries have slowly started to ease coronavirus pandemic restrictions after 2-3 months of lockdown and are now reopening stores and services and allowing people to meet <span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>fr</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>iends and families, hundreds of thousands of seafarers (you) worldwide remain stuck on board, unable to go ashore, seek medical attention or return home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Many of you were on board for 6-10 months and now an additional 2-3 months because you had to extend your contracts due to travel restrictions and a lack of flights. Despite all the support <span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>fr</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>om the shipping industry and the United Nations and their agencies, you continue to be treated as second class citizens. You are the same seafarers that governments have hailed as “key workers” vital to the global supply chain and the delivery of essential materials and goods. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and our member unions have forewarned governments and the industry that after today, the 15 June 2020, that it will no longer be acceptable that seafarers are forced to continue to work. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>If you have finished your contract, then you have the right to be repatriated.</strong> If this is not possible then you would remain on board as a passenger. The consequences could be that the ship is unable to sail if the manning level is inadequate, <strong>but that is not the responsibility of the seafarers.</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>We are clear – if a seafarer wants off a ship, then the ITF, our affiliate unions and the ITF inspectorate will do everything we can to assist them. We know that you need to get off these ships, and we will help you to do so where we can.</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>You have done your job, performed your duties, and accepted that you were unable to return home in the beginning in order to contain the spread of Covid-19 – but no more. Enough is enough.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em>Here’s how to<a href=""> contact ITF Seafarer Support </a></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em>Here’s how to <a href="">contact ITF inspectors in your area</a><a href=""> </a></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><a href="">Download guidance for Seafarers on your rights to crew change (PDF</a>)</em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href=""><em>Download </em><em>guidance for seafarers on rights under MLC (PDF</em></a>)</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><em>Read our press release on this: </em><a href=""><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span>Enough is enough – World’s seafarers will now exercise right to leave ships amid Covid-19 failures</span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> </ul></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--41" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194782&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="H_Ad9uMWFdwdAEt0KvlX-tUr_Y9bs7rQQkH2EMORZYM"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53099" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53099 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53099" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592251463"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Seaman </div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>And what,tomorrow we are all back home? 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Will I be a guest without payment of anything till country have opened airspace?</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53102&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="VLwHW8yj1CfOZQxJd3Zgq-hhN0LMB7pFYe6I-RiJfTo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53103" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53103 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53103" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592259887"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Seafarer</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>We are in quinhuangdao china for drydock.but no possible of crew change because of the travel restrictions.please help us we already 13 and more months onboard.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53103&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="aa9Yuh4wHxr3u37sgHgm6p4piA_nn5smiuIiQqrkh0k"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53105" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53105 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53105" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592263473"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Еngineer</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Are you kidding me?? You just copy mlc that is not working!! Lyers!! Is it your actions?? Why are not arranging strike of Dockers? Why are you not arranging strike of truck driver? Pilots? You are useless waste!!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53105&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="H1Aa9zqnKiR8LNCFWZ_dZxfyp5NfuLhq1PVLb3cFMSk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53109" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53109 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53109" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592272803"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Capt. Andriy</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>A lot of noise without result.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53109&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="zn7cS6o67-ZWP_ZxXn5lsAwHUIIQggTqiwrfjgp5Lz8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53110" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53110 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53110" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592285300"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Popeye</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Jump to sea ,,, and you got the answer</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53110&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="dtUdWBlDKM6aiQYvJPsbExFqECiEErEbd-1q88X_8hg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53114" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53114 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53114" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592287264"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">sailor</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>its been 255 days, there are lot of talks but nobody is doing anything. owners are having a nice time making profits and the organisations which are there for welfare of seafarers they're not doing anything. mlc also extended contracts till 14months max. i mean wtf! we're human beings too, have family, friends... more than 4 months without stepping foot on land. Singapore MPA also denied our releif just because people have not completed atleast 14 months (although 2 crew here have already completed 13 months, 11 already extended 3-4 months extra)</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53114&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="pGLToAPN04CAS5LrMbiPvQjiTN1FWq9ugrycEVF3w5k"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53115" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53115 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53115" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592288802"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Capt. A</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>All these talks is Mickey Mouse game</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53115&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="qrZp9XDu-t8vKmQQQ7vMk9K3mLgBfYav04CWG9-e_B8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53164" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53164 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53164" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592370575"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/53115#comment-53115" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Capt. A</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Alex Do</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>It is the Game. One of Two will lost. Please wait for.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53164&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="wlDuWzTKfhV6pbj82Xtq2Y-B_IcpOGksnknSiX2XmGk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53116" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53116 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53116" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592289086"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">zerwin agarano</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>here in m.t. maersk malaga still nothing happen about crew change all crew are exhausted, please help us..</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53116&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="xnvUxUknKwOfE7oJdVViXsbhr-ART_qKtT_tVjG8Rvs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53121" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53121 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53121" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592293216"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Bravo</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>To All of those who commented here in negative thinking I only say 1 thing ! If you expect everything done for you by somebdoy else than don t complain pls! This is a real good thing the ITF is doing now , pressing port authorities, governments and owners to solve our problem. The only thing you cand do if you really want to go home is don t sign extensions and call the itf inspectors. If you are a slave and afraid than you don t have any right to complain, so shut the f*** up and wait until the companies and the governments will take pity on you and send you home ! what I know from my experience most of the masters and chief engineers are companies dogs so don t go for them for guidance, they will do and say anything to discourage you to fight for your rights, i bet my money most of them have more than 9 months on board and still going ...maybe waiting for some ratings who are really tired to complain to the authorities so they can go home also, because they will never lift a finger by themselves afraid that will never find another job!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53121&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="pPKZZvDRxeK-Ja5CeyS5TxGOfQaShZzw3jhe-H_ZiZo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53127" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53127 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53127" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592302289"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Bangka</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>If crew change cannot accommodate for now can they increase the salary for compensation?</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53127&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="K0Z0qdqMj0akG-b30Pi2dnLdCKjGWjJugOnHnZUnedw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53132" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53132 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53132" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592322332"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">SEAFARER</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>A lot of noise without results !!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53132&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="nltvdZ7NGe5t46IL8TV3aCda4kUtYYfj0z2OaZWiamE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53138" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53138 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53138" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592326204"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Саня</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Мда.... Это так филлипиский профсоюз для своих ребят места освобождает? И кого возьмут на работу после таких действий...только филлипинцов,а всех остальных выкинут. Спасибо за отсутствие помощи, я раньше считал,что профсоюз это аферисты собирающие деньги только,а сейчас это вообще геноцид моряков. Лучше бы и не брались и не обещали,раз после всех дел просто посоветовали написать mlc жалобу. Ваша работа в том и заключалась,чтобы эти жалобы можно было решать, просто 3 месяца кормили нас сказками,а теперь делайте,то что могли сделать и раньше. Лучше вообще не иметь профсоюза</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53138&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="ZaFJQk3G--Atu5WmKp9RFF04vgdxUcyMuVGjQYrtNmI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53144" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53144 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53144" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592341927"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Seaman</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>If we remain onboard as a passanger , we are still paid or not? And if my vessel is not in a mutual agreement with the ITF, I can still request their support??</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53144&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="ZrmhWzwRpbEQIkXU8IkfT94m1LbIg15VBrrJmfHwIOA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53145" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53145 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53145" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592342672"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">crew</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>still owners and management not doing anything they have still think about profit.itf why not take serious action .like visit ship and arrest ship give pressure to owner.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53145&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="p2tIFTV328AzyXMZcG-VU_avGdGV3wgfC3BpcZ3fQC4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53147" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53147 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53147" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592346807"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/53145#comment-53145" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">crew</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Engineer</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>There are scary for covid. Just from home and comfortable place is easy to write how they are hard trying. At real Itf is useless! With internet is possible to be in touch with a lot of vessels for control but it will be already real actions. Owners didn't pay them for it. Shame!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53147&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="9g3whZEDbuayLotu_a26jddTMZLBujQGkrpOH5T6bfg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53201" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53201 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53201" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592454536"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Rajen </div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>I have completed 12+ month onboard but company still saying they are trying there best to sign off me, recently I got one month extension letter ,which I refused to sign and I asked them to mention specific date of my sign off but they didn't and pressurise me to sign that letter, after 7 july my ship will sail to africa and eta wil be 27 july at that time I will be almost 14 month on board .</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53201&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="hW21KWyySqDvHQLGxvPnk9aCnFVTSYdObWiqziHxyWs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53203" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53203 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53203" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592455235"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>What a self-serving, wanting-to-look-like-hero in front of seafarers and irresponsible message. We all know everyone is helpless in this present situation because of country/port restrictions that make it difficult to carry out crew change. Very convenient for an organization who just gets wealthy off seafarers blood and sweat.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53203&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="H_6cxYQYkc60ijTLAQrtXiGdaiNd2TkIL7Wwut15HM0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53264" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53264 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53264" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592551855"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Seaman</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>The Singapore authorities pretend to take action but create such big obstructions that impossible to follow requirements.<br /> China on one hand declares its free from virus, on the other hand do not allow any crew change</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53264&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="rhFTg3bykP5ezwjXZkjP2VfJEig-zjM35aWxArapm-8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53298" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53298 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53298" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592642379"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Support ITF and stop work</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>The only option for us right now is give written notice to company saying you can no longer give service and stop the work and stay in your cabins.. you will get paid as long as you are onboard.. If vessel goes below safe manning requirements report to port state control and flag state and ITF.. More people stop the work more the owners and government are pressurized for crew change..</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53298&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="JCB32TXOyjKLWUU-Hgmrt-A-1u1qLivcIhBGPlXNPEY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53645" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53645 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53645" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1593521734"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Capt. Jack Dotson</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>I am working in Saudi Arabia, One of the most profitable oil supply areas in The World.<br /> And I would like The ITF to Think about the following.<br /> Here if we are onboard 3 to 6 in this time, we don't have shore leave , we are not allowed any type of recreation or relaxation ashore, also these are not passenger ships, they are small Vessels, and, if you are lucky you have a port hole, that cannot open.<br /> No mobile signal no television no books unless you bring your own.<br /> And now many of my colleges have over 9 months some over a year, under these conditions.<br /> Please do something about this you have the power to do so, I am a Captain.<br /> Can I work with following The International regulations , without a CoC, the answer is NO.<br /> Then why are these Governments allowed to keep taking away our life or family or writes?</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53645&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="NphB-K7hUeSF5UiKYiwc49NQC6jEw1cIraOoUSQ7bvA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53815" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53815 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53815" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1594467704"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">seaman</div> <div class="c-comment-created">3 weeks 6 days ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>16 mos. and counting..transiting to singapore from brasil for bunker and provision.. and still no crew change</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53815&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="-xMKWda5M_VVJRoahww0slsudf4Fh2MT04QPbKz0r9o"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </section> Mon, 15 Jun 2020 13:40:09 +0000 barton_linda 194782 at Some governments waking up to crew change crisis as deadline, shipping chaos looms <span class="field-title">Some governments waking up to crew change crisis as deadline, shipping chaos looms</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Crew%20Change%20Crisis.png?itok=lsKy1ZRy" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Sun, 06/14/2020 - 09:49</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The clock is counting down for governments to make Covid-19 travel exceptions and arrangements for seafarers, as an estimated over 200,000 of them are waiting to disembark from the world’s ships and return home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Since governments began introducing restrictions aimed at stopping the deadly virus from spreading, seafarers have found themselves unable to go ashore for rest and relaxation, medical treatment, and to go home after finishing their contracts. With the world’s governments shifting blame for the growing humanitarian crisis, the reality of these workers exercising their right to ‘get off’ is starting to hit home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In an <a href="">interview</a> with <em>The Financial Times,</em> ITF  General Secretary Stephen Cotton said that after June 16, “We won’t tell seafarers they have to stay on board. If they want off, we will assist them getting off,”.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Until now, governments, including major ‘flag states’ that certify and issue licences to the world’s shipping and cruise fleet, have relied on ‘force majeure’, or classifying the pandemic as an act of God, to suspend mandatory international maritime regulations and extend seafarers’ contracts. Nautilus General Secretary Mark Dickinson <a href="">told a high-level panel</a> that this excuse from governments will no longer work. He said the protocols developed by unions and employers, and endorsed by the UN’s International Maritime Organization and International Labour Organization in May, means that governments have been given every option for resolving the crisis.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>There could be major consequences for global shipping if thousands of seafarers refuse to extend their employment contracts and demand to be repatriated, without fresh crew able to relieve them. Many ships could fail to meet minimum manning levels, causing port authorities to stop them, or ships’ P&amp;I insurance coverage may lapse. This would be catastrophic for the world’s trade routes and the billions of consumers that rely on them.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Canada, Hong Kong lead the way</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>A few countries are beginning to understand the severity of the situation and are making the changes they need to. <a href="">Speaking to Splash247’s Sam Chambers</a>, ITF Canadian coordinator Peter Lahay said that Canada has started positioning itself as a crew change hub.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The ITF has been working with Canada’s Chamber of Shipping and regulator Transport Canada on new Covid-19 protocols so seafarers can “transfer to and from airports, hotels and ships”. Critically, crew leaving ships will not require visas or to quarantine as they pass through Canada, while the relieving crew will not need to quarantine on their way to the ship. Seafarers from countries that still require a visa will be able to apply online and receive confirmation by email.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Pragmatic exceptions like Canada’s could save global shipping from grinding to a halt. Hong Kong last week <span><span><a href="">introduced its own protocols</a></span></span> that are aimed at facilitating and supporting crew change. Seafarers signing on or off in Hong Kong will not need to quarantine or obtain special permits in order to board  or disembark on their way home. Hong Kong’s authorities stress that shipping companies or their agents should arrange for seafarers to get to and from the vessels with as little community interaction as possible. In the scheme of the impending trade crunch caused by this crisis, a taxi to the pier is a small price to pay for keeping the world’s ships moving.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Symptom of a broken system</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The crisis has shown how fragmented and broken the international shipping system is. There are flag states that can’t, or won’t, get seafarers repatriated. There are ‘labour providing countries’ from where the majority of the world’s seafarers are from, whose governments refuse to let them come home. And then there are the powerful port states, that are happy to accept the movement of goods that benefit their economies and communities, but stop short at helping seafarers be relieved and sent home after months on these ships.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Among the flag states, Cyprus has announced its <a href="$file/Circular%202020-12%20(14-05-2020)-EN.pdf">special crew change protocols</a>. Shipping Deputy Minister Natasa Pilides <a href="">wrote</a> that “Facilitating crew changes is crucial to protect seafarers' wellbeing &amp; international trade. The transport of essential goods to people who need it is now more important than ever.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In the labour supply countries, the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs is <a href="">warning</a> that “as many as 35,000 Filipino seafarers are expected to come home after being displaced by a novel coronavirus pandemic”. The country has tried to restrict the number of repatriations daily, with many Filipino seafarers still stuck on cruise ships in Manila Bay and unable to come ashore.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>And when it comes to the port states, in Europe the United Kingdom’s Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called on the Boris Johnson’s government to push for crew change implementation across the world. TUC head Frances O’Grady <a href="">said</a> that her country should “lead the international effort to facilitate crew changes and create 'safe corridors' that allow free movement for seafarers,”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Seafarers play an essential role in global trade networks, keeping our economies running and delivering essential goods,” she said. “They should be recognised as key workers and given the pay and support they need. But instead thousands are stranded at sea and in ports. Without action, this crisis will undermine our critical supply chains and hurt the UK's economic recovery.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--42" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194780&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="lXzQXZmbAch_llMtG9uber15D6rC4bhiAeKMWMOY07A"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53067" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53067 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53067" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592173571"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Reynaldo R. Otida</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>How about Australia. Any idea when they open</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53067&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="6MK1JONHwH4D21AqVsgMgXwoXQTn-vkT6njLya9uSC4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53070" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53070 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53070" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592179335"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Engineer</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>And what? Where are your promised actions? You are lyers!!! All of you!!! All seafarers will remember about their blood on your hands and their broken life's! Shame!!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53070&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="Jmr5bdS8zCEsnekASdE1ifZsp7J_LjmjSjS1wN3i62o"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53073" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53073 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53073" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592198365"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/53070#comment-53070" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Engineer</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Capt. Vitaly</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Yes, we are fully agree with you. ITF do really nothing except "bla-bla-bla" last 3 months. This problem could be easy solved within about 2 weeks but managers of ITF should stop bleating and commence to work really...</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53073&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="Fm4egPx0A2RGwT5TMlG_sOmIM8LRu4F_TLkYKb0gC_8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53083" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53083 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53083" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592215827"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">M.s.udai kiran</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Sir, now our vessel reaching USA on Jun 26, no direCt flight to India, and i want to signoff, as i am mentally very disturbed, even informed company about this.<br /> How can you assist me in getting back home.<br /> Please advise.<br /></p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53083&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="fgJZ56SCyr6_jy72DRojjL3TcGHXxgybTmcvPxju0rE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53085" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53085 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53085" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592219683"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Офицер</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Сингапуре смен нет. Все вранье.Власти всячески препятствуют смене.В особенности капитания Сингапура. Придумывает мифические причины отказа</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53085&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="Xt-PZPnFPtwHr5nYKwhxa6js1VFhHEGNi4aHrP_b2X8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53148" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53148 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53148" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592347072"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/53085#comment-53085" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Офицер</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Саня</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Это тренировка перед домом может... Им же надо понаписывавать,что они так стараются,так стараются,что пукан скоро порвётся. А по факту пользуйтесь mlc,который не работает и оставайтесь потом без работы,так как обвинят опять же моряка. Реальные действия- это организация страйков всех транспортников за моряков. А так они транспортная федерация,а мы рабы.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53148&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="3BTxPBE3YcKzULFQcCB8np8G3ziGvCnhUR1ajLr8woM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53086" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53086 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53086" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592223324"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Alex</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Global stop of carry out duties of each crew member on board the vessels will solve this problem.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53086&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="dAwTi-KZqiw2UuWdmBxm_oPBmNlyB-Qzx0vplrW2HRI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53107" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53107 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53107" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592272355"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Capt. Andriy</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>China must start foreign crew change!!!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53107&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="SJMk8XJKENyLe6_umxCUJ4E42itcixUYcR5CxYqL5Zc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53149" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53149 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53149" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592347335"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Sailor Jack</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>The best demonstration that seaman's are not part of ITF. Where are strikes of all transport federation workers??? Dockers and others are human but seaman's are slaves. But without us will not be any Itf! Shame!!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53149&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="xC1e_G8JYhRRTlVWWkz8A2mAaKgBbky3stGGZGK_AOs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53433" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53433 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53433" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1593017099"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Jessica casanova</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Se entiende que el covid-19, ha restringido el mundo de una manera abismal y que los gobiernos buscan proteger y cuidar a la cuidad, pero no se entiende como no pueden idear una estrategia para que la gente de mar que se encuentra laborando puedan llegar a sus casas con medidas sanitarias adecuadas y hagan caso omiso a esta petición, deben tomar ejemplos de los países que actualmente ya están tomando cartas en el asunto y están abriendo la entrada y salida de la gente de mar a sus casas con protocolos de seguridad adecuados para no contagiarse, la gente de mar desempeña un papel fundamental en la economía mundial, ya que mantienen el funcionamiento activo de la economía.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53433&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="ULNmK04HlAUUb9X9us0D7LR2O0SpRvq6OEq9QDQyS_o"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </section> Sun, 14 Jun 2020 08:49:56 +0000 Rory_M 194780 at ITF statement on complaint filed with European Commission by shortsea and feeder ship operators <span class="field-title">ITF statement on complaint filed with European Commission by shortsea and feeder ship operators</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/lashing-story.jpg?itok=eo1DgKSF" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/112" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">luke_m</span></span> <span class="field-created">Thu, 06/11/2020 - 04:17</span> <div class="field-body"><p>Via the press the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) [and its affiliates] has heard about a complaint filed with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition by shortsea and feeder ship operators.<br />  <br /> The complaint relates to the Non-Seafarers’ Work Clause (NSWC) in the IBF Collective Bargaining Agreement. This clause protects seafarers from being obliged to perform dangerous cargo handling services.<br />  <br /> The agreement was voluntarily negotiated and agreed upon between the ITF, representing seafarers, and Joint Negotiating Group (JNG), representing shipowners. This clause was negotiated in good faith and the ITF has an expectation that those who employ seafarers will adhere to this clause in the same way in which they are expected to adhere to the rest of the agreement.<br />  <br /> The NSWC aims to improve the safety of seafarers working on vessels by aiding in adherence to appropriate work and rest hours, reducing fatigue and by having this dangerous task completed by workers who are specifically trained for the task.    <br />  <br /> The Non-Seafarers’ Work Clause does not violate EU competition law.<br />  <br /> The ITF, FNV Havens, Nautilus NL and ver.di have recently filed legal proceedings to enforce the clause. The complaint appears to be a tactical reaction to these legal proceedings and seeks to avoid compliance with the NSWC.<br />  <br /> The petitioners of the complaint have so far refused to share the complaint with the ITF. Therefore, the ITF cannot comment in more detail.<br />  <br /> <strong>Contact:</strong><br /> ITF Maritime Communications Manager<br /><br /> +44 20 7940 9282</p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/lashing" hreflang="en">lashing</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--43" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194774&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="kZP7BL_rmTzIIE5isezAInY_UkxNq8reBO8VlefwqxI"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53041" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53041 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53041" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592110830"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Влад</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>А более насущных проблем у вас нет? Моряков пора бы домой отправить,судовладельцев наказать за бездействие...оштрафовать. или вы ждёте пока моряки умрут или сами за дело возьмутся? Дождетесь,только будет поздно, когда вас на части порвут</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53041&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="BQWsspRDIl7UpSdkmANg37xuG9KKixBICQ1yaDPXHCo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </section> Thu, 11 Jun 2020 03:17:28 +0000 luke_m 194774 at Peruvian dockers win action on Covid-19, PPE <span class="field-title">Peruvian dockers win action on Covid-19, PPE</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Peruvian%20dockers%20win%20action%20on%20Covid%2C%20PPEv1.png?itok=-GQChYi9" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Wed, 06/10/2020 - 12:04</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Dock workers at APM Terminals Callao in Peru have succeeded with reaching an agreement with the company and the authorities for Covid-19 coronavirus testing and fair pandemic payments after five dockers died and more than 35 tested positive for the virus in the last week.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The workers, who are members of ITF affiliate SUTRAMPORPC (Sindicato Único de Trabajadores Marítimos y Portuarios del Puerto del Callao), have successfully negotiated:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span>Independent inspection of workplace protective equipment and equipment cleaning processes;</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Covid-19 testing of dockers at APM Terminals Callao every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday;</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>A weekly compensation payment of 560 Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN) (USD$163) for dockers who are unable to work due to being infected with Covid-19, or who  are exceptionally at-risk if they were to become infected with the virus<a href="#_ftn1"><span><span><span><span>[1]</span></span></span></span></a>;</span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The result follows early warnings by the union that APM Terminals Callao over concerns regarding protection measures for dock workers. Members had been forced to use the same PPE for many days, and there was an insufficient sanitation at the port facilities, the union says. Workers are thrilled the company has agreed to carry out Covid-19 tests, but the changes come too late for five of their compatriots.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Norberto Farfán, President of SUTRAMPORPC said “It’s a great sadness that we have suffered with our deceased brothers and we are very concerned with the Covid-19 infections in the port due to the lack of prevention measures. We deeply appreciate the efforts of the ITF to help us guarantee our security and we will be demanding that everything negotiated with the company be fulfilled”.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Without testing, more workers and their families will catch the virus, and die. Peru now has had over 200,000 cases of Covid-19, and has seen almost 6,000 people die due to the virus.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Willie Adams, ITF Dockers section Vice-Chair and International President of the ILWU, says the Peruvian union’s campaign received strong support.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“You can’t have a situation where dockers are getting sick at work and taking that virus home to their kids and elderly parents, or grandparents. Companies need to be held to account if they're not providing sufficient protection for workers. One death is too many, and we tragically saw five workers from APM Terminals Callao die from Covid-19. We must act everywhere to isolate and treat any sick workers to prevent transmission of the virus, before we see any more devastating loss of life. I congratulate our Peruvian sisters and brothers on their victory,” said Willie Adams.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The union received strong international support in their battle to stop the infections and deaths at APM Terminals Callao.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Enrico Tortolano, ITF Dockers Coordinator said the ITF’s Dockers section has established universal Covid-19 worksite protocols  to protect dock workers. He says this agreement is significant because multinational employers now have to recognise that workers are entitled to a safe and healthy workplace, especially during a killer pandemic.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Today’s agreement will mean better protection for these key workers in their fight to stay healthy and stay alive through this pandemic,”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“The right to refuse unsafe work remains paramount. Our universal safe working protocols must become standard practice in other big terminal operators. Without a safe and healthy workforce, these multinational companies and the transport supply chain will grind to a halt,” said Enrico Tortolano.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Edgar Díaz, ITF acting regional secretary, added: “This moment it’s essential to demand the strictest security controls to prevent the spread of Covid-19 among transport workers. The workers and their union should be proud of the victory today to defend  the health of these workers who are playing an essential role in these times of global crisis”.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <h6><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="//44AE25F7-AFBD-48B0-BFCB-76E2F77564CF#_ftnref1"><span><span><span><span>[1]</span></span></span></span></a> This payment is for dockers who worked more 10 shifts weekly on average during the last 12 months with conditions that prevents them from working during the pandemic, according to the definitions set out in Peru’s <em>Ministerial Resolution No. 283-2020-MINSA</em>. These workers will be paid the payment while isolating during the pandemic at their own homes.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></h6> <p> </p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/dockers" hreflang="en">dockers </a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--44" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194773&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="3vAiTITUaQyZjre5OCiECDhADrSklFtku19uaOvob7Q"></drupal-render-placeholder> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Wed, 10 Jun 2020 11:04:16 +0000 Rory_M 194773 at ITF Maritime Safety Committee <span class="field-title">ITF Maritime Safety Committee </span> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/93" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Natalie</span></span> <span class="field-created">Wed, 06/10/2020 - 10:52</span> <div class="field-field_about"> <div>About</div> <div><p>Remote meeting of the ITF Maritime Safety Committee.</p></div> </div> <div class="field-field_sector"> <div>Sector</div> <div> <div><a href="/en/sector/seafarers" hreflang="en">Seafarers</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field-field_region"> <div>Region</div> <div> <div><a href="/en/region/itf-global" hreflang="en">ITF Global</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field-field_location"> <div>Location</div> <div>Remote</div> </div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <div class="field-field_date_range"> <div>Date range</div> <div>23 - 25 September 2020</div> </div> <div class="field-field_end_date"> <div>End date</div> <div>Fri, 09/25/2020 - 13:48</div> </div> <div class="field-field_start_date"> <div>Start date</div> <div>Wed, 09/23/2020 - 13:49</div> </div> Wed, 10 Jun 2020 09:52:40 +0000 Natalie 194772 at 400,000 dockers stand with Seward, Alaska in condemning Possehl Erzkontor and Alaska Logistics <span class="field-title">400,000 dockers stand with Seward, Alaska in condemning Possehl Erzkontor and Alaska Logistics</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Seward%20Web%20Image_colour_0.png?itok=vnkXlLgb" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Wed, 06/10/2020 - 00:25</span> <div class="field-body"><p>The ITF Dockers, representing 400,000 dock workers worldwide, stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Seward, Alaska, represented by International Longshore and Warehouse Workers Union (ILWU Unit 60).</p> <p>We condemn the actions by Possehl Erzkontor GmbH (Peter Cremer) and Alaska Logistics, who have recently hired non-union, out-of-state longshore workers to perform jobs historically done by members of ILWU Unit 60. The actions of Alaska Logistics are nothing short of union-busting.</p> <p>We further condemn the arrest of the five members of the ILWU for picketing and charged by the Seward Police for civil disobedience, simply because they were defending good community jobs. We call for charges to be dropped, and for the police to recognise the rights provided under the first amendment of the United States Constitution.</p> <p>Never in our lifetime have we seen such economic uncertainty – the highest economic inequality, record levels of unemployment, and an attack on union rights. Alaska Logistics, in hiring workers on substandard wages, threatens the economic livelihood in Seward. For decades, the hard work of the sisters and brothers of the ILWU, along with their economic buying power, has helped small business and the local community prosper. This is now at stake.</p> <p>Paddy Crumlin, ITF President and Dockers’ Section Chair, said: “Alaska Logistics must be held accountable for their union busting. The local politicians need to intervene to stop this race to the bottom by ensuring that the work is done by qualified longshore workers.</p> <p>“Further, the arrest of five longshore workers is abhorrent, these men and women were standing up for their community. We will continue to stand with our sisters and brothers from ILWU Unit 60 until Alaska Logistics reverses it course.</p> <p>“Possehl Erzkontor GmbH (Peter Cremer) and Alaska Logistics must be held accountable, it is time for Possell Erzkontor to intervene to ensure that no further harm is done to the workers’ community,” said Paddy Crumlin.</p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/dockers" hreflang="en">dockers </a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--45" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194771&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="A_90PQz9NPCR4wEA00QpFqKc7eg-rzkQkDg_lMuRPC0"></drupal-render-placeholder> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Tue, 09 Jun 2020 23:25:58 +0000 Rory_M 194771 at ILA, ILWU dockers stop work to honour George Floyd, call for racial justice <span class="field-title">ILA, ILWU dockers stop work to honour George Floyd, call for racial justice</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/ILA%2C%20ILWU%20Action%20BLM%20Web_colour_0.png?itok=Lah_Dwzb" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Tue, 06/09/2020 - 23:21</span> <div class="field-field_image_caption">Members of the ILA and ILWU stopped work on both coasts to honour George Floyd and call for racial justice.</div> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Today thousands of American transport workers from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) are stopping work and calling for justice for George Floyd and countless others who suffered before him.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The ILWU members are stopping work for nine minutes – the same amount of time George Floyd’s neck was knelt on by the Minneapolis police officer who murdered him, while Mr Floyd begged for his life. At the same time our sisters and brothers from the ILA are holding peaceful protests in their docks for an hour. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>America’s maritime unions have a proud history of fighting injustice at home and abroad. In a statement the ILWU Longshore Division declared that “It’s time for the ILWU, in keeping with our history of fighting for racial and social justice, to be heard.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>ILWU International President Willie Adams said “Our union has a long history of confronting racism on the job, in our communities and around the world,”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Today we’re joining millions of people who are demanding justice and fundamental change. The union calls on all elected officials in local, state, and the federal government to open their eyes and hearts, to initiate real change in our current system, and root-out institutionalized racism and police brutality that have plagued our country and our citizens for far too long.  ”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>ILA International President Harold J. Daggett, said “Together we will shut down our cranes and computers; power off our equipment to pause and reflect on how we can find a way to be better as individuals and a country where all citizens should be guaranteed the same respect, freedoms and liberties.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Racial justice is union business.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--46" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194770&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="qvFfLKXXVjPHF2x-1_GQSC0qWn4-AdG0gf2QT2st2bE"></drupal-render-placeholder> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Tue, 09 Jun 2020 22:21:21 +0000 Rory_M 194770 at IFALPA-ITF key considerations on workplace safety for the resumption of global air services <span class="field-title">IFALPA-ITF key considerations on workplace safety for the resumption of global air services </span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WhatsApp%20Image%202020-06-04%20at%2013.46.03.jpeg?itok=MzRULUNZ" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/20" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">barton_linda</span></span> <span class="field-created">Fri, 06/05/2020 - 10:47</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span>As countries around the world re-open their borders to air services after the Covid-19 lockdown, there remains several health, safety and security concerns that have not yet been fully addressed by aviation regulators or employers. It is the position of the </span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations (</span></span><span><span>IFALPA) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) that an aircraft is a unique workplace and that additional precautions need to be taken into consideration for the resumption of service.     </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>These measures should be implemented for as long as necessary, and subject to regular review based on operational feedback. When more effective and less disruptive measures become available, they should be given priority.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>A phased return to full operations must be led by current scientific data and robust risk assessments that are focused on operational and human factors. For this to be successful, any study, procedure or discussion must have worker representatives at the table to share their unique knowledge and experience from the frontline.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The safety of crew and passengers should be ensured through mitigation measures including, but not limited to, public health recommendations and procedures.  We believe that the identification and implementation of best practice in these matters will play a key role to ensure both crew and public confidence in the resumption of operations.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Our view is that the most appropriate body with the authority to independently address this challenge </span></span><span><span><span>of ensuring a consistent approach to Covid-19 measures across the industry </span></span></span><span><span>is </span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>the International Civil Aviation Organization (</span></span><span><span>ICAO). It is also our view that a minimum standard must be set, and applied equally in all airports globally and onboard all aircraft. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <blockquote> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“Transport workers have a unique insight into the challenges being faced and we call on regulators and airlines to listen to the workers keeping the world connected, they are the heart and soul of the aviation industry. The safety of our members and that of passengers is paramount, we call on regulators and employers to ensure all measures are taken to ensure that the skies are safe before resuming services.” - Stephen Cotton ITF General Secretary</span></span></span></span></span></p> </blockquote> <p><span><span><span><span><span>We are calling on all aviation stakeholders to address the following concerns:</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span>On the provision and use of personal protective equipment (PPE):</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Provision should be a shared responsibility of both airports and airlines. </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Appropriate PPE (i.e. facemasks, gloves, etc.) should be provided at appropriate times and locations as per ICAO/WHO guidelines.</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>In all instances best practices should be followed on when and how to wear, remove, replace and dispose of facemasks and other PPE, and for hand hygiene after removal.</span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Social distancing:</strong> </span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Airports and operators should maximize social distancing at all times when in the airport, including ticketing, check-in, security, transportation, food and sanitation facilities, boarding areas and baggage claim, as recommended by ICAO and appropriate local public health authorities. </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Passengers should be educated and instructed on all measures implemented by airlines and airports before travel, during their airport experience and on board the aircraft.</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Deadheading or positioning crew must be afforded some social distancing while travelling as passengers based on the risk assessments and in consideration of their increased exposure to passengers.</span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Safety risk assessment:</strong> </span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Any required social distancing must be backed by joint risk assessments with all stakeholders proving that there is minimal risk to crew and passengers.</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>As part of any risk assessment, independent </span></span></span><span><span>expert observers presence is suggested</span></span><span><span><span>, as well as the assessment of different passenger loads (including full loads) </span></span></span><span><span>on a representative number of commercial flights</span></span><span><span><span> to evaluate potential issues and problems related to the implementation of these new measures.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Crewmember representatives should be included in the assessment process, in line with the </span></span><a href=""><span>ILO Policy Brief: A safe and healthy return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic</span></a><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span>Provision of testing:</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Due to the large number of people crew members and airport workers come into contact within their workplace, they should have access to early, reliable and efficient COVID-19 testing. </span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span>Contact tracing:</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Worker representatives should have access to information on the number of workplace cases of COVID-19 and the rates of exposure.</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Crew members should be immediately notified by employers of their exposure to infected passengers and/or colleagues, and where appropriate tested.</span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> </ul> <blockquote> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“It is vitally important that all aviation workers are confident that every possible measure has been put in place to ensure their workplace is safe. It’s time to provide the same safeguards in the air that we would expect on the ground.” - Captain Jack Netskar, IFALPA President</span></span></span></span></span></p> </blockquote></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--47" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194757&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="LoDFoO8P9oxanZa_AxmDggtHJYsr5ZkzgXeKwSEI7lU"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52898" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52898 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52898" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1591549146"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Seafarer</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 4 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>So much care for crew of airflight but we are still stay in prison. When will you start really care for seafarers? There is no respect to our jobs, just descrimination.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52898&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="hGPhVjsHWRfn4dOECuTyzP9pl3OgWq7KY1h1e62Rtak"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </section> Fri, 05 Jun 2020 09:47:24 +0000 barton_linda 194757 at ITF affiliated unions celebrate centennial anniversary of the Jones Act on 5th June, 2020 <span class="field-title">ITF affiliated unions celebrate centennial anniversary of the Jones Act on 5th June, 2020</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/jones-act-banner.jpg?itok=YDmOy1Dz" width="1690" height="951" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/20" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">barton_linda</span></span> <span class="field-created">Fri, 06/05/2020 - 10:05</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span>ITF affiliated unions in the USA along with hundreds of thousands of seafarers are celebrating 100 years of the Jones Act – the law that requires cargo be moved from one domestic US port to another on board US crewed, flagged, built and owned vessels.<br /> <br /> The Jones Act has been crucial to the US maritime industry. It has ensured that  workers in US  shipyards and seafarers working aboard ships in the US domestic trade are employed in safe and well-paid jobs. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>“The Jones Act remains a pillar of not only the United States maritime industry, but also our country’s national, economic and homeland security,” stated Seafarers International Union (SIU) President Michael Sacco. “It’s a source of family-wage jobs both on the water and ashore. It protects our nation in so many ways.”</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Since it was enacted, the Jones Act has enjoyed broad bipartisan support from the White House and throughout the halls of Congress. US Congress. <span><span>Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, released the following statement on the 100th anniversary of the Jones Act: </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“<em>The bedrock principles and protections of the Jones Act are as essential today as they were when the bill was passed a century ago. We are, at our core, a maritime nation. The U.S. merchant marine enables the country to project force anywhere around the globe and ensures the security of our waters at home. We cannot be complacent in our defense of the Jones Act, which remains a critical component of U.S. maritime and military strategy.”</em></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Chairman Maloney went on to say,<em> </em>“Throughout our history, the Army has relied on U.S.-flagged commercial vessels and American mariners to carry weapons and supplies and ferry troops to the battlefield. We’ve confronted many challenges since its inception, but the Jones Act has ensured that the men and women of the merchant marine have been there to meet them.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>The Jones Act and the protections and benefits it affords to domestic seafarers in the US is internationally lauded by ITF affiliated maritime unions. It is the standard towards which other national seafarers and their unions strive to achieve, since it protects the right and opportunity to work in their national trade on higher national wages and working conditions. The Jones Act also helps to raise global wages and working conditions for seafarers in international trades through its establishment of such high standards.</span></span><br /> <br /> <span><span>Over the years, there have been several attempts by foreign interests to dismantle the Jones Act but the US unions supported by their seafarers, their social partners and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) have vigorously defended the Jones Act against all attacks.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>ITF Cabotage task Force Chair and President of SIU Canada James Given said: “The ITF congratulates US seafarers and their unions on the 100-year anniversary of the Jones Act. We will continue to give our full support to our sisters and brothers to defend the Jones Act against foreign companies that want to use foreign flagged vessels so that they can undermine US wages and working conditions that have been so hard fought for and won.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“The Seafarers’ Rights International 2018 study found that over 90 countries have some type of cabotage law to protect their maritime industry, but the Jones Act is still the “flagship” of cabotage laws and seafarers’ unions worldwide stand together to ensure that national conditions for national seafarers in national trade are not eroded by Flag of Convenience vessels. Let’s continue to raise the bar for the seafarers and the maritime industry,” Given added.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>On this day of reflection and celebration for US maritime labour, the ITF commends the hard work and dedication of its US affiliates who have fought diligently to maintain this important Act and all the benefits it yields to working men and women both throughout the USA and internationally.</span></span></p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--48" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194760&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="8vmUtlyHuLvFEbazFglcjKL4rx7dNHazWAGppwJ_NlA"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52893" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52893 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52893" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1591491713"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Mr.Ohn Thwin (Fitter)</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Now my salary is not comming ,I hope that ITF can help me because my company has too much deduction in my salary more than half they did not give.they did not follow international standards for giving the saferer the right benifits</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52893&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="YMT44-BJmTpc9SySrC7_EcLAOKzv0nYd8rQALQ96iz4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52897" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52897 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52897" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1591548878"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Engineer</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 4 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>what labour act are telling about??? You are celebrating onshore when thousands of seafarers work like slaves. Where are our right, compensation or at least action for crew changes.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52897&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="Ai_wfEmsh1t4sQnI2YElQdRHWRDUjirr7sJ07NoaAU8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53245" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53245 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53245" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592534635"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Sahil Rana</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>16 month experience general cargo ship interested job my WhatsApp number contact number 8708055702...9416317208</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53245&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="KpjUUxTLTAiboCpmS5wvUVfzNgi7gb8FwzVdLNQk8HI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </section> Fri, 05 Jun 2020 09:05:04 +0000 barton_linda 194760 at Racial justice is union business, ITF stands committed to the struggle <span class="field-title">Racial justice is union business, ITF stands committed to the struggle</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Minneapolis_Unrest.jpg?itok=Vs1ryKoh" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/112" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">luke_m</span></span> <span class="field-created">Wed, 06/03/2020 - 10:31</span> <div class="field-body"><p>The murder of George Floyd on 25 May 2020 is the most recent manifestation of the systemic racism, violence and inequality that has oppressed people of colour historically in communities worldwide. This latest act of violence in the US, despite its long history of civil rights activism, comes as another shocking reminder of the ongoing gravity of this international crisis.<br />  <br /> Trade unionists and the labour movement have led with our commitment that “An injury to one is an injury to all”. This foundational principle – and organising and rallying cry – is at the heart of campaigns against racial, ethnic, gender-based, religious, political and industrial abuse, discrimination and exploitation.<br />  <br /> It was central to the ITF industrial campaign in the South African struggle against apartheid amongst many other campaigns. Echoes of these struggles now ring in the ears of the victims of violence inflicted on African-Americans, on people of colour, on ethnic minorities, on the poor, and on workers across America and of course in many other countries across the globe.<br />  <br /> Racism, violence and inequality are workplace and community issues. All workers and their unions must fight for equality, peace and justice for all. This always has been, and always will be union business.<br />  <br /> The killing of George Floyd is the latest abhorrent, deeply divisive and unacceptable face of a deeply embedded racial divide in the world, and the US specifically. The coronavirus death rate across US where African Americans have died from the disease at almost three times the rate of white Americans is reflected in many other countries due to poverty, poor social support and economic and political discrimination. This lies at the heart of deeply-rooted racial inequality and injustice.<br />  <br /> The world’s transport workers have a long, proud history of being part of civil rights, human rights and social justice movements. Over the weekend, union bus drivers in Minneapolis and New York refused to transport police officers or protesters to jail. We are deeply proud and honoured to stand beside and behind these workers, our members and our affiliated unions who are bravely acting in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.<br />  <br /> The ITF, and the almost 20 million transport workers we continue to represent, unreservedly support the struggle for justice personified in George Floyd’s death with every fibre of our historical courage and determination.<br />  <br /> We stand steadfastly in solidarity with the oppressed and their communities in the US, and all workers similarly discriminated against around the world.<br />  <br /> An injury to one remains an injury to all! <br />  <br /> In solidarity,<br /> Paddy Crumlin, ITF President<br /> Stephen Cotton, ITF General Secretary</p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--49" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52818" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52818 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52818" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1591188839"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Suchittar Kumar Sharma</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>I am a seafarer &amp; has delt with ITF<br /> ITF is only concerned for their cuts not interested in the Justice &amp; welfare of workers.</p> <p>ITF too has racesim as they are only taking interest in western countries workers.</p> <p>I hv suffered in the hand of their inspector to the tune of about 100000 USD. </p> <p>Intially he refused to take our case but after having some settlement with company &amp; their representative.<br /> After that he made plan by frightening us for life threat from company &amp; assured us that he will get our wages secured though court &amp; reach us safely to court.<br /> But after reaching court he changed colour &amp; got us a small amount paid through one intermediate lawyer planted by him &amp; charged 10000 USD from that amount, on the other hand I lost 100,000 USD.<br /> This is the true face of ITF.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52818&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="t1e3WAo9EmB2jkrwsHaRtR968UmLqvWVMuzZ5L041qo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52820" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52820 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52820" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1591196641"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/52818#comment-52818" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Suchittar Kumar Sharma</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Tommy Molloy</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Dear Suchittar, the circumstance you describe would be of great concern to ITF if substantiated. Clearly you feel you have suffered some detriment or you would not have taken the time to respond to this story.</p> <p>Without the detail it is difficult to respond with any degree of confidence or knowledge of the case. For all we know you might not be a seafarer. You might have had a personal fallout with an individual ITF associate or you might be a shipowner who ITF have held to account. This is, after all, a public forum and anyone can claim to be anyone else and say whatever they like to make mischief. ITF must be careful that this is not the case.</p> <p>On the other hand, if you are genuine then your claims need to be properly investigated and if you can co-operate with us to provide all the relevant information you will be kept fully informed of developments.</p> <p>Therefore, can I ask that you write to ITF Inspectorate Co-ordinator Steve Trowsdale at: and provide him with the name and imo number of the ship, the port and the name of the ITF Inspector you refer to. If we do not hear from you or if you do not wish for the matter to be investigated we will publish that under your post in order that subsequent readers can make their minds up as to the validity of the claims. If you help us to investigate we will also publish the outcome underneath your post.</p> <p>Finally, I can assure you and any other readers that even if your experience is accurate it is NOT the true face of ITF. It would be an aberration that we would want to rectify.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52820&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="4k4Vlfuz1PzYPXOOp4uJmrLdWSFYHWjgoAUZ0C9px-E"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52826" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52826 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52826" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1591247033"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">THOMAS SEBASTIAN</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>The Indian Dockers extend all support for all actions of the ITF and also the Affiliated Unions to ensure justice and Human Rights to the affected. We pledge to end the evil effects of racism all over the world.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52826&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="OojrsYHRVlEi38mUO-oA6O3TXL2g9YEfMM1YojT9ZRQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52829" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52829 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52829" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1591258644"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Rachik hamid</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>The racist is one who thinks that everything that is too different from him threatens him in his tranquility.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52829&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="oyjp0t9kJEer5PeZ3P-od9xgnlbXAQhn8iYIUxa0EI8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52899" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52899 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52899" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1591549651"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Seafarer</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 4 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>There is a lot of discrimination around the world. So easy to announce something when other people already started to act. Where is struggle for seafarers? How about such kind of discrimination? You are waiting when seafarers will start strikes for struggle of our rights for repatriation...</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52899&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="yut3SibO35BeqSQR1ClyY2UC8Tr8o59GBlt7udi2Txs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52939" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52939 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52939" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1591691675"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Леонид</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 4 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Кому интересно, прочитайте про преступления Флойда.. Тогда станет всё понятно.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52939&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="oG8oiVSQDUSd-tP2iSPhP7bSFNP29_jePNXwMBpwqR4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </section> Wed, 03 Jun 2020 09:31:22 +0000 luke_m 194756 at ITF affiliates in US, Ukraine up pressure on national governments over crew change crisis <span class="field-title">ITF affiliates in US, Ukraine up pressure on national governments over crew change crisis</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Crew%20Change%20Crisis_0.png?itok=WuK76EPh" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Sat, 05/30/2020 - 23:55</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">The trade union movement is increasing its pressure on governments to address the escalating crew change crisis affecting an estimated 200,000 seafarers is stepping up, this week American and Ukrainian unions joined their Australian sisters and brothers in calling for change.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The presidents of six US maritime unions have <a href="">contacted</a> the US Secretary of State and the US Secretary of Defense with an urgent call to facilitate overseas relief for American mariners. Signing the letter were SIU President Michael Sacco; AMO President Paul Doell; MEBA President Marshall Ainley; MM&amp;P President Don Marcus; SUP President Dave Connolly; and MFOW President Anthony Poplawski.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The union leaders say US mariners are “trapped aboard cargo ships, unable to leave or return home due to extreme Covid-19 lockdown measures.” They warn that the “humanitarian crisis, if not resolved as soon as possible, may threaten the essential supply chain for some 200,000 active U.S. military personnel now serving overseas”.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“It is inconceivable that the United States – the wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth, with military bases, planes and facilities all over the globe – cannot relieve its own mariners who are stranded at sea. To date, however, our efforts to address this problem with members of your respective departments have yielded no results. That’s why we are bringing this issue to your attention.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The six US unions were joined Thursday by a letter sent from Mykhailo Kirieiev, Chairman of the Marine Transport Workers’ Trade Union of Ukraine (MTWTU) to his Prime Minister and President. The MTWTU is one of the largest seafarers’ unions in the world and is a member union of the ITF.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alongside ITF General Secretary Steve Cotton, the MTWTU urged Ukraine’s leaders to “take all possible measures to protect the rights and legitimate interests of Ukrainian seafarers, to ensure the proper implementation of the recommendations, provided by international organizations, aimed to facilitate the movement of seafarers and marine personnel”.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Seafarers must be able to carry out regular crew changes, meaning Ukraine must introduce “exceptional regulations” that would allow the world’s seafarers to move across Ukraine’s borders and use air and other travel to get home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">This follows <a href="">calls</a> from ITF president Paddy Crumlin, on behalf of the ITF and the Maritime Union of Australia, to the Australian Prime Minister to provide immediate and holistic national leadership to avert this emerging humanitarian crisis.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">The American and Ukrainian calls add pressure to the global campaign to have governments treat seafarers, dockers and fishers as ‘key workers’ during the pandemic, and afford them the decency and respect befitting these workers’ sacrifice and contribution through a turbulent time. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">Under maritime conventions, if seafarers have been on board for too many months, the ship can be stopped by port state control authorities.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">The risk of serious consequences of not acting are growing for governments as an increasing number of trapped seafarers are struggling with deteriorating mental health and rising fatigue while still having to safely operate the vessels that global trade and billions of people, and voters, rely on.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--50" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194750&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="07m9qWAyK4BkLjsytg4p4Y2krkRfhx_Q1NXt5xSfJms"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52721" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52721 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52721" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590891092"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">A disturbed seafarers</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>US is more keen to get their seafarers from other countries, on the contrary they are not allowing any crew change in US ports. CBP is imposing strict restrictions with no crew change at all for foreign nationalities with valid US Visa... I believe US should start allow the crew changes and then they can expect other countries to follow them..</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52721&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="cKPHVvQ3_iO6fdTZRkQ0rNElVHIDMYrCFESVNoczEFo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52723" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52723 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52723" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590901129"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">financial very weak seafarers</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>I am from India. I joined new company and waiting to join ship since long time at home. Now I feel like I am waiting at home that when grocery of my home will finish. I have kid.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52723&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="WQAIw-vlSTGB9d5IJWctOIlDDOrdDc2qVQN6BAjluYo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52741" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52741 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52741" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590919053"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">tired and stress seafarer</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>please include also here in kuwait. we cannot have crew change because they dont release visa.. our contract is finished on March 22 and we are still here.. please help us .. we want to go home . we want to see our family .. please.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52741&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="mEgfkdU_oaaFxd-gWMohgD2FU54GHKLKaEEf_6I_Sg8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52748" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52748 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52748" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590936914"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Tired seaferer Indian</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>My contract finished feb still am in onboard its my 11 month.. we are not stayed onboard from 1or 2 months why govt's comparing with all peoples this is our work after clear this covid all peoples will stay in home but seaferers again onboard plz dont play with our feelings we are not animals we are hard workers we will tired within 6 or 7months we can't stop work also we cant work.. Am not single in my vessel total 14 indian sailors waiting for aign off almost 11,9 months finised..</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52748&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="Dm6nxU5V24sB7dB1bizmkqlSJ5xBM6hFG6jNYGGpqG4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52749" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52749 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52749" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590940100"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Sailor Jack</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Нашли к кому обратится...они убивают всю<br /> морскую индустрию в Украине, люди ошеломлены или бегут. Плюют на всех,начиная со своих граждан и заканчивая ИМО. </p> <p>;d=n&amp;vh=e</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52749&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="nR0cFlW8RCxVSf6lajsCEe_c5Kpmez2dXOpAYraLUNk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52751" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52751 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52751" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590953269"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Hector Herrera </div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Good day, i am C/O that suppouse to join the last May 15th but i'm stuck in Colombia since lockdown starts 3 month ago. Fligth restriction in Colombia extend apparently of beggining of september but not sure. This is not my country and i need to relief my polish coworker. I need assitance in this matter.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52751&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="2RYOQsJxCg-uiWV39WtlxwqGSRhvP70MN650Oa4sMNI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52760" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52760 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52760" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1591007471"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Engineer</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Are you kidding? When will be real action? Why just some useless letters? It looks like seafarers have to take control for situation alone and start strikes onboard. Contracts are over but even not force owner to pay double or triple,you letters are nothing for governments and owners. There are crews more than 11 month onboard and even more than 12...the company just forces to sign extension and does not reply for mails about crew change. Where is respect to our work? Where are promised actions? Where is your protection? Stop all vessels!no trades!let crew rests like it must be when contracts are over!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52760&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="UKf8EDOEDlJNslAOHXrVvxikIKoKbp1BGn-GFRz1WX8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52977" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52977 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52977" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1591904778"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/52760#comment-52760" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Engineer</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Action Man</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>We need to organise and stop the ships without hoping that ITF, IMO or whatever will help us.... Let's joing one Whatsapp or Telegram group. I you need something to be done do it yourself ! #COVID19 STOP SHIPS 4 CREW CHANGE.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52977&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="hC8PfkSMzEHCxAZM7SxXonoZ-15JJaSx5p6jCJeoJDA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52761" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52761 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52761" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1591012483"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Maureen Chota Zunda, tata zambia international.</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Good day collegues,<br /> It's a pit the is no crew change with this covid</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52761&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="X2UWaVImmwgOUtwNLGi_d4iSEq-IP0KQLTHfW0tGxRU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52772" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52772 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52772" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1591043294"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Sailor Jack</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Оооо, я кажется понял. В Украине специально уже ввели безумные цены на документы,чтобы моряков в Украине не осталось. Таким образом вопрос и о сменах в ближайшем будущем будет решен раз и навсегда) работает оказанное давление оказывается!!! Все молодцы!!!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52772&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="G7LzYGz_9FUiX8vcM7IHQ2k6qfKiJvM-k7ePmv-m52I"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52777" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52777 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52777" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1591063980"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Seaferer</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Shame on the entire world countries that are prohibiting crew to fly out and return home to their families...especially their own citizens.</p> <p>All of the MLC and ITF rules are non existing and this is the proof that the efficiency of those is equal to ZERO! And always was.</p> <p>Imagine your kids are stuck somewhere like this...and they cant return home for political decisions of some arrogant individual...<br /> World can be ashamed, and the IMO too... You should all be ashamed, but you don't care, you just pretend.</p> <p>We will never forgive you this; one day when you come onboard inspecting and telling us about crew rights.<br /> There are no even basic human rights here.</p> <p>What are you going to do to change government minds??<br /> "Nothing can be done at this moment".<br /> We heard this already...</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52777&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="_bMjXQfrwOkmVX04FnNLva63OB7r-AP-lNu2kPudekk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52789" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52789 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52789" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1591101221"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Ali baba</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>NATO: No Action Talk Only!!!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52789&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="G7JP_A2eQ9p47-a-4qPMMrUH0LSfWgztyfKJhL-_cyg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52791" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52791 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52791" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1591112517"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Seafarer</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Please have look on situation in China.<br /> Non Chinese seafarers cannot sing off.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52791&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="OQm1PqudhIpC0bp1RfeTsQroaMwGHe3iRkxohcPxesw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52793" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52793 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52793" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1591115654"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">costa </div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Looks like the seafarers have to rise the sound of STRIKE,STRIKE STRIKE</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52793&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="MwuDFy5MwGgchGroAUCr_jKHcHsUG3nC2b-mm2zce_Y"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52830" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52830 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52830" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1591291809"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Arty</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Whatever you saying about rights protection and increasing pressure, it's already 3 months since Covid restrictions began nothing changes... Nobody onboard of our container ship believes in this actions. We're stuck onboard, and owner even refused to supply foods in same quantity as before. This Covid is very good chance for all companies to save their money and hide from responsibility!!! Disasters will come soon, tension increasing...</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52830&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="48Q6ZZCGRwqv5Z2eM5_blvuMFPCW7wGevXYOXcfDSvw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </section> Sat, 30 May 2020 22:55:40 +0000 Rory_M 194750 at ILO, IMO and ICAO urge governments to act on crew change, ‘key worker’ status <span class="field-title">ILO, IMO and ICAO urge governments to act on crew change, ‘key worker’ status</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/ILOIMOICAO.jpeg?itok=FOSp0PQW" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/112" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">luke_m</span></span> <span class="field-created">Thu, 05/28/2020 - 13:00</span> <div class="field-body"><p>The leaders of the world’s highest maritime, aviation and labour authorities have issued a<a href=""> joint statement</a> calling on governments to facilitate maritime crew changes and designate the millions of workers in critical transport industries through the present pandemic as ‘key workers’.</p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span>Fang Liu (International Civil Aviation Organization), Kitack Lim (International Maritime Organization) and Guy Ryder (International Labour Organization) say that the aviation and maritime transport sectors, along with fisheries industry, are too important to global supply chains to have any disruption caused by government restrictions preventing crew change and travel.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span>“Our three Organizations seek to ensure that seafarers, marine personnel, fishing vessel personnel, offshore energy sector personnel, aviation personnel, air cargo supply chain personnel, service provider personnel at airports and ports are designated as ‘key workers’, regardless of nationality, to exempt them from travel restrictions, to ensure their access to emergency medical treatment and, if necessary, to facilitate emergency repatriation,” said the leaders.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span>The international bodies also urged governments to remove restrictions stopping crew from </span></span></span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span>disembarking from ships in port. Currently, many transport workers cannot transit through a territory to an airport or other transport hub for a crew change and repatriation home. They say repatriation flights must be sped up.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span>“</span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>We are seeking the support of Governments to facilitate crew changes, operations essential to maintain the global cargo supply chains and operations related to humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights. For humanitarian reasons – and the need to comply with international safety and employment regulations – crew changes cannot be postponed indefinitely,” they said.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span>Governments have been encouraged to grant all </span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>seafarers, fishers, offshore energy workers, and aviation and airports workers exemptions from national travel- and health-related restrictions in order to facilitate the resumption of crew changes on ships and aircraft, and in airports and cargo facilities. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span>The call adds pressure on governments to act urgently on maritime crew changes. Approximately 200,000 seafarers are currently stuck on board vessels across the world, unable to relieved by fresh crew due to the Covid-19 restrictions brought in by governments across the world.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span>The 16th of June is looming as the deadline given by the ITF and maritime employers for governments to implement the IMO protocols that would make crew changes possible.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span>The ITF has warned that the restrictions must be removed to avoid any shutdown in global trade.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><em><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span>Click here to see the full <a href="">Joint Statement</a> which includes further details on the specific actions needed by governments.</span></span></span></em></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span>To support the campaign for a crew change, you can sign the Seafarers Matter Petition here: </span></span></span></strong><a href=""><span><span></span></span></a></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/civil-aviation" hreflang="en">civil aviation</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--51" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194744&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="7PqoRbnkyxHD71DIJduifbqtt6b1plSEnGHYWQP4-u8"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52661" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52661 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52661" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590687988"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Chief Officer </div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>We are slaves ! IMO and ITF are you blind ? Only one way to respect seafarers- to STOP all vessels !</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52661&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="_DPo6-adgCsQk3sTuh8Y_HfkrhGK8KzCO39qE0tsdLI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53060" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53060 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53060" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592147234"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/52661#comment-52661" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Chief Officer </a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">2nd</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>I agree for that..<br /> Africa is completly out, why??</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53060&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="ZoZVmsUyRSs_tuAEw-dnFAYOUArYwCa6UrRBgoAZTlc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52667" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52667 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52667" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590702873"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Alex</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Words,words,words.... useless</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52667&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="ctKi_KRw2K5GryTlda3K3wVvf1J2S3fTl-avjVYMpYI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52668" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52668 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52668" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590702893"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Alex</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Words,words,words.... useless</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52668&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="aNfZXswCMawpEXJ98qDQHFb4gwjycNWJG8xvQfsCA5U"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52679" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52679 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52679" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590736504"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Thiyagarajan Kam</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Let see your show after Jun 15</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52679&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="ty4L596F0MwHqUBTcbKFriA96DSZvLtqOuC5p9CvFGg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52683" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52683 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52683" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590768310"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Slave</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Oh!!!! What will you do on 16.06.20? Will you make one more guidenance that can be used as toilet paper? Deadline or deathline?</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52683&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="3NmSOa3JPC3fr9G71Xhfdye1gL7wn7tyQJmFFG5l63k"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52684" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52684 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52684" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590773462"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Hope</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Hope action is taken soonest, crew members onboard are getting restless, which may hamper critical operations and lead to hunan casualities. Our ship is stuck in panana- with master completing 9 month ( contract was for 4 month) and 2 crew completing 13months (contract was for 9month) . Ship name LIKA TOKYO , MANAGERS ARKA MARINE GLOBAL SRRVICES LLC, DUBAI</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52684&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="MgeBe37DBrBXPQoUQVANVfXhAlwJ9pjEz_4ggT2Lykw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52698" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52698 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52698" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590808496"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Master of disaster</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Gentlemen,<br /> there is no future!</p> <p>IMO recommends…. has no power against others than Owners and Seamen and overregulates our<br /> professional life in the name of SOLAS, MARPOL, and other convention, detoured to fill up their<br /> pockets with dirty money. They release all this from the Pandora box of their greed and made place for all<br /> the abuse we are experiencing by governments officials when Vsl.'s goes alongside. Even<br /> the MLC, the hope, is turned against us and now scrapped by mostly all governments in the name of fighting against a diesis which keels about 5 % of the infested persons.<br /> The lockdown leads to famine and will push the people to fight for survival.This lead to war and genocide. Not 5%, but 95% of population may die and lets the Global leaders to live and rule forever, over an ease to control, limited numbers of slaves.</p> <p>For us: an extra check list and a risk assessment, with the fear of loosing our place of work is doing the rest.</p> <p>We must go home and strive to survive or die , along with our families.</p> <p>We are already on Japanese strike.<br /> Next will do it Italian , that means "pole-pole"....<br /> Furthermore ,I will stop the Vsl. for few hrs. , and go angling;<br /> strike against Mondial Governments Syndicates of crimes against Humanity.<br /> And so on , I will stop for 1 day, and so far..... up to cold store is full of fish.</p> <p>There is nothing to loose, there is no future and this is not life.</p> <p>We need the seamen's key workers status now, with the<br /> support of all entities doing profit from shipping, or they<br /> will pay the bill.</p> <p>This industry is nothing without us and telegraph is on our hands.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52698&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="x4Ja5SMX1QtNNbwCRAtjgXFNu04lN7gF6le2DHpmUZI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52717" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52717 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52717" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590883411"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">谢泽利</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>I am a Cadet from China. Now I have been working at sea for more than 12 months. I really want to go home and reunite with my family We seamans have made a tremendous contribution to the world, and we ask the world to give us seamans the most basic dignity</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52717&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="AttzpJzIHkGPWayHFFynPN2XAi5AcJTKEDV-zalBz4k"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52744" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52744 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52744" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590923622"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Chief Officer</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>The only way to make these countries listen is not to call these ports anymore with ships. If they are all afraid of crew Changes, we better avoid delivering anything with countries refusing Crew changes. That is the only solution. Nothing else will work. Once they realize that supermarkets are getting empty they will know what we do for them.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52744&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="b9QkU6An9x5Rq68h_Rp_AiPVhqqhBRL9htjdy-QLu3I"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52773" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52773 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52773" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1591044694"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/52744#comment-52744" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Chief Officer</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Engineer</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Do you believe it?? They will not do nothing. It dirty and corrupted world! They all have they parts and seafarers are slaves. All industry is based on us but we can't refuse work because nobody protect us. It really that solas,marpol,imo are increasing just pressure on crew with their demands and no improving for us. No mlc, no Itf, no life with our family's it's what we deserved by our hard's big shame!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52773&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="7YvGaRc0bwDNYARE2RbAnOP1GGJM9sJ6J4yU_kc_Dyk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52824" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52824 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52824" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1591243932"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">ABHIRUP PAUL</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>I would urge IMO to stop all the vessels for 24 hours and let's see what reaction comes out from the world. Understanding must always be to and fro.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52824&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="9LHsU_wys3wWjQDiVWHLNtj_3lFa1WlUOeDyzpcAom8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53007" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53007 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53007" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592011207"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Eto</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>My father suffered a paralysis attack and in hospital ...cannt go home to take care of my father n family...<br /> Plz facilitate more charter flights...and make more pressure on shipping company is not doing anythjng for sign off for the crew....they are only intending to save money of crew change.....other companies are doing creq change by charter flights they are keeping us as captive on the excuse of covid_19</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53007&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="vtpVmmg_fjB0-AXd40vvobfxZyCtlQRjdI5ahm-ihKA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </section> Thu, 28 May 2020 12:00:59 +0000 luke_m 194744 at ITF demands safe and sustainable railways for all <span class="field-title">ITF demands safe and sustainable railways for all</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WhatsApp%20Image%202020-05-27%20at%2013.38.28.jpeg?itok=zMMHbH9E" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/20" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">barton_linda</span></span> <span class="field-created">Wed, 05/27/2020 - 15:01</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span>Rail has the potential to be one of the most powerful tools to reverse the crises of inequality, climate change and COVID-19, whilst keeping the global economy moving. The rail infrastructure could be the bedrock of sustainable supply chains and a new economic model based on public goods and needs, instead of profit and private interest. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Privatisation and subcontracting have weakened &nbsp;global supply chains and, as a result, our response to and recovery from crises: public ownership and investment is the only means of making the railway sector a sustainable solution to these crises.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A well-funded and democratic railway sector is one of the great equalizers for society. Job mobility, public health, and skilled, well-paid employment increase when governments cooperate with trade unions, passengers, and impacted communities to develop and maintain rail networks. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Privatisation and subcontracting pose significant health and safety risks to passengers and all railway workers. Privatisation reduces public accountability and transparency. Serious health and safety threats, including the transmission of COVID-19, are more likely to be monitored, identified and remedied in systems that are publicly owned and where working terms and conditions are defined through collective bargaining. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Subcontracted railway workers, including cleaning, catering and administrative staff, are disproportionately in precarious, informal and non-standard forms of employment (NSFE). Without sufficient job security and social protection, these workers are sometimes forced to work when tired, stressed or unwell. This poses serious safety risks, especially if the COVID-19 virus is present within the workplace, community or supply chain. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Women are over-represented in typically subcontracted roles such as cleaning, catering and administration. This disproportionately excludes them from additional safety protection, higher standards of pay, enhanced terms and conditions, social protection and collective bargaining.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Publicly-owned, reinvested, integrated rail must be at the heart of a new economic model. Privatisation and subcontracting is unsafe, unfair and unsustainable. Long-term financial support for railways must be conditional on the fulfilment of public interests, including democratic accountability, decent work and equality. Rail is a public good – we must ensure it is strong enough to help prevent and reverse future crises. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The ITF calls upon <strong>governments</strong> and <strong>rail authorities</strong> to negotiate with trade unions to:</span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US"><span>Guarantee the</span></span><span lang="EN-US"> health and safety </span><span lang="EN-US"><span>of all rail workers and passengers</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</h3> <p><span><span><span>1. Recognise COVID-19 as an<strong> occupational disease</strong>; </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>2. Guarantee adequate and appropriate <strong>personal protective equipment (PPE)</strong> and <strong>access to sanitary facilities</strong> for all workers;<sup><a href="#_ftn1"><span><span><span lang="EN-US"><span><span>[1]</span></span></span></span></span></a></sup></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>3. Identify threats<strong> </strong>to and new pressures on workers health, rights and welfare, and develop and implement workplace responses, including standardised social distancing protocols and protections against violence at work and gender-based occupational segregation;</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>4. Provide <strong>access to free healthcare,</strong> and <strong>access to medical</strong> testing, treatment, training, equipment and facilities for training <strong>for all workers</strong>;</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>5. Guarantee <strong>paid leave</strong>, in the form of <strong>sick pay</strong> or holiday pay, from the first day of leave, for all workers;</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>6. Improve scheduling, days of work and working hours to protect jobs and the health and safety of workers;</span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US"><span>Safeguard</span></span><span lang="EN-US"> workers’ rights </span><span lang="EN-US"><span>to safeguard passenger safety</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</h3> <p><span><span><span>7. Respect the <strong>right </strong><strong>to withdraw</strong> from a work situation that presents an imminent and serious danger to their life or health, without fear of retaliation;</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>8. Enforce<strong> </strong><strong>ILO Conventions</strong> regarding freedom of association, collective bargaining, forced labour, discrimination, violence and harassment at work, gender-based occupational segregation, and occupational health and safety for all workers;</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>9. Protect the <strong>privacy and personal information </strong>of workers, and share with trade unions any data contributing to corporate decision-making; </span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US"><span>Protect</span></span><span lang="EN-US"> pay, conditions </span><span lang="EN-US"><span>and </span></span><span lang="EN-US">jobs</span></span></span></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</h3> <p><span><span><span>10. Guarantee the <strong>full income, terms and conditions and employment</strong> of all rail workers during the COVID-19 crisis and any future disruptions to rail; </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>11. Recognise and compensate the <strong>key role of transport workers</strong> through line of duty and enhanced compensation and benefits, including access to compensation in the case of injury or death;</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>12. Negotiate a <strong>fair and transparent distribution of the impact</strong> of the COVID-19 crisis and any future disruptions across the industry;</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>13.<strong> End precarious and non-standard forms of work</strong> in the rail network and supply chain to protect the health, safety and welfare of all workers and passengers; </span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US"><span>Build</span></span><span lang="EN-US"> economic </span><span lang="EN-US"><span>and</span></span><span lang="EN-US"> environmental sustainability</span></span></span></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</h3> <p><span><span><span>14. Recognise and exercise their <strong>duty of care for <em>all</em> workers</strong> in their business and supply chain; <strong>r</strong><strong>educe subcontracting</strong> and outsourcing of rail services and jobs; and, where appropriate, </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>15. Increase <strong>public ownership </strong>of rail<strong> </strong>and<strong> mandate rail authorities </strong>to directly manage and/or employ all workers within the rail network, including outsourced and agency workers;</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>16. Guarantee <strong>democratic accountability</strong> in the planning, development and future of rail through worker representation in rail authorities and management;</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>17. <strong>Recognise rail as decarbonising infrastructure</strong>, with investment in electrification, as part of any environmental and decarbonisation targets, policies, strategies and spending;</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>18. <strong>Promote fair transport </strong>including, <strong>fair pricing and taxation</strong> across the whole transportation system and supply chain; </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>19. Collectively bargain<strong> </strong>with trade unions on any <strong>introduction or new use of technology and data</strong>, or changes to existing technology in the rail network; and,</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>20.<strong> Reinvest profits</strong> into debt reduction, rail modernisation, staff training, education, gender-impact assessments and measures that increase the long-term sustainability of rail.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><em>These measures must apply to all rail workers and all rail supply chain workers regardless of their job description, contractual arrangement and employment status and be responsive to different genders and migration statuses.</em></strong></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><sup><span><span><a href="#_ftnref1"><span><span><span><span><span>[1]</span></span></span></span></span></a> See <a href=""></a> </span></span></sup></p> <p><sup><span><span><a href=""></a></span></span></sup></p> <p><sup><span><span><a href=""></a> additional guidance on adequate and appropriate PPE, health and safety measures and sanitary facilities</span></span></sup></p> </div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/railways" hreflang="en">railways</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--52" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194739&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="m-ez8cmhcKlj8Y-2xtkjKS7__voQW5BHPZM9_Hgeykk"></drupal-render-placeholder> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Wed, 27 May 2020 14:01:42 +0000 barton_linda 194739 at XPO AGM: Unions demand action on health and safety to save lives <span class="field-title">XPO AGM: Unions demand action on health and safety to save lives</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WhatsApp%20Image%202020-05-27%20at%2013.56.51.jpeg?itok=8yyMiNyn" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/113" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">james_b</span></span> <span class="field-created">Wed, 05/27/2020 - 12:13</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span>Tomorrow (28 May) logistics giant XPO will hold the 2020 AGM for its European division. This comes soon after news that at least six workers across France, Italy, Britain and the Netherlands have died after contracting Covid-19.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Earlier this month, XPO workers gave evidence of poor health and safety standards to investors ahead of the company’s parallel US AGM. However, the European AGM is being held behind closed doors and shareholders are not permitted to attend online or in person.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Despite these obstacles, unions have submitted three key questions to XPO management ahead of tomorrow’s AGM:</span></span></span></span></p> <ol> <li><span><span><span><span>Does XPO have data on the number of its workers who are likely or confirmed to have contracted Covid-19, including the number who have died?</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Will XPO agree to urgently establish a Global Occupational Health and Safety Forum with unions to collaborate in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic?</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Will XPO comply with its obligation under French law to consult unions on its Vigilance Plan, in order to prevent labour abuses in its supply chain?</span></span></span></span></li> </ol> <p><span><span><span><span>On 1 October 2019, long before the Covid-19 pandemic reached Europe, unions </span><a href=""><span>issued a formal notice</span></a><span> to XPO under the French Vigilance Law. As a company headquartered in France, XPO Europe is obliged to take reasonable measures to prevent labour abuses in its supply chain, as well as report on the actions taken and their effectiveness.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>XPO initially refused to respond positively to the formal notice, but the company has now attempted to improve its very basic Vigilance Plan. While it is welcome that XPO has begun to listen to unions and work towards complying with the law, the current Plan is still insufficient.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>In particular, in revising its Plan, XPO must consult with unions representing workers in all countries where it operates. Yesterday, lawyers acting on behalf of the XPO Global Network of Unions wrote to the company to urge them to fully comply with the law, including with the requirement to consult with unions.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>ITF inland transport secretary, Noel Coard, said: “XPO has started to feel pressure from union demands to make some changes to its Vigilance Plan. However, there is still much more work to be done. XPO workers have died from Covid-19 while on the job. Although we can’t determine for sure where these workers contracted the virus, we have to wonder how much stronger XPO’s response would be if the company had been collaborating with unions internationally.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“Tomorrow, unions will once again take their demands to the XPO AGM to try and make the company see sense. Covid-19 has shown the damage that can be done by failing to consistently uphold strong labour standards. It’s time for XPO to step up and protect its workforce against the pandemic b</span><span>y setting up a Global Occupational Health and Safety Forum with unions at the table</span><span>.”</span></span></span></span></p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--53" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194737&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="uBECgmbnZ79wfAPqYn8cPmPfr7A4GHueAeiFyMhhvS4"></drupal-render-placeholder> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Wed, 27 May 2020 11:13:26 +0000 james_b 194737 at Young transport workers and Covid-19 <span class="field-title">Young transport workers and Covid-19</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WhatsApp%20Image%202020-05-27%20at%2012.30.25.jpeg?itok=K2ez2Fm_" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/20" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">barton_linda</span></span> <span class="field-created">Wed, 05/27/2020 - 12:08</span> <div class="field-body"><p><strong><span><span><span><span>Our members, the present and the future of the trade union movement </span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Young workers are at the sharp end of the devastating economic consequences brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic is affecting all aspects of people’s lives: hundreds of thousands of people have died, millions have lost their jobs and entire sectors of the global economy have ground to a halt. The pandemic’s impact on workers has been severe but unequal. While older people have been more vulnerable to the worst of the disease itself, younger people have been more acutely impacted by the devastating economic impacts.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>One in ten workers under the age of 30 has become unemployed in the last months. Over 70% of young workers have worked fewer hours and earned less compared to older workers since the pandemic. </span></span></strong><span><span>Under current circumstances, this is not expected to improve in the near future. Most young workers believe that it is very likely they will lose their jobs by August this year. Lack of networks and experience can make it more difficult for them to find other, decent, jobs and they can be pushed into work with less social and legal protection. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Young workers across the transport sector are particularly vulnerable to job losses and reduced work. They are often disadvantaged due to the relatively short length of their tenure and therefore have relatively weaker protections. Many young workers in the aviation industry lost their jobs and costs-reduction strategies implemented by airlines and airports will continue to have a negative impact on working conditions, in particular on youth employment. Similarly, hundreds of young workers in ports around the world have lost their jobs due to their contractual status.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Young people are more at risk than any other age group from automation and digitalisation. A recent ILO study shows that the kind of jobs they hold are more likely to be automatable, in whole or part.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Young workers are also overrepresented in some of the most marginalised worker categories, <strong>77% of the global youth workforce are in informal employment </strong>exacerbating their vulnerability during this crisis. Informally employed young transport workers in many cases have found their employment dry up almost overnight or are working in unsafe conditions.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The expanding non-standard forms of employment, the gig economy, particularly in urban areas, workers in food delivery and ride sharing continue to work across many of the world’s cities during the pandemic. However, despite their role in providing key services, they continue to be employed precariously, low paid with irregular hours, poor job security, weaker or no health and safety protections, no provisions for paid sick leave and little or no social protections. Due to lockdowns, gig economy workers have seen their income fall and companies take no responsibility, continuing to hide behind fake self-employment relationships. This employment relationship also means these workers are excluded from government wage subsidy and support programmes. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The growing informal economy in the global north also has an increasing number of young migrant workers. <strong>Over 70% of all international migrants are young. </strong>In 2019, over 38 million international migrants were under the age of 20. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Global inequalities mean the possibility of employment, even with exploitative conditions, leads young workers to migrate. Young migrants therefore usually live in overcrowded areas with low access to water and poor sanitation facilities. They also often have little access to information because of language and cultural barriers.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Due to their migrant status they usually cannot freely access local health care services and they need to pay for testing, care and treatment. All these conditions increase their vulnerability to the virus and lockdown measures. Across the world migrants are being stigmatised as ‘virus carriers’ and are victims of xenophobic and racist attacks. They are also locked out social security networks, including wage support and housing. Because of lockdown measures, young migrants are now jobless and stranded in places far from their homes. For international migrants, the loss of their job often means they lose their right to stay in the country, while Covid-19 related travel restrictions prevent them from returning to their country of origin. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>In time of this unprecedented crisis, <strong>many young workers are requested to continue to work and provide essential services and goods. </strong>For instance, <strong>young seafarers continue to operate </strong>while travel restrictions are disrupting crew changes and repatriation, extending their service period and working hours, keeping them separated from their families for longer than planned. Too often though young workers in other key sectors such as <strong>public transport, warehousing and logistics that keep the supply chain moving</strong>, are not provided adequate personal protective equipment and they often operate in workplaces that are not adequately equipped with sanitation facilities, facing serious risks of contracting Covid-19 and limited or no access to protection schemes. Due to these unsafe working conditions, many young workers have fallen sick and lost their lives to the coronavirus.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Job losses, unsafe working conditions, precarious livelihoods, and disruption of social relationships have made young people more susceptible to mental health crises. They have and could continue to experience emotional and psychological breakdowns which could lead to self-harming behaviour or even suicide.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Young workers must not pay the price of this crisis. They are both the present and the future of the transport industry and must be central to the recovery. In line with the ITF’s demands for workers across the various transport sectors, young workers must also be protected by: </span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Extending employment, income and health and safety provisions to all workers regardless of their employment relationship, duration of tenure or citizenship status </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Giving all migrants, regardless of their status, temporary residence to facilitate their ability to access health, financial and welfare measures</span></span></span></span></span></li> </ol> <p><span><span><span><span>Covid-19 is highlighting the critical vulnerabilities of the youth workforce, increasingly engaged in underpaid and under-protected jobs. Both Covid-19 and post-Covid-19 economic, social and political choices and priorities have to address the root causes of young workers’ vulnerability and promote youth employment such as: precarious employment relationships, hazardous working and living conditions, health and safety of workplaces, lack of equal rights for migrant workers, discrimination and informal jobs.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>Young transport workers call for Covid-19 interventions to:</span></strong></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Guarantee that all working and contract relationships ensure all young transport workers decent working conditions that fully protect and guarantee their fundamental rights at work, eradicating precarious work as well as all forms of forced and hazardous labour. </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Promote youth employment supporting the transition from school to work, offering job orientation and placement services, incentivising quality apprenticeships and ensuring entry level and youth friendly jobs, designing a set of policies “to promote full, productive and freely chosen employment” in line with the ILO Convention N122 and SDG 8.5. </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>New employment policies are required to address the impact of new technologies on the labour market (ILO N122), to secure the transition of youth to jobs at lower risk of automation that match young workers interests and skills.</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Invest in youth training and upskilling to prepare young workers to respond to new working arrangements and occupation shifts increasingly relying on digital tools and new technologies and enable them to acquire new technological skills part of an effective lifelong learning system. </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Support and campaign to build union membership, demand decent regulation, and develop new models to end gig exploitation and build fair platforms as per the ITF Platform Principles framework </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Support young informal workers in transitioning to formal, decent and safe work while providing income security and ensuring fundamental human and workers’ rights (ILO R204) </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Youth employment, skills development and stimulus packages should promote the integration of decent work and “green jobs” principles. This can be achieved by effectively pursuing environmental sustainability objectives, supporting a low carbon emission transport model and effectively contributing to the struggle for a just transition in response to climate change. </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Promote safe and secure working conditions to all workers including migrant workers, enforce their labour rights (SDG 8.8) and improve functioning of work permit and visa schemes. </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Stop discrimination and stigma. Covid-19 does not justify racism and xenophobia and the spread of racist stereotypes can be even faster than the pandemic. Governments, institutions and companies have a fundamental role in ensuring that their policies and interventions do not have any discriminatory connotations based on migration status, race and nationalities. </span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span><span>It is critical to <strong>ensure young workers’ active participation in decision making processes </strong>concerning both Covid-19 and post Covid-19 interventions. They are often under-represented in these processes while their participation and effective engagement is crucial to tackle the problems affecting their employment and working conditions. Young workers’ rights and voice needs to be included in all policy demands and responses not only to build Covid-19 related interventions but mostly to contribute to rebuild a more resilient, fair and equal economic, productive and social system. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>As ITF young transport workers, we will fight to make these changes happen, continuing to firmly advocate for workers’ rights and for a systemic change. At the same time, we will continue building power through organising campaigns and solidarity globally, crossing borders and together overcoming this unsettling time, making sure that all these demands are heard, acted upon and fully met. These are <strong>our basic rights and the sustainability of our trade union movement</strong>, which we will not give up on.  </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Our jobs, our rights, our future.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="65763e67-55d0-4da7-9581-fb5e47f49b83" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/TF-Covid-Young-Transport-Graphics_600.png" /></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/young-workers" hreflang="en">young workers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--54" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194736&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="5OQVoA9iXlhKdahBSbGcTPT97g0vKDVrUnLhVbRsOcM"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52622" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52622 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52622" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590592928"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Dennis Kamadi</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>We must stand in solidarity to protect our rights as young workers</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52622&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="c6GOh7IqLwOyD3cHUzf6_vlI9s8d4ds3YMyA2VW2Lx4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </section> Wed, 27 May 2020 11:08:55 +0000 barton_linda 194736 at UN must persuade governments to adopt crew change protocols or risk ‘humanitarian disaster’ <span class="field-title">UN must persuade governments to adopt crew change protocols or risk ‘humanitarian disaster’</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WhatsApp%20Image%202020-05-22%20at%2010.27.39%20PM.jpeg?itok=I4XfL3__" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/112" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">luke_m</span></span> <span class="field-created">Fri, 05/22/2020 - 13:37</span> <div class="field-body"><p>In a joint letter to António Guterres, the leaders of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), urged the Secretary-General to ensure governments were adopting the 12-step set of protocols issued by the UN’s own maritime regulator, the International Maritime Organization.<br />  <br /> The letter explains that “There are now over 200,000 seafarers onboard vessels worldwide who have completed their contractual tour of duty, but have been prevented from returning home. Many of these seafarers will be experiencing adverse effects on their mental health and reduced ability to safely perform their roles in the face of increasing fatigue.”<br />  <br /> “Additionally, stringent restrictions imposed by many countries, including denial of shore leave and access to essential medical assistance, is contributing to fatigue and exhaustion. We are concerned about suicide and self-harm amongst this vulnerable population of workers.”<br />  <br /> The letter highlights the responsibility of governments to adhere to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, in which states have a duty to protect human rights that are ‘built on the fundamental obligation of governments to protect rights-holders, which applies both under normal circumstances and at times of crisis.” <br />  <br /> While there has been engagement from some national governments, taking positive steps such as by designating seafarers essential workers. This provides a blueprint for other nations on what steps can be taken to resolve this issue.<br />  <br /> As thousands of seafarers face exhaustion at the helm of critical supply routes, the clock is ticking for governments.<br />  <br /> The industry had previously agreed with workers’ representatives to two contract extensions beyond the usual regulated period for time onboard due to Covid-19, the leaders say this is “not a sustainable solution”. <br />  <br /> “Time is running out. We ask action be taken immediately, ahead of 16 June 2020 - the final agreed deadline to implement crew changes for our seafarers.”<br />  <br />  <br /> Quotes attributable to Steve Cotton, General Secretary - International Transport Workers’ Federation<br />  <br /> “There are 200,000 seafarers out there right now desperate to get home to their own beds, see their families and hug their kids. They’ve been stuck on these ships, keeping global trade running since this pandemic blew up. Enough is enough – they have earned their ticket home. Now governments must make that happen.”<br />  <br /> “It’s time for governments to open their hearts, and open their borders, to the world’s seafarers. The alternative is exhausted crews and the shutting down of global trade. The world can’t afford that.”<br />  <br /> Quotes attributable to Guy Platten, Secretary General - International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)<br />  <br /> “We have addressed the letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres to signal the seriousness of this situation. Seafarers have stepped up to keep countries supplied. We now need governments to recognise this commitment by facilitating crew change for these key workers.<br />  <br /> “Since the onset of the crisis, the well-being and safety of our seafarers has been our number one priority. While progress has been made, and limited numbers of crew changes have occurred, there is a pressing need to increase the speed and scale at which national governments adopt the crew change protocols.<br />  <br /> Every day that governments fail to adopt these protocols, and fail to enable crew changes, they neglect to recognise the sacrifice made by seafarers on behalf of their populations.”<br />  <br /> Contact:<br /> ICS: Duncan Bray, +44 (0) 208 638 8753 or<br /> ITF: Luke Menzies, +61 433 889 844 or</p> <p><br /> Notes for editors<br />  <br /> Background on Crew Change:<br />  <br /> As travel restrictions swept across global economies, trade continued thanks to 1.2 million seafarers onboard ships across the world. This commitment to keeping supplies of food, fuel and goods, including vital medical supplies, has enabled governments to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic in their countries. What stopped however, was the ability of nation states to allow crews to safely rotate on and off ships at ports and return home to their countries of origin. <br />  <br /> Having identified crew change as the most significant threat facing supply chains at the onset of the crisis {LINK}, the shipping industry converged to produce a set of globally applicable protocols for national governments. <br />  <br /> Signatories</p> <p>The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) whose member shipping companies operate over 80% of the world's merchant tonnage<br />  <br /> The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) representing around 250 million workers around the world<br />  </p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--55" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194730&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="ql7w-HBT2Hb8mJtTGpmgQSt2so3wGOxrUJm3G1jsnQU"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52533" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52533 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52533" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590171944"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Pych</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Yeaaaappp, and what action will be done at real? A few days ago the management of company advised to me stay happy and positive. Nice!!!! I'm on the edge of suicide in this prison! I expected change from beginning of 2020. Just one announcement after another...stop traiding of vessels, stop support to owners and governments. Let they fill themself like I'm in prison without food that I like and my family. It's shame for all seafarers to be nobody for all other world.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52533&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="4lpFwzbApPXuwmwYfEJW0S0N9YJungHQZlV_qzntLpo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52561" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52561 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52561" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590211299"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Inderjit kumar</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>And here are we trading in High risk areas for our charters and owners. Everything is getting opened and eased up in my country but not for us because they don’t know we exist. Company is waiting for seamen’s ticket and running flights to every country’s but can’t afford charter flights. They saved hell lot of money on crew change for last 3 months but what we are getting nothing but sympathy and condolences. They will tell us to be ready for any SIRE or PSC Inspection, irony is safety of crew is not there in the books.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52561&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="hz_XbJxlhBkFiKh3kCuR6fIROsq98QkhLW2fn2u0Lqo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52562" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52562 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52562" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590211902"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Manos</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>As usual nobody gives a shit about us, human rights have gone to hell, this is forced Labour without our consent. It is time to show them what we can do as a seamans, the world cannot leave in our backs we have the power to move and to stop the global economy, So stop playing with us and let us leave like human beings and not like slaves, enough is enough!!!!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52562&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="B7b3RBh3K8DA3oY-onNArJBEn-FRPdkwMmFkQR6iIRU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52605" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52605 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52605" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590517487"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Engineer</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Very nice message. But what will be the actions of ITF after 16.06.2020. We work at Carribian sea. All coutries still close for how month nobody say. Every time we receive message to wait. How much we must wait. Month,two,three,four. Somebody stay one year on board. Untill now we don't se any actions. Nobody like to do nothing. How many seafarers must die to start crew change?Companies try keep money. Nobody like to spend more money for crew change. Because we are just slaves. For what these many maritime organizations to help us. Or it is only on the paper.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52605&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="9gglRO96JZ-piilKz33KmBc47GE6tBmeTI0T7t8Ml44"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52669" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52669 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52669" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590710457"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Seafarer</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>How long will you lie to us!?! When will be real actions? You betrayed us!!! You destroyed us!!! We must,must,must...and we are slaves here as well. It's so nice to sit at office and declare about risk. You aren't in risk when I think that there just one way to jump overboard for freedom. Company's are ignoring us and you also. Punish finally these bastards!!!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52669&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="HEcyMcFquyYg1337xMB81NIIi3_p3nEjksF7KZLPsXw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52771" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52771 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52771" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1591035557"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Master</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>I see only one way to force them move. It is sabotage of vettings, PSC, interrupt vessel's operations in ports, and stop vessels at seas just for 1-3 days.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52771&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="fOVuZsXxPcUYS-Kx7i07qr9jzFvpC0o6DGtdjcye4Hg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </section> Fri, 22 May 2020 12:37:55 +0000 luke_m 194730 at Covid-19 is not an excuse to strip workers' rights in India <span class="field-title">Covid-19 is not an excuse to strip workers&#039; rights in India</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WhatsApp%20Image%202020-05-22%20at%2008.49.14.jpeg?itok=kLG2bK_0" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/113" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">james_b</span></span> <span class="field-created">Fri, 05/22/2020 - 08:47</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span>At least six Indian states have passed laws extending working hours from the currently mandated eight hours per day to 12 hours per day, which will allow companies to extend a factory worker’s daily shift to 12 hours per day, six days a week (72 hours).</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The suspension of labour laws which protect fundamental principles and rights at work, including protection from the violation of principles of freedom of association and forced and compulsory labour has no merit, will expose workers to harm, abuse and mistreatment and as well violate the government of India’s obligations under international labour standards.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The international trade union movement unreservedly supports the Central Trade Unions’ calls for a nationwide action on 22 May 2020 to oppose the suspension of laws designed to protect Indian workers and citizens’ safety, rights and welfare during this crisis. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>For workers, these violations are occurring in the wake of an alarming series of attacks on human rights and trade unions in India, as well as gross violations of workers’ rights including non-payment of wages. We are deeply concerned that the government will push through regressive labour legislation under the guise of Covid-19 related measures as demonstrated by the repeal of the State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Services) Act 1979.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>On 11 December 2019, the government passed the Citizen Amendment Bill. This led to nationwide protests against the perceived marginalisation of Muslims. These protests were met with a disproportionate, brutal response incompatible with a functioning democracy. Every citizen of the world has the right to freedom of assembly, of expression and of association. We - the global labour movement - cannot allow these fundamental rights to be violated.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The CGU stands for all workers exercising their right to withdraw their labour to protect the lives and welfare of workers and their communities. The CGU stands against any persecution of organised labour, oppression of citizens, discrimination of vulnerable and minority communities, and any repression of workers and their trade unions. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>We stand with the workers of India – the young people, the working men and women of India – who are fighting for fairness, justice and fundamental human rights. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The CGU and ITUC call on the government of India to respect its obligations under international labour standards and ensure that states which have suspended labour laws immediately reverse these measures.</span></span></span></span></p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--56" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194728&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="WysXDhbOPPK0Ufn7fZelt3fOlfMGc1jcm52h3oV1p0A"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52532" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52532 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52532" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590168793"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Kona Vishnu</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Thank you ITF for bein with the young people, the working men and women of India fighting for fairness, justice and fundamental human rights.</p> <p>Government is a Capitalist Supportive and has absolutely zero consideration towards Working Class. The migrant workers are Worst hit &amp; Govt is turning a Nelson's Eye.</p> <p>Solidarity can only defeat the nefarious designs of the Govt.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52532&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="2_A-54N0AlyNCozPrLOGqtCRXDTErUptqc0_H6DrBuU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </section> Fri, 22 May 2020 07:47:23 +0000 james_b 194728 at IFAIMA, IFATCA, IFATSEA and ITF joint statement on Air Navigation Services <span class="field-title">IFAIMA, IFATCA, IFATSEA and ITF joint statement on Air Navigation Services</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WhatsApp%20Image%202020-05-21%20at%2014.36.44.jpeg?itok=jSSiwGb7" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/20" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">barton_linda</span></span> <span class="field-created">Thu, 05/21/2020 - 09:28</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US">During these trying times our four organisations would like to offer our deepest condolences to the families of those who lost a loved one to the pandemic. We express our sincere sympathies to those affected by the virus and the measures in place to combat the spread, and share everyone</span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA">’</span><span lang="EN-US">s concerns with regards to the long term impacts on society.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US">We understand the restriction of passenger flights is an effective mitigation to the spread. However, it must also be recognised that the efficient transit of freight flights is critical to the timely distribution of medical supplies and personnel. In a number of remote locations, it is of paramount importance to facilitate the timely operations of MEDEVAC flights; these air missions are indeed essential to transport those who require immediate and critical healthcare towards facilities that can accommodate their needs.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US">Amid this pandemic, Air Traffic Management (ATM) staff and, in particular, air traffic controllers continue to work, keeping our skies safe. They provide crucial services to the medical, humanitarian, military, repatriation and cargo flights still taking place. International organisations, governments, regulators and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) must ensure continuity of operations by complying with the health and sanitary requirements that this situation demands. They must also provide sufficient financial and regulatory support to the ANSPs to fulfil</span><span lang="DE">l</span><span lang="EN-US"> their mission<sup> [1]</sup>.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US">The International Federation of Aeronautical Information Management Associations (IFAIMA), the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Association (IFATCA),&nbsp; the International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Association (IFATSEA)&nbsp; and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) are working closely with the relevant United Nations agencies and other key international organisations to provide guidance material, gather and share best practices and offer support to those associations and professionals in need of assistance.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US">In the longer term, the COVID-19 pandemic will remain a global health emergency for the foreseeable future and has triggered an economic catastrophe. Millions of people are already suffering the dire economic circumstances as businesses shut down, income is reduced, and jobs disappear. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US">We thank those governments that have put in place income protection for workers and urge that any remaining people not covered should also be assisted.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US">It is crucial that governments understand the importance of aviation and support the aviation industry. Laying off highly qualified staff and/or implementing irreversible cost-reduction measures will delay the recovery of the aviation industry and should be avoided at all cost. Protecting these jobs in this crisis and enabling the training for existing and new staff will guarantee that aviation can support functioning global supply chains and ensure that they are capable to lead in the economic recovery when the pandemic has been contained.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US">The current situation highlights that Air Navigation Services (ANS) are part of a country</span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA">’</span><span lang="EN-US">s essential infrastructure, playing a key role in the distribution of much-needed medical and other</span> <span lang="EN-US">supplies to address this health crisis. This was for instance recognised by the EU Ministers of Transport in their most recent video conference<sup> [2]</sup> at the end of April 2020.&nbsp; Regrettably, the funding of this critical infrastructure is at risk due to the flawed financing mechanism that includes airspace users wanting to defer the payment of route charges already incurred. This will severely impact both the current and future operation of ANSPs</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US">IFAIMA, IFATCA, IFATSEA and ITF therefore call on governments to provide immediate financial and regulatory support for all air navigation service providers, in order to ensure the provision of air navigation services is financially supported to overcome this crisis and ensure that sufficient essential qualified staff is available when commercial air traffic returns. We also urge to investigate alternative and sustainable ways of financing these and other essential services, making them less dependent on volatility and economic downturns.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><sub><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US">[1] The provision of Air Navigation Services (ANS) is a State</span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA">’</span><span lang="EN-US">s task, in accordance with Article 28 of the Chicago Convention. It is a State</span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA">’</span><span lang="EN-US">s task to </span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA">“</span><span lang="EN-US">provide, in its territory, airports, radio services, meteorological services and other air navigation facilities to facilitate international air navigation, in accordance with the standards and practices recommended or established from time to time, pursuant to this Convention”.</span></span></span></span></span></sub></p> <p><sub><span><span><span><span><span lang="PT">[2] </span><a href=""><span><span><span></span></span></span></a></span></span></span></span></sub></p> </div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/civil-aviation" hreflang="en">civil aviation</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--57" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194711&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="VWTiO4JCZ7gqgXAL-QZljsNlKX-iRYlAkgyIO3H7DfE"></drupal-render-placeholder> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Thu, 21 May 2020 08:28:44 +0000 barton_linda 194711 at Canadian dockers honour lost second officer of Maersk Patras <span class="field-title">Canadian dockers honour lost second officer of Maersk Patras</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Maersk%20Web%20image.png?itok=2aFh-L8v" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/226" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rory_M</span></span> <span class="field-created">Thu, 05/21/2020 - 03:25</span> <div class="field-field_image_caption">Seafarers and Dockers share a bond of solidarity.</div> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>This week marks a year since Ravindu Telge, 2</span></span><span><span><span>nd  </span></span></span><span><span>Officer of the Maersk Patras, fell overboard while lashing underway along the Saint Lawrence Seaway, in Quebec, Canada.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Securing and unsecuring containers onboard moving ships is highly dangerous work that the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the ITF have condemned — and have repeatedly warned the Port of Montreal and Transport Canada against allowing.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The day he was killed, </span></span><span><span>Brother Telge had worked his usual midnight-to-04:00 watch. Later the same morning, he was called to do a shift of hard labour on deck. Container ships calling at Montreal are required by terminal operators there to unlash all containers and loosen twistlocks before arriving in port, to save the port time and money. This means the seafarers whose actual job is to maintain and navigate the ship, are pressed into stevedoring work in addition to their own work.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Had Brother Telge completed this task, he would have then gone back on navigation watch at noon. Instead, at about 09:00, Brother Telge fell over the rail to his death while holding a four-metre lashing bar.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The ITF is awaiting a copy of initial findings from Transport Canada. To its shame, Canada’s Transportation Safety Board, the national authority that investigates marine accidents, refused to exercise its mandate. Instead, it has left the responsibility to the flag state of Singapore, where the vessel was registered, removing any chance that Transport Canada learns any of the required lessons from this incident to prevent any future risk to the lives of seafarers in their waters.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In a grim twist of fate, the Maersk Patras called at Montreal on the first anniversary of Brother Telge’s death. Today, Dockers’ representatives from CUPE Local 375, accompanied by ITF Inspector Vince Giannopoulos, boarded the vessel to inform the Captain that the port workers wished to honour their brother’s loss and offer gifts to the crew. The Captain and crew agreed to join the longshoremen on the dock for a brief ceremony. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sylvain Charron, Vice-President of CUPE 375, said his members’ thoughts remain with Brother Telge’s family. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“This has always been about the seafarers. They have a hard enough job already. In the winter, the weather can be -30 Celsius. Lashing is a dangerous job. We know it is hard work. We don’t think it is fair that BrotherTelge should give his life to do work he should not be doing. We wish his family respect and hope that they will be able to find peace. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ravindu was 31 when he died, he would have been 32, two days, ago on May 17th. He will never turn 32 now. We can only imagine the grief of his family at home in Sri Lanka.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sylvain Charron added: “I hope his family will know that CUPE 375 will not forget his loss — and we will continue to fight for seafarer safety on vessels coming to our port.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>ITF Canada Coordinator Peter Lahay said  “We have done our homework. We know that the strain put on crew to lash is done to save the industry a few dollars.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“We have expressed this to the Port of Montreal and to Transport Canada. They don’t </span></span></span><span><span><span>seem to </span></span></span><span><span><span>care about the seafarers doing this dangerous work. </span></span></span><span><span><span>They seem content to</span></span></span><span><span><span> have this cruel and dangerous practice continue. Ravindu was a young seafarer who needlessly gave his life. He had no choice. That’s the way it is on ships: you either do the work or you are invited to go home."</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Seafarers are highly exploitable and prone to doing dangerous work like lashing. Nothing is crueler than operators who takes advantage of that. This practice must be stopped." said Peter Lahay.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Remember the dead and fight like hell for the living.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/health-and-safety" hreflang="en">health and safety</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/lashing" hreflang="en">lashing</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--58" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194710&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="JZGbFhEPosSNZpQEf9Shj9XVmYUKL8CY9YeJR9Acr1w"></drupal-render-placeholder> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Thu, 21 May 2020 02:25:49 +0000 Rory_M 194710 at Women transport workers’ rights and COVID-19 <span class="field-title">Women transport workers’ rights and COVID-19</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Womens%20demands%20Global.png?itok=FKD-z0Cz" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/20" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">barton_linda</span></span> <span class="field-created">Wed, 05/20/2020 - 12:53</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Transport workers together for a gender equal new normal</span></span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The transport industry is highly gendered, and whilst all transport workers are being severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be specific and additional impacts for women transport workers.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>As the International Labour Organization (ILO) has </span></span><a href=""><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>recognised</span></span></a><span><span>, the challenges arising out of this crisis have the potential to exacerbate existing inequalities</span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>. </span></span><span><span>To avoid this, it is imperative that the transport industry – including employers, governments, investors and unions – action a gender responsive approach to ensure that inequalities are</span></span> <span><span>not reproduced, perpetuated or intensified.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The ITF has identified key demands for employers, governments and investors for women transport workers in the Covid-19 response and recovery:</span></span></span></span></p> <ol> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Women on all decision-making bodies  </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Income and social protection</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Access to sanitation and appropriate PPE</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Secure work</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Care before profit</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>End violence and harassment against women</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>New technology to benefit women workers</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Gender impact assessments</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Gender-responsive economic stimulus</span></span></span></span></span></li> </ol> <p><span><span><span><span>These priority areas must be negotiated with unions, with women’s participation and with</span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span> all<em> </em>actors using their leverage to ensure the same high standards of protection throughout supply chains</span></span><em><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>.</span></span></em></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Demanding a gender responsive approach will benefit everybody in the struggle for decent work.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Women transport workers are a proud part of the workforce which is </span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>the lifeblood of a global economy linking supply chains and keeping the world moving.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>They are the drivers, conductors, ticket sellers, cabin crew, pilots, dockworkers and seafarers providing critical services, as the global community responds to the pandemic. But they are also the less visible workers keeping transport systems running, through vital work such as maintenance, security, cleaning, and administration services. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>As a result of the gender-segregated nature of the transport industry, women are concentrated on the frontlines of this pandemic in customer-facing and cleaning roles with a higher risk of infection. This increased exposure, combined with a lack of adequate and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and the fact that w</span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>omen also make up the majority of precarious workers, means that women transport workers will </span></span><span><span>disproportionately suffer the negative impacts of the coronavirus crisis. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Already we have seen a significant number of women transport workers severely affected, particularly public transport workers and those working in the cruise industry, in aviation, and informal transport workers.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><a href=""><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>ILO Recommendation 205</span></span></a><span><span>, demands a gender perspective in all crisis response, gender-inclusive social dialogue, and gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls for enabling recovery.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>It is our responsibility as trade unions to ensure that women are protected during this crisis, and their rights are strengthened and reinforced.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>After Covid-19, we cannot go back to a ‘normal’ which for many women transport workers means being overrepresented in precarious employment without social protections, underrepresented in leadership and decision-making, facing violence at work and home, and sanitation indignity. This is not normal. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Instead, we have an opportunity to ensure that as we emerge from this crisis, that there is a ‘gender equal new normal’ that guarantees good jobs for all workers.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>PRIORITY AREAS TO PROTECT AND ENHANCE WOMEN TRANSPORT WORKERS’ RIGHTS</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Women on all decision-making bodies  </span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Without women on decision-making bodies, analysis, strategy and policy will not adequately address the issues that women face.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>ITF calls on employers and governments to:</span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span>Ensure that women are always included on all decision-making bodies.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Ensure gender parity in all decision-making related to monitoring and collecting information and feeding back into policy advice processes as outlined in the </span></span><a href=""><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>UN Women, ILO, Unicef</span></span></a><span><span> recommendations.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Income and social protection</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Income support for all women workers, including for migrant, precarious, informal workers and those in non-standard forms of employment (such as part-time, outsourced, ‘gig’ work) is essential. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Employers and governments must provide:</span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span>Income protection for all workers who lose their jobs or are temporarily affected by Covid-19. </span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Paid leave for any worker who is directly or indirectly impacted by Covid-19 due to infection, isolation or family or childcare obligations including those in non-standard forms of employment.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Adequate measures for protection from infection including adjustment of work schedules with no loss of earnings for vulnerable and at-risk workers (and members of family) including pregnant workers and new mothers.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Expansive coverage of unemployment benefits, relief packages, health insurance and other social protections that include informal workers and those in non-standard forms of employment.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>International cooperation for the urgent establishment of a <a href="">Universal Social Protection fund</a> to provide partial support for low to middle-income countries’ social protection systems and ensure social protection floors for the 28 poorest nations.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Access to sanitation and appropriate PPE</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Access to sanitation facilities, clean toilets, sanitisers and clean drinkable water, already a major issue for transport workers, is critical in the response to Covid-19. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Employers and governments must ensure:</span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span>Safe access to decent sanitation facilities and ample breaks, without fear of penalty, particularly given the shutdown of many public spaces often used by transport workers.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span>Strict and regular cleaning and sanitation procedures in workplaces, which are inclusive and take account of the specific needs of transport workers such as menstruation, pregnancy, disability, menopause and pre-existing health conditions.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span>Women must also be involved in developing and implementing preventative health and safety measures, including:</span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span>PPE and uniforms which are suitable for women’s bodies.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Provision of PPE</span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span> including masks, gloves, hand-sanitisers and/or water and soap for all workers whose tasks require them.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Working conditions that minimise transmission and facilitate social distancing with a gender inclusive and </span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>responsive approach</span></span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Secure work</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Overrepresentation in precarious informal work and non-standard forms of employment means women are more vulnerable to layoffs and loss of earnings without any form of income protection. Informal transport workers have no choice but to continue to work in order to earn a daily wage, despite the risk to their health and repercussions from the authorities. Migrant women also have no work in lockdown situations in many countries. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Without strong protections and secure conditions of employment negotiated with unions, many women may find themselves pushed out of the industry. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The ITF calls on employers and governments to:</span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span>Urgently facilitate the transition of workers from the informal to the formal economy in line with ILO Recommendation 204.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Ensure <strong>universal</strong> access to income protections, healthcare benefits and leave including for sickness, pregnancy and caring responsibilities.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Re-skill women transport workers into new (formal) occupations in the industry.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Care before profit</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>There are many aspects of this crisis that women will face specifically and/or disproportionately, for example pregnancy and maternity risks as well as unpaid care responsibilities.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The ITF calls on employers and governments to:</span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span>Recognise the extra care burden on women with additional measures to protect their incomes and jobs.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Provide additional protections to pregnant women and those who have given birth.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Provide protection of terms and conditions of work and continued income, including for maternity leave.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Paid sick leave and carers leave. </span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Ensure sanitary provisions and contraceptives are available for women stranded due to lockdown.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>End violence and harassment against women</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>According to the </span></span><a href=""><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>UN</span></span></a><span><span>, violence against women has increased during this pandemic by more than 25% in countries with reporting systems in place.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><a href=""><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>Violence against women will continue to escalate as unemployment, financial strains and insecurity increase. A loss of income will make it harder for women to escape abusive situations</span></span></a><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>In more isolated work environments women find themselves at an increased risk of violence. Workers in customer-facing roles face increased risk of violence from the public. Scarcity of work is amplifying existing risks of sexual coercion particularly for informal workers. Isolation is exacerbating domestic violence and potential impacts including homicide and suicide. And economic strain has the potential to impact survivor support services and initiatives. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The ITF calls on employers and governments to:</span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span>Provide safe commuting measures.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Implement safety measures and reporting protocols for workers and passengers. </span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Ratify and implement </span></span><a href=""><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>ILO Violence and Harassment Convention, No. 190</span></span></a><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Declare gender-based violence related services essential services.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Ensure a coordinated response between health authorities, police, courts and social services.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span>Sponsor awareness campaigns to address gender-based violence, including myths, stigma and underreporting.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Provide information about support services.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Increase financial support to shelters, hotlines and counselling services to meet increased demand.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Increase availability of alternative accommodation to avoid confinement with abusers.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Implement accessible systems to alert authorities and protect survivors.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>New technology to benefit women workers</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><a href=""><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>Women’s jobs in transport are more likely to be vulnerable to the impacts of digitalisation</span></span></a><span><span>. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Employers and governments must ensure:</span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span>Any measures implemented in response to the crisis, including the introduction of new technology, automation or digitalisation must benefit, not cost, women workers.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Unions are included as key stakeholders in consultation on all new technological developments in transport, which must include gender impact assessments. </span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Gender impact assessments</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Recognising how Covid-19 is affecting women and men differently is fundamental for creating effective and equitable policies and interventions. This will result in better outcomes for women but also for everyone. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>It is critical that gender-responsive research is carried out into the economic and social impacts of Covid-19, taking into account intersecting aspects such as contractual and migrant status, race and disability. </span></span><span><span>Obtaining gender-disaggregated data, including on evolving rates of infection, economic impacts, care burden and the incidence of sexual violence and abuse, is critical to ensure that policies, strategies and measures are evidence-based to meet the needs of women transport workers.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Gender-responsive economic stimulus</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Stimulus packages must include:</span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span>Gender impact assessments and gender-responsive criteria, designed through social dialogue, in projects and loan programmes in response to the crisis or re-purposed funding.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Debt relief to enhance, not restrict, public spending on health, education, low-carbon infrastructure.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Social protections to achieve secure and decent jobs, equitable access and gender equality.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span>For more information, contact: </span></span><a href=""><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span></span></span></a></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>#ITFWomen #GenderEqualNewNormal #ThisIsOurWorldToo</span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--59" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194701&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="SXVWT_feiApCLB_L5IINoEcQdvPUoTCEBWvdU3lQP34"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52809" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52809 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52809" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1591183226"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Agnes Mwongera, uber driver. Kenya</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Sure,</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52809&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="KC-e1o2vjPWhvl5RbJw-ZhWUdWZWyD_2w4V3GjKgSKs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53958" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53958 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53958" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1595315930"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Heity Ariaty</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 weeks 3 days ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Women has a big impact in pandemic Covid 19, it should gave strong motivation to all women in many sector and help each other for make us stronger and capable</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53958&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="ge7uTL_WATTEv3jG8JaOZqPNc_zDz2oQBCwOQDaVOBA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </section> Wed, 20 May 2020 11:53:48 +0000 barton_linda 194701 at TUI cruises begin repatriation of seafarers aided by unions and German Government <span class="field-title">TUI cruises begin repatriation of seafarers aided by unions and German Government</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WhatsApp%20Image%202020-05-20%20at%205.09.07%20PM.jpeg?itok=vhn9N2SW" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/112" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">luke_m</span></span> <span class="field-created">Wed, 05/20/2020 - 07:46</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span>After passengers disembarked the cruise ship <em>Mein Schiff 3</em> on March 23, the company transferred seafarers from several of their other ships onto the <em>Mein Schiff 3</em> and sailed to the German port of Cuxhaven in order to commence repatriations. The ship docked in Cuxhaven on April 28, however on April 30 an outbreak of Covid-19 was detected on board leading the company to quarantine everyone on the ship.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>After weeks of intense discussions with the company, Maya Schwiegershausen-Gueth from ITF affiliate in Germany ver.di assisted by the German ITF Inspector Hamani Amadou were finally able to assist repatriation of approximately 1,200 of the 2,900 seafarers on Friday, May 8.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“It has been extremely frustrating and infuriating that neither the company nor the flag state have taken their responsibility seriously. The seafarers are desperate to return home and they have a right to do so. Luckily the German government has been supportive throughout, without their assistance and the help from the mission, the situation could have quickly escalated on board” said Schwiegershausen-Gueth from ver.di.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Fifteen crew members who exhibited Covid-19 symptoms were tested and nine came back positive. The infected seafarers were quarantined, but unfortunately due to the lack of a clear pandemic strategy from the company prior to transferring over 3,000 seafarers from six different ships on to <em>Mein Schiff 3,</em> the crew were unnecessarily exposed to the pandemic which caused high levels of anxiety for the seafarers. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>ITF has confirmed that repatriation flights have chartered Ukrainian (168 seafarers), Indonesian (738 seafarers), Turkish, Tunisian, Mauritian and Chinese crew members home. More charter flights are planned next week for around 1,200 seafarers from the Philippines, Nicaragua and Honduras. Sadly 192 Indian seafarers remain on board without any prospective travel date and limited support from their government.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>ITF maritime affiliate, the Marine Transport Workers' Trade Union of Ukraine (MTWTU), welcomed their members at Kiev Boryspil International Airport on Friday.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>MTWTU first vice chairman Oleg Grygoriuk told the ITF today that, “All of the repatriated seafarers who tested negative to Covid-19 are now home, which is an enormous relief for all of our members and their families. We have worked with the company to guarantee the safe transit of crew from Cuxhaven to Odessa, and with the Ukrainian Government to ensure that they weren’t forced into medical facilities for quarantine on their return home.”.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“All seafarers who have returned from Germany have been advised to use the ‘Act at Home’ app and have been allowed to isolate at home for the observation period. We will continue to stay in touch with them,” he added.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>ITF maritime coordinator Jacqueline Smith congratulates the German Government, ITF affiliates ver.di and MTWTU, the German seafarers’ mission and the ITF Inspector on their cooperation facilitating this first wave of repatriations. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“The ITF and our affiliates thank all involved in getting the <em>Mein Schiff 3<strong> </strong></em>crew home. We have been working closely with UN agencies and the industry to develop a roadmap on how governments can facilitate the safe movement of seafarers and provide immediate exceptions from any national Covid-19 restrictions to seafarers as ‘key workers’  to allow repatriations and crew changeovers,” said Smith.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The commitment and coordination between the German Government, the seafarers’ mission and the maritime unions in this case is an important example for governments and the industry worldwide on how this can be done, but it also emphasises the need for companies and flag states to be more responsible for their seafarers and treat them with the basic respect they deserve.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“The heart-breaking report over the past two weeks of crew members ending their lives while waiting to be send home underlines how important certainty is for the tens of thousands of seafarers currently awaiting repatriation. We urge governments globally to follow the lead of Germany and act now and get seafarers home,” said Smith. </span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--60" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194698&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="3dWVXnAKEhiphnZOYyt_TcYcYCClp7rRnvmH4U2tnC4"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52487" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52487 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52487" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589991214"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Cape. IMR</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>It's a shame for a company like TUI. Why did they not use their own planes which are not needed at the Moment?</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52487&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="d9-5romBLS6dYioHNzMyaeMNyIWJz5yWAF0eO9trPjQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52541" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52541 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52541" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590175209"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/52487#comment-52487" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Cape. IMR</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Pych</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>All seafarers are slaves. The owners don't care what will be with slaves.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52541&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="D-K_777sU7dF_jWBpfYXRueHRRE9hxqFdyha7WaNEsw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52566" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52566 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52566" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590238554"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Jayatosh</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>What about Indian crew member we are near about 150 crew member In mein Schiff 3 waiting to go home. But still there is no announcement.How long we have to wait</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52566&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="NZ5Xc_JFsI9wKfeRDSdJxrjxT_OM31eQTbdnT7BzuRk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </section> Wed, 20 May 2020 06:46:30 +0000 luke_m 194698 at ITF demands safe airports for workers and passengers <span class="field-title">ITF demands safe airports for workers and passengers</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/COVID19%20Turkish%20Airport%20demands%20Global.png?itok=0Wixk1LJ" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/20" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">barton_linda</span></span> <span class="field-created">Tue, 05/19/2020 - 10:46</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span>The COVID-19 pandemic has <strong>exaggerated</strong>, not created the issues airport workers are facing today, such as the fragmentation of the industry, subcontracting and outsourcing of labour to precarious workers. As a result of this crisis, many workers have lost their livelihoods with no recompense for being laid-off, regardless of how long they have served the airport. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The existing business and employment models in airports are no longer fit for purpose, neither for workers nor for passengers.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Subcontracting hinders the necessary implementation and evaluation of <strong>health and safety</strong> <strong>measures</strong> at the scale needed during and coming out of this crisis. Before getting onto an aircraft, passengers will continue to pass through airports with several points of human contact, from check-in to security and boarding. Both workers and passengers need assurance that adequate safety precautions are being taken by all service providers including subcontractors.    </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Rebuilding <strong>passenger and market confidence</strong> and trust requires a global, coordinated health and safety strategy for dealing with COVID-19 at airports, including standardised measures and sufficient resources for enforcement. Workers and their unions are the most effective means for monitoring and enforcing health and safety standards. Therefore, key efforts must be made to introduce a standardized and <strong>tripartite airport-wide health and safety regime.</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Aviation and airports have to be recognized as a <strong>fundamental public good</strong> for economic development, trade, mobility and society. This requires strong government regulation and oversight, planning, investment, and, where appropriate, public ownership. Partly or, in some cases, fully reversing the involvement of the private sector in airport managing and financing could give governments back control over their ultimate responsibility for safety and security in aviation.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Airports link regional, national and international markets and are crucial for <strong>economic</strong> <strong>development</strong>.  The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to have more serious consequences for the financial situation of smaller airports. Economic damage to smaller airports will </span></span>inevitably<span><span> damage remote and vulnerable communities, which rely on such airports for not only economic development, but also essential services such as air ambulance and access. Any investment required to protect them and their future as important regional hubs needs to be conditioned to securing good jobs and stability for workers. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Government leadership, built on close cooperation with employers and trade unions, is the only solution to this challenge. The ITF calls upon <strong>governments</strong>, <strong>airport authorities</strong> and<strong> employers</strong> to negotiate with trade unions to:</span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span>Guarantee the</span> health and safety <span>of airport workers and passengers</span></span></span></span></span><br />  </h3> <p><span><span><span>1. Recognise <strong>employers’</strong> <strong>ultimate responsibility</strong> for the health, safety and welfare of <strong>all workers </strong>in their operations and supply chains, and recognise COVID-19 as an<strong> occupational disease</strong>; </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>2. Guarantee <span>the provision of</span> appropriate and gender-responsive <strong>personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers and passengers</strong>, to ensure workers are adequately protected from infection, particularly those in public-facing roles; <span>make wearing <strong>face masks</strong> compulsory for anyone entering airports;</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>3. Provide <strong>access to free healthcare </strong>and <strong>medical</strong> <strong>testing</strong>, treatment, training, equipment and facilities for training <strong>for all workers</strong>; </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>4. Guarantee <strong>paid leave</strong>, in the form of <strong>sick pay</strong> or holiday pay, from the first day of leave, for any workers threatened or infected by COVID-19 and for workers with care obligations;</span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span>Safeguard</span> workers’ rights <span>to safeguard passenger safety</span></span></span></span></span><br />  </h3> <p><span><span><span>5. Enforce<strong> ILO Conventions</strong> regarding freedom of association, collective bargaining, forced labour, discrimination, and occupational health and safety for all workers; <strong>protect trade union rights</strong> and be responsive to the issues of gender, migration status and LGBT+ workers;</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>6<strong>. Identify threats </strong>and new pressures to workers’ health, rights and welfare, and develop and implement workplace responses, including standardised <strong>social distancing protocols</strong>;</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>7. Ensure there are adequate and safe means for workers to report <strong>workplace risks and risks to workers’ health and safety </strong>without the threat of sanctions or dismissals; </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>8. Respect the <strong>right </strong><strong>to withdraw</strong> from a work situation that presents an imminent and serious danger to their or their immediate family’s life or health, without fear of retaliation;</span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span>Protect</span> pay, conditions <span>and </span>jobs</span></span></span></span><br />  </h3> <p><span><span><span>9<strong>. End precarious and non-standard forms of work</strong> in airports and supply chains to protect the health, safety and welfare of workers and passengers, and agree a <strong>moratorium on all lay-offs</strong>;</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>10.<strong> Improve scheduling</strong>, days of work and working hours to protect jobs and the health and safety of workers and reflect care obligations; </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>11. </span><strong><span>Assess existing working practices </span></strong><span>in dialogue with<strong> </strong>unions and amend these where necessary<strong> </strong>to minimize workers’ exposure to passengers; </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>12. Recognise and compensate the <strong>key role of airport workers</strong> through line of duty and enhanced compensation and benefits, including access to compensation in the case of injury or death;</span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span>Build</span> economic and financial sustainability </span></span></span></span><br />  </h3> <p><span><span><span>13. Maintain the operational status of airports during the crisis to <strong>ensure a safe and efficient recovery of the industry</strong> when the opportunity presents itself; </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>14. Recognise the <strong>key role of airports </strong>as an <strong>economic and public good, </strong>particularly in small and remote communities, which rely on airports for their economic and social development; </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>15. Reduce <strong>subcontracting</strong> and outsourcing of airport services and jobs and, where appropriate, mandate airport authorities to directly manage and/or employ all airport staff; </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>16. Include unions in consultation on all <strong>new technological developments</strong> arising from COVID-19 and ensure a just transition with equal access and opportunity for women;</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>17. Guarantee <strong>sustainability of public financial relief </strong>and<strong> support</strong> for airport employers; </span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span>Cooperate <span>to ensure</span> leadership <span>and</span> responsibility </span></span></span></span><br />  </h3> <p><span><span><span>18. Establish airport-wide, tripartite, <strong>health and safety committees </strong>with women and young worker representation to ensure health and safety standards and measures are understood by workers, monitored, enforced and evaluated;</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>19. Work with ICAO to agree <strong>global, coordinated health and safety standards and strategies</strong> for airports and aviation, in cooperation with airport-wide tripartite health and safety committees, airlines and trade unions. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><em>These measures must apply to airport workers regardless of their job description, contractual arrangement and employment status and be responsive to different genders and migration statuses.</em></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Government and employers should also engage with the ITF and trade unions through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as the appropriate forum to coordinate an international response to the crisis and prepare the industry for the recovery of the global economy.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span> </span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--61" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194692&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="MxjiMXdGIRk9ZendT7hf7ZVWbiC1pfOSvYq320LkTlI"></drupal-render-placeholder> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Tue, 19 May 2020 09:46:34 +0000 barton_linda 194692 at LGBT+ rights are a union issue <span class="field-title">LGBT+ rights are a union issue</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WhatsApp%20Image%202020-05-15%20at%2018.11.51.jpeg?itok=w6JyzSTA" width="1690" height="886" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/113" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">james_b</span></span> <span class="field-created">Sun, 05/17/2020 - 17:25</span> <div class="field-body"><p><em><span><span><span>Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT). The Council of Global Unions, a group of independent trade union organisations that represent over 200 million workers around the world, reaffirm our commitment to building respect and dignity for all workers. We believe every worker is entitled to work free from discrimination and violence regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or sex characteristics.  </span></span></span></em></p> <p><em><span><span><span>30 years ago today, the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality as a mental disorder from the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems. Since that historic day, the LGBTI community has worked to eradicate harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender expression through laws and policies as well as through activities that celebrate diversity.  As trade unions and members of the global community, we have played an important role in promoting inclusion and diversity in the workplace and will continue to work to protect our LGBTI members. </span></span></span></em></p> <p><em><span><span><span>However, despite the many achievements, homophobia still exists. LGBTI workers still suffer labour disparities and discrimination because of their sexual orientation or identity. These range from income disparity to workplace harassment, from unfair treatment at work to discrimination when applying for a job.</span></span></span></em></p> <p><em><span><span><span>In times of crisis, such as the one we are currently experiencing, this situation worsens. From barriers to access health services to stigmatisation; from the rise of online cyberbullying and hate speech to domestic violence; LGBTI workers are facing an unprecedented situation that places them at a <a href="">higher risk</a> of poor mental and personal health. </span></span></span></em></p> <p><em><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the livelihoods of LGBTI workers as they are disproportionately represented in industries and sectors which are hardest hit by the pandemic such as retail, hospitality and tourism. This will expose them to higher levels of economic hardship and unemployment which will have ramifications for their health and well-being.</span></span></span></span></em></p> <p><em><span><span><span>Today, we stand up for LGBTI workers and their rights, which are human rights. We will continue to fight for workplaces free of discrimination and harassment, we will mobilize to protect them and to raise their issues and needs. </span></span></span></em></p> <p><em><span><span><span>To achieve this, we have set up a CGU working group on LGBTI rights. We will adopt an LGBTI Solidarity Charter and will continue to work with our affiliated unions to improve LGBTI structures and policies to build a stronger and more inclusive global trade union movement.</span></span></span></em></p> <p><em><span><span><span>Let’s stand up to intolerance and discrimination where we see it. Let’s keep working to ensure our unions are more LGBTI inclusive. Let’s go beyond single days of action and tackle systemic gender, income and racialised inequalities every day. </span></span></span></em></p> <p><em><span><span><span>Global unions commit to continue fighting for the rights of all workers and call <span>on their affiliates around the world </span>to support the campaign to end violence and discrimination in the workplace. </span></span></span></em></p> <p><span><span><span>Stephen Cotton, ITF general secretary and CGU chair, added: </span></span></span>“Today, 17 May, is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. 2020 marks an important year because, for the first time, the Council of Global Unions has come together to mark the occasion with a joint statement in solidarity with our LGBT+ colleagues."</p> <p>"Inclusive workplaces and communities are central to our shared vision for a better society. We want to see a world free from discrimination and violence, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. That is why we are pushing so hard to make ILO Convention 190 a lived reality for workers everywhere."</p> <p>"Today, I want to extend warm greetings to our LGBT+ colleagues in the transport sector worldwide. Your fight is our fight. We will not rest until all workers have achieved equality.”</p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--62" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194666&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="AvNTLkp-Q04R5JH0QrPSFFaoW_U5b9ZGuCvfsIbfnHI"></drupal-render-placeholder> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Sun, 17 May 2020 16:25:42 +0000 james_b 194666 at Covid-19: ITF and UTT commemorate the disembarking of at-risk crew <span class="field-title">Covid-19: ITF and UTT commemorate the disembarking of at-risk crew</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Statement%20graphic.jpg?itok=TgqmXocg" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/93" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Natalie</span></span> <span class="field-created">Fri, 05/15/2020 - 08:41</span> <div class="field-body"><p>Thanks to the coordinated efforts of Unión de Trabajadores del Transporte (UTT) ITF affiliate in Uruguay, ITF Inspector in Chile Juan Villalon Jones, and the ITF Latin America Regional Office, authorities in Uruguay have authorised the creation of a humanitarian corridor for the disembarkation of the crew on the Bahamas-flagged cruise ship <em>Greg Mortimer</em> (IMO 9834648) which has spent two months on the high seas with crew infected by Covid-19.</p> <p><span><span>On March 15, the <em>Greg Mortimer</em> left the Port of Ushuaia, Argentina, four days after the World Health Organisation (WHO) decreed Covid-19 a pandemic. A week later, the first symptoms appeared among the passengers, however they were refused disembarkation in Argentina and Chile because the governments had closed their borders and ports. With authorisation from the Uruguayan government, the ship arrived on March 27 at the Port of Montevideo where an operation was carried out to land and repatriate the passengers, however the crew was forced to remain on board despite the spread of the virus on the ship. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Of the 83-crew members on board, 39 seafarers tested positive for Covid-19. Tragically one of them, a Philippine seafarer, died.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>On April 20, after hearing about the large number of crew members infected and confined in cabins without appropriate sanitary conditions UTT general secretary Francisco del Gaudio contacted the crew offering the union’s and the ITF’s support. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>According to the reports from crew members to UTT, internet connectivity was interrupted to prevent information on the severity of the situation being leaked, including confirmation that two crew members who were in charge of distributing the food had been confirmed positive for the virus, as well as the attempted suicides of some of the crew due to the anxiety and uncertainty on board. The repeated requests for information following distressing messages from the seafarers made to the company by ITF’s Italian affiliate as the union holding the agreement and the ITF were never answered. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>In response to pressure from UTT, the Uruguayan government finally announced last Friday, May 8, that the 83 crew members would be allowed to disembark, quarantined and given appropriate medical care, and then repatriated. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Adan Suarez, vice president of UTT pointed out that it was gratifying to see the joy of the crew when they were notified that they were going to be disembarked.</span></span><span><span> </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Francisco del Gaudio, UTT general secretary commented: "These weeks have been very difficult for the crew of the <em>Greg Mortimer</em>, however this great achievement must serve as an example to continue fighting together for the seafarers and for all transport workers who are at-risk from the Covid-19."</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Edgar Díaz, ITF acting regional secretary highlighted the tireless effort and great solidarity that UTT supported by the ITF demonstrated to the <em>Greg Mortimer</em> crew and reaffirmed that it is an ITF principle to provide assistance to unions, their members and transport workers generally when they are in difficulty and that it is especially important now when the role of transport workers is critical in the fight against and the recovery from Covid-19.</span></span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--63" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194664&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="qjWvmD2zlLQyt2GjCtNAtgqJPQkb5Xb-qm5yiagk6e0"></drupal-render-placeholder> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Fri, 15 May 2020 07:41:40 +0000 Natalie 194664 at Crew change: ITF and JNG Joint Statement <span class="field-title">Crew change: ITF and JNG Joint Statement</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/COVID19%20crew%20change%20Global%20UPDATE.jpg?itok=QWsKSlPn" width="1690" height="953" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/93" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Natalie</span></span> <span class="field-created">Thu, 05/14/2020 - 09:40</span> <div class="field-body"><p>The Joint Negotiating Group (JNG) representing employers and the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) representing seafarers unions and their members welcome the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Circular Letter (No.4204/Add.14) that was issued <span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">last </span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">week on the 5 May 2020 to all IMO Member States, United Nations and specialised agencies, Inter-governmental and Non-governmental organizations in consultative status with IMO.</span></p> <p>The circular letter provides a framework of protocols to ensure crew changes can be done safely and as soon as possible, whilst appreciating the significant challenges facing the global maritime industry brought about by Covid-19. The letter also highlights the critical yet often unknown and overlooked plight of the seafarers and the important role they play in the world economy and to our society; to wit;</p> <p>"Shipping is vital to the maintenance of global supply chains, but the current situation is unsustainable for the safety and wellbeing of ship crew and the safe operation of maritime trade. Each month about 150,000 seafarers need to be changed over to and from the ships which they operate to ensure compliance with international maritime regulations for ensuring safety, crew health and welfare, and the prevention of fatigue."</p> <p>Previously, as responsible social partners, the JNG (comprising of International Maritime Employers Council, International Mariners Management Association of Japan, Korean Shipowners Association and Evergreen) and the ITF(representing 215 seafarers unions and their 1 million members) agreed twice to extend the seafarers' contracts in order to keep them safe from exposure to Covid-19 and also appreciating the enormity of the challenges this global pandemic poses in terms of travel restrictions and flights availability. Consequently, a significant number of seafarers have been required to stay on board beyond their employment contract period while others are waiting to be deployed so that they can join their ships and continue to earn a living.</p> <p>In discussions last week, JNG and ITF agreed that the current situation in regards to lack of crew change can no longer continue since this could be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of the seafarers, putting them at risk as well as the environment and the global supply chain. Seafarers' fatigue should not be underestimated and the social partners therefore agreed to not extend the contracts, but to support an implementation period of no longer than 30 days (up until 15 June 2020) so that governments have time to implement the framework of protocols as set out in the IMO Circular Letter.</p> <p>Therefore, the parties have agreed:</p> <ol> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>To support a transition period for governments and employers </span></span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>to implement </span></span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>the IMO </span></span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>issued</span></span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span> framework of protocols, allowing up to 30 days starting from 15 May 2020 </span></span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>to </span></span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>ensure safe facilitation of crew changes takes place;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">That companies will consider, if financially viable and possible, to financially acknowledge every seafarer whose employment contract has expired, but who has continued to work;</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>That companies will consider, if financially viable and possible, to provide seafarers waiting to be deployed an advance salary payment;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>That companies will, where possible, provide seafarers with extra bandwidth and internet access to be able to communicate with home; and</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>That, when crew change commences, those seafarers who have been on-board the </span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>longest</span></span></span></span></span></span> <span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>will be prioritised and repatriated first regardless of rank.</span></span></span></span></li> </ol> <p>Finally the ITF and the JNG want to alert Flag States, P&amp;I Clubs, Operators and Charterers that, in the event of the Framework of Protocols for Crew Change not taking effect by mid-June 2020, the consequence of stress related sickness affecting seafarers and their inability to consistently access medical support ashore may negatively impact on the commercial viability of the ship operations.                      </p> <p>Jacqueline Smith, Maritime Coordinator, International Transport Workers' Federation</p> <p>Francesco Gargiulo, JNG Joint Secretary &amp; IMEC CEO                                                                                                            </p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--64" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194660&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="0jB_8-56vL-gw-9MdprE3FFEULZd0ySRECma356XlkM"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52383" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52383 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52383" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589495592"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">robinson</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>this is good move because seafarer onboard have no shore leave .<br /> who finished their contract already they have mentally not good .it make more accedent it will be bad problem. please do it as early as<br /> thanks</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52383&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="e7jP5KcpNApYVQeuZ20yGBY8RFu-Jtu02q0_UF2VMRI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52385" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52385 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52385" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589511639"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Robertito dela torre</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Seafarers here want to go on board to earn a living.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52385&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="AQvLdq42gRikhHDKxbLqIk4RadWmacHvzUIkioBv2JQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52386" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52386 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52386" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589515803"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Capt</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Hello<br /> How was it at US port ?<br /> I mean my contact finish and 2 month past. Us coast guard want to direct flights for on signers and my country do not make any flights for a now at Houston we are sts lightering vessel our voyages increase as much now a days how long we stay on board ? That uncertainty thing we are dont know anything but how long we are stay on board And also How we gonna solve if us government do not allowed transit flights. What we can do for that ? We are great full for yours work thank you 🙏 hope middle of June we are go home. Best regards</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52386&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="VdPXpQtnTZMCcBp0eQOPf-96jzB6O9W_RxXkRlSieVs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52527" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52527 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52527" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590128873"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/52386#comment-52386" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Capt</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">shipowner </div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>I totally undsetanding your poisition. Even we try evey step to make crew change work , but the restriction on border, travel ban and unstable flight are hard to predict. I am really hoping IMO , ITF can work with globla govenments to issue speical permission for crew changes and gurantee their priorities of flight seats, not matter charter flight or shedule flights.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52527&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="uOCu4TY8u7cj6FFew3I98NqaILv-s0blWkuxUnyk_u8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52387" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52387 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52387" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589521338"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Bdmariner</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Great initiative.Hopefully will commence sign on, sign off around the globe.Its a time demand to give oxygen our beloved shipping Network.<br /> Go ahead ITF &amp; best of luck to all seafarers.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52387&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="KbbEfHuCYAvMsw2S36u2f3e30k24Gh70HDsrOz5geNE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52395" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52395 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52395" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589549890"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Capt acm</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>I have disembarked the other day 13 may with flite details on the 18. Sad to say my flites are cancelled and never know when they can book me. No food at the hotel and you have to buy your own food. If you dont have credit card, you will die from hunger rather than covid</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52395&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="cH5WSAfDtCQnPyzSUvdTdajjET_66AetAuRMGguJdYk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52526" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52526 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52526" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590128407"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/52395#comment-52395" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Capt acm</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Shipowner </div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>I feel sorry and this is a big concerned! All you want is to going home, but the realities are resulting the unstable flights and city locktwon due to pandamic which makes life harder for foreign seaferers... This fraustrated that becasue even IMO and ITF have no such power to allocated airliesn and lockdown of different countries....</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52526&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="iZOzkZYe0MdzDpMJn2RhkMlM81r04ttZLU0p_AqhRf4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52396" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52396 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52396" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589551309"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">LoidAnthony</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>This is a very relieving move made by the organization. It enables us to go back and earn our living. But how will this address the medical certificates that were issued before the lockdown and the widespread of this pandemic that happened to be expired (May 2020) and are not used? Is there any extension for it or do they have to repeat again? This might take some time as medical centers will only accommodate fewer patients/persons a day due to ongoing pandemic. Anyhow thank you.</p> <p>I saw myself in your cover photo, I don't remember if I send that photo or maybe a colleague of mine. </p> <p>All the best!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52396&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="gJfpUAEIVjg-7p9Ojs6gAlvMQJIuvjxrti9JbK40ySo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52397" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52397 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52397" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589572872"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">teieru takaua karauna</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>no ,impact</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52397&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="jjn53ZLUbP5cuIX2GU_8M8X8bavugPSnOxmyVCTRXhM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52399" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52399 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52399" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589586660"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Donald Seranilla</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Please crew change make it possible , by June 15 , a another 1 month preparation for all manning and shipping company, it's good enough time. Especially for seafarers like me almost 10 months onboard oh my God i begging for crew change. We provide a complete PPE for crew going home for safety.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52399&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="PZBz6DLM1fRcMp_C_C9EjpdF1YZ9szltY9YqaBYkL9c"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52400" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52400 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52400" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589590592"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Chief Engineer</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>I am repatriated Last March 16 during lockdown in Phil. my contract supposed ends April 23, 2020. I explained to the Crewing Dept that I want to extend after my finish contract due to my COC will expire Oct 13, 2020. My request was not approved due to their company crew change plan. I am repatriated under contract at the time of lockdown.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52400&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="EurPXDk0QApJiVT2SFwdhRKAvLJnikKNf50q80nNEMk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52406" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52406 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52406" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589661667"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Crew</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>I'm already pass 11 months onboard, next month will be one year, my contract is 3months overdue by then. Ship trade as of now is South africa after Chile. Im hoping that in Chile i can go home.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52406&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="zBY1_53sfdPqzhzt1IPX8MUtnr7b6pjXzPQYWRR1pTA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52430" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52430 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52430" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589791477"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">ali</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>it's confirm the singoff star.because I already 12 month finished .please take action after June 15. otherwise the meaning company and owner take easy.<br /> please do our singoff positively</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52430&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="ZKKvTbAYgD1Wt0hIPA6gU9OWZ0Mxfa_uJbSv7V7l-1I"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52451" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52451 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52451" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589862526"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Pawan choudhary</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>We are indian crew on board in saudi and our contract already finished, but still no news for our signoff so how we will go home safely, now we are very tired to work here we feel fatique so plz do something for offshore crew in saudi.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52451&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="RlXINNWO691dKdAX5LgH8aCmKqZPdR0maI5s5tBLAlk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52457" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52457 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52457" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589874091"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Sailor</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>I lost my faith in everything what sailing and shipping industry is...or better say used to be, because in our time if the company or goverment can spare even 1 dollar they will throw you like a useless rag....our organizations.....people who stay in an office and just pass papers from left to right only for seafarers to say in their broken minds that everything will be ok.<br /> 12 steps of crew change....a big joke....if goverments will not start to make crew changes what will imo will do against them? Nothing ! How can shipping industry lose money if they ban for example China because they are not allowing crew changes...<br /> Wake up people and think. Nothing will happen until 15 or if something will happen is not because they received a warning. In our times if you are a seafarer this means only one thing.... We are slaves!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52457&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="wkPf1xklEgm1uBXBKxrmuhKs2PY-DA-3F-7m3Or90Eg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52464" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52464 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52464" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589901210"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/52457#comment-52457" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Sailor</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Ab Joe</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Sad and very true in the same time</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52464&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="3giGuRNRJtnekBz9f7_ihK2mj8kODr3eQt4etStZPL8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52544" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52544 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52544" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590176024"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/52457#comment-52457" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Sailor</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Pych</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>You are right. No choice</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52544&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="Y1iOn3xoaY_raQFgeixiEygPQkit2Lc_FveLs51Wur8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52458" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52458 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52458" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589881267"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">UDAI midathada</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Good decision by IMO, BUT 90% of companies cannot follow this I think, the companies don't want to spend extra money for the crew change, they are sending 2+/-1 extension contract for crew. And say" we are closely monitoring the situation". Now I am almost 5 months, vsl reaching USA Jun 25, no news about any crew change, but company sending msg that they are planning for vetting at USA. This is how companies mind set is- pockets should fill but nothing should spill.<br /> IMO is making good decision but who can check whether it is followed or not.<br /> After 16 yrs at sea now I actually understood what a bad decision I made to come to sea. Seafarers are the most important part of link for world to run smoothly but they are the once least cared for.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52458&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="45OYbgk-lrCGl5cO-cfjaUphARY0Bo3arhgRM4dFb7I"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52545" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52545 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52545" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590176286"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/52458#comment-52458" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">UDAI midathada</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Pych</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Absolutely same just ignoring all mails belong to crew change and request for compensation. Their business is go on and they don't must be PSC but I'm not expecting any protection for crew. They are all deal together owners, IMO, governments and will serve them without respect to us.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52545&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="VgBnybQbsYReF24nBO2qhPIsd6tJkBgyW__VFI40qfQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52459" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52459 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52459" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589881372"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">UDAI midathada</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>I forget to tell my contract is for 3 months and 2nd engineer on VLCC</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52459&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="FXHhM5d1Ehv0NYD92SWosUtGeKVqVIcAK85OHEGQ_OQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52523" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52523 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52523" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590119115"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Prashant </div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Stop working on 15 June. Just want off, if we matter so much, they can get us home</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52523&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="3raq-E6iovlUgF9gXWl7L5nfOB3mV_RoBfgruODaPTg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52546" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52546 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52546" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590176341"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/52523#comment-52523" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Prashant </a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Pych</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Let do it!!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52546&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="LluyllTjk6Dokcp9tvu70F4IPp-udC49lyGYH-8vozs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52828" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52828 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52828" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1591256810"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Nicole </div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>My main concern is staff stuck on CMI - ocean diamond and have not been paid since 2nd April and are getting charged for water, toiletries and sanitary napkins and can not send money to family home, there is no mental health support. How can we get the company to clear bills at very least ?</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52828&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="Asv6_Sr4uqS3Iv4YaEkypDYy9P6eL9s5RVvA-qr8ilQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52938" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52938 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52938" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1591682712"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Allan poe </div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 4 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>I hope Porthedland , Australia or China will have Crew Change .</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52938&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="wOJ7hxoQc2TZIJgrbm--8_Qdh5a_mTfO2nPJgqR-GGU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52975" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52975 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52975" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1591893797"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Seafarer</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p></p> <p>How many seafarers have to die that you start real acting? Or we all must be Afro-American from Minneapolis? We are already slaves! Do something!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52975&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="MV-Xz6WB9TUVFZUzkxTz7eIatEuQyJY0kS9af1Un960"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52976" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52976 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52976" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1591894422"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">costa-seaman</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>I believe that, best action from our side is to rise a Strike ofter 15 june,<br /> i refused to sign the extension contact, and i plan to stop working after 15 june, and to enjoy the sunsets and the food , recovery my health back until signing of,,, STRIKE GUYS.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52976&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="1hRX9LYIgA6J4UGUF7CXTeqg3QfMPhCDiv1lQF_jHiU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52983" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52983 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52983" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1591925900"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Felix E.Mabansag Jr</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Plss help..i like to go home im already 13 months on still nothing news..we have a distination going Japan..ship name HANSA HOMBURG..pls</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52983&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="C6zmtsUFsgGI2Ij5f_JfJLQ7r8d8b4jCstQcTv2nFf0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53006" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53006 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53006" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592006528"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Christin</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Very happy to see such good news.<br /> I signed on board in 6 Jun 2019, my initial contract is 6 months,<br /> when I finished my initial contract in December 2019. The company said ' no reliefer for my rank ' , So I have to stay on board for one more round. Until the virus pandemic I can not go home. I have to sign the extent contract FOUR times, Now I feel very bad, because the company canceled our flight tickets again yesterday.<br /> I think our company doesn't care human safety and the ITF protocol, I feel very bad and can not continue work on board, So I will try to send email to ITF inspectors when ship calling Antwerp in 24 Jun. I hope ITF can push our company to complete the crew change in Europe.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53006&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="vwPZoNakBs2JVpt-pO4p9uzEMHwIbXLoRV2m135Fmqs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53072" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53072 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53072" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592197539"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Captain Vitaly </div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Good day!<br /> Looks like all ITF top managers lost their balls and now they are similar to pack of sterilized fat cats... It so pity to see that such powerful organization cannot protect seafarer’s interests and provide crew change in time. For example, almost all officers of our vessel have been working double contracts at present moment and we are not seeing any improvement with crew change at all in Asia-Pacific region (except "bla-bla-bla" from your and IMO sides) within last 3 months. So, if it will continue we will cease to pay Union fees at all because it would be strange to pay &amp; support ITF for "nothing"...</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53072&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="3JmDTAJ4-BTgftQmGPk0cDfJ2yTjvOFJnE8hfCWhssQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53163" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53163 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53163" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592369289"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Alex</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>I am serving as second officer at a vlcc. I am already on board 11 months and 8 days. I gave my repatriation on 17 of february and i am still waiting to sign off. I can understand tha covid 19 restrictions of the ports but in 7 days from now my vessel will pass next to Reunion island that is already opened long time ago. My company still has not decided yet if they will make crew changes. They say that the flights we can see in the internet do not actually exist. If i dont disembark here the next oportunity will be after 40 days minimum. Is there anything i can do to apply some pressure on my case?</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53163&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="dBf-dmN9Jl6FnjLeTHecuhO1dXkrJtN8-KEw6ocsIeE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53401" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53401 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53401" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1592986166"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Akhilesh </div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Respected sir,</p> <p>My ship sailing in Yemen to dijibouti, yemen is war zone so no possibility for crew change but dijibouti hav but covid issue dijibouti also stop vmcrew change last 18 March our contract on ship almost double finish.<br /> But last week on 16 June dijibouti port says we open soon crew changes but still nothing in crew changes procedure.<br /> On 5 july we are going in dijibouti port for provision please do something from your end so we can do sign off there my company already arranged chartered flight,, but dijibouti not giving permission so stuck.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53401&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="DAEzF7Q-7hA-PICvodU0ZQP6zTM7Q_TY_O0ERX0tQjs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53702" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53702 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53702" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1593776495"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Sherif El Soda </div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Dear sir</p> <p>     Have a good day,,,,,</p> <p>We are about 60 seafarers working at MARITIME &amp; OIL SERVICES " MARIDIVE "</p> <p>which has 5 ships working in tunisia </p> <p>With ENI &amp; SHEEL</p> <p>We are trapped in tunisia for 6 month more or less</p> <p>Can’t make our crew change due to covid -19 situation </p> <p>TUNISIAN government closed its borders to EGYPTIAN searfarers and our compnay made its best effort to make the crew change happen but TUNISIAN government refused it in any way (by sea or airplanes)</p> <p>Please help and make contact with TUNISIAN government to respect IMO instructions about </p> <p>(Governments must act to bring seafarers home) which issue 29 June </p> <p>as its our right to go home to our families</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53702&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="xWJtyYtbgiVsZzAfNIkZsahSeUZhSDXoB0N5PKnp7Ng"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-53731" class="js-ajax-comments-id-53731 js-comment" about="/en/comment/53731" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1593917881"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Anish Pandey</div> <div class="c-comment-created">1 month ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>It is company mein ham kaise ja sakte hain jaane ka kya tarika hai ismein jaane ka kya yogyata hai iska form kab bhara jata hai iska jaane ka process kya hai please bataiye</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=53731&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="NuaIaIf51K8GAgZyqzsJ85hDLYrIKfEYJQ-gtS0QwzM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </section> Thu, 14 May 2020 08:40:43 +0000 Natalie 194660 at Ship without a rudder: 15 crew abandoned on tanker in Manila Bay <span class="field-title">Ship without a rudder: 15 crew abandoned on tanker in Manila Bay</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Ship-without-rudder-GLOBAL.jpeg?itok=_b3_cWy-" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/112" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">luke_m</span></span> <span class="field-created">Wed, 05/13/2020 - 12:54</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Without a rudder, food, water, electricity, lights, wi-fi, refrigeration, GPS, security or safety lights, 15 seafarers sit at anchor in Manila Bay, Philippines. Abandoned on board the Spanish-flagged <em>MV Celanova</em> (IMO 9268394).</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>With batteries running low on their mobile phones, the crew who are trapped 13 nautical miles out at sea have been making calls for urgent assistance as the vessel is running dangerously low on fuel and diesel oil and the food, fresh water and medicines that the seafarers need to survive.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA"><span>“</span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>We are strong people, but we are exhausted and now bad weather and no option to do anything if (the) vessel drag(s) the anchor,” Pedro texted the International Transport Workers</span></span><span lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA"><span>’ </span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Federation (ITF) on Sunday, 10 May<strong>.</strong>  “I hope Monday could be finished this and next week could be able to berth. Under the present condition is very dangerous our situation. We will survive until Monday.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>In an earlier email one crew member wrote to the ITF asking when they could get fresh food on board. </span></span><span lang="DE" xml:lang="DE"><span>“</span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>We are eating something that three months ago we would have never thought we would have to eat,” she texted.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA"><span>“</span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Since February 21, when I was first informed of the case, there have been thousands of WhatsApp messages,” said Luz Baz, ITF Coordinator, Spain. </span></span><span lang="DE" xml:lang="DE"><span>“</span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>I</span></span><span lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA"><span>’</span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>m in touch with them daily. But now the ship is in total blackout.” </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Crew have been sleeping on deck as there is no air conditioning, but storms on Sunday night forced the seafarers to take shelter in the dark below deck, she said.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>The 7600 </span></span><span><span>gross tonnage </span></span><em><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>MV Celanova</span></span></em><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span> is a Spanish flagged LPG tanker owned by GLOBALGAS SA, Madrid, Spain. The company has left the crew without pay for months and begging for vital provisions.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Alarmingly the LPG tanker was forced to discharge its dangerous cargo of Butadiene gas to another vessel on March 7, as the vessel was running out of the </span></span><span><span>bunker fuel needed to keep the gas refrigerated.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>On December 7, the tanker broke down and lost its rudder off the Philippines coast. Ten days later it<em> </em>was towed to anchor in Manila Bay.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Philippines Port State Control detained the vessel on 14 February after authorities </span></span><span><span>found it to be in breach of the </span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>International Labour Organization (ILO) Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) </span></span><span><span>over unpaid wages following notification by the ITF.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>The ITF is urgently requesting Filipino authorities to allow the ship into port to facilitate assistance from the flag state and the vessels insurers, the American Club.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Local authorities have agreed but only on condition a tug is provided alongside the tanker and on standby while she is moored.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA"><span>“</span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>I</span></span><span lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA"><span>’</span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>ve worked over 14 years as an ITF inspector, I have dealt with many abandoned vessels so far and this is the first time someone has asked crew pay tug hire,”</span></span> <span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Baz said. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA"><span>“</span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>The ship needs to be in port. The crew can</span></span><span lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA"><span>’</span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>t start the engine. Something has to be done. The crew are desperate. They need fuel, fresh water, provisions, medication, safety parts,” she said.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Some of the Spanish and Caribbean crew have been on board since August, others since November.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Further exacerbating the seafarers’</span></span> <span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>plight, Spanish mortgage bank ABANCA is reportedly frustrating attempts to sell the vessel to help finance the owner’s debts.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Baz wrote to Maritime Authorities in Manila warning the ship and its crew were at enormous risk of potential anchor drift, fire on board or accident due to having no capacity to maneuver.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA"><span>“</span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>The situation is seriously compromising the safety and health of a crew. They are exhausted after suffering months of enormous stress,” she wrote.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Despite the Philippines being a signatory to the MLC requiring governments to facilitate crew repatriation during abandonment, no action has been taken.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Their plight is further complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic.</span></span></span></span><span><span>  </span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>The <a href=";p_abandonment_id=421&amp;p_search_id=200513054430">ILO abandonment report</a> says communications have been maintained with the ship</span></span><span lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA"><span>’</span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>s owner and instructions have been given to provide food and fuel.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>A flag state surveyor was on board from February 27 to March 2 to check the real situation, the ILO reported. The Spanish Maritime Administration is focused on getting crew members repatriated working together with all stakeholders including the ITF.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>The Spanish government has also contacted the Philippines government requesting the ship be docked in safe port according to ILO reports. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Ship</span></span><span lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA"><span>’</span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>s master Rolando Garcia Alarcon warned the ILO the ship has serious technical deficiencies.  He requested authorisation for the ship to berth, based on humanitarian and safety reasons citing the ship being without a rudder, fuel and lights. The master also reported the vessel</span></span><span lang="AR-SA" xml:lang="AR-SA"><span>’</span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>s chains and anchors were damaged. Garbage on deck also poses a health risk and the crew and ship especially in the case of fire, he said.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>The ITF has written to the International Labour Organization requesting their intervention.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong>For more information contact</strong>: Luke Menzies, +61 433 889 844 or</p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/inspectors" hreflang="en">inspectors</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--65" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194658&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="w_Yx9HG23bCEIHY5vzq1Uh8bEJr6BvViUNDLu40Mv6Y"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52364" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52364 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52364" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589380366"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">agata</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Why they can not lower the lifeboats and go to the land??? It is just 13 miles. this can be done even with oars!<br /> contract is alrady broken from company side. now time to save their own lives!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52364&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="pTpCKmH-xxBaiJKIZSnN6UXetyBWMVnXFpulQ1UkyPI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </section> Wed, 13 May 2020 11:54:27 +0000 luke_m 194658 at XPO: Worker deaths and safety risks characterise company's pandemic response <span class="field-title">XPO: Worker deaths and safety risks characterise company&#039;s pandemic response</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WhatsApp%20Image%202020-05-13%20at%2010.48.09.jpeg?itok=1gzGZI4b" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/113" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">james_b</span></span> <span class="field-created">Wed, 05/13/2020 - 11:50</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span>The confirmed deaths were of workers employed on XPO operations in France, Italy, Britain and the Netherlands. Although it remains unconfirmed whether the six individuals contracted the virus in the workplace, all key workers face an increased risk to life and health during the current pandemic. Employers of key workers bear a heightened duty of care at this time.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>In this context, workers and union officials yesterday gave evidence to the company’s investors about XPO’s continued failure to protect its workforce during the Covid-19 pandemic. Investors are being urged to vote for much-needed corporate governance reforms at the company’s upcoming annual general meeting, while unions are demanding a Global Occupational Health and Safety Forum to prevent more deaths.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span>Concerns raised across multiple countries</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>On 19 March</span></span>, one week after the World Health Organisation declared a pandemic, the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed at XPO <strong>France</strong>. Workers withdrew their labour on the same day from 07:00 to 12:00 local time to pressure XPO into implementing physical distancing and providing the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE).</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>French XPO worker David Mondesir said: “I myself had to go out and buy my own gloves and wipes, and forget about masks because there were none. We went and got extra protective equipment where we could and distributed it to our colleagues.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>While XPO eventually agreed to the workers’ safety demands and implemented new measures, these were too late for some. “I had a colleague who was working with me for 17 years and she’s dead now. She had two kids and they’ve lost a mum now. We were extremely affected by this death and we’re still concerned.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>In the <strong>USA</strong>, employment misclassification has left outsourced workers with even less protection during the pandemic. Without access to basic rights including paid sick leave and health insurance, American worker Jose Rodriguez described his choice whether to go work as “whether to put food on the table and pay medical bills”.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>In <strong>Britain</strong>, GMB official Mick Rix described the lack of protection in accessing one XPO site as “an alarming shambles”. One worker who requested PPE was asked by a manager “why don’t you go out and buy your own?”. GMB has demanded the closure of one site pending a deep clean by the company.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Workers in other countries have also raised serious concerns about XPO’s response to Covid-19. In <strong>Spain</strong> unions have highlighted the lack of physical distancing in warehouses. A Spanish XPO worker told investors: “There are many instances where there can be contagion. The workers have the feeling that the company is not caring about them and are very nervous.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Meanwhile, in <strong>Switzerland</strong>, XPO fired 40 warehouse workers and refused to negotiate a redundancy ‘social plan’ with the union, as required by national law. This is despite the company recently </span><a href=""><span>issuing</span></a><span> $850 million of corporate debt to keep afloat during the crisis.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span>International response needed</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The XPO global network of unions has <a href="">written</a> to the company ahead of its annual general meeting, making a set of demands to substantially improve its response to the pandemic. Most importantly, XPO must set up a Global Occupational Health and Safety Forum with workers’ representatives from each country of operation to build strong protections across national borders.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>ITF inland transport secretary, Noel Coard, demanded that XPO does better for its workers. “It is extremely sad to learn of the worker deaths. Like every employer, XPO has a responsibility to ensure its employees are safe at work. In these unprecedented times, the safety of workers needs to be paramount.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“To avoid more casualties, it is vital that XPO listens to unions on how to implement protective measures. It is also important that the same, best-practice response to Covid-19 is rolled out across all of XPO’s operations in all countries. The only way to do this is to set up a Global Occupational Health and Safety Forum. We hope the company will listen and act on this request – it could literally save lives.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>ITF women transport workers and gender equality officer, Jodi Evans, added that “as logistics is a male-dominated sector, the necessary additional measures for keeping workers safe need to incorporate the specific needs of women workers. This includes women’s representation in decision-making, implementation and monitoring. Any measures should apply regardless of workers’ contractual status and be responsive to different genders.”</span></span></span></span></p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--66" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194656&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="pdk4jwOAnmZvNFfr6tZ07hXAC0Sdwb6wjEQSBtPadWI"></drupal-render-placeholder> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Wed, 13 May 2020 10:50:11 +0000 james_b 194656 at ITF expresses sadness at the death of two more cruise ship workers as seafarers continue to remain stranded abroad <span class="field-title">ITF expresses sadness at the death of two more cruise ship workers as seafarers continue to remain stranded abroad</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/ITF-Sadness-Seafarers.jpeg?itok=A_Wt3pb7" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/112" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">luke_m</span></span> <span class="field-created">Wed, 05/13/2020 - 01:27</span> <div class="field-body"><p>Whilst we await the outcome of the investigation it appears that the young Ukrainian seafarer took her own life in the Port of Rotterdam whilst awaiting repatriation home. We are currently seeking more information about the circumstances of the man’s death on board the Mariner of the Seas.<br />  <br /> The Regal Princess arrived in Rotterdam on May 6 for the final phase of the repatriation process, and seafarers on board including the deceased woman were scheduled to return home on a charter flight on Friday, May 8, but the flight was cancelled. Crew members were told that the next available flight was on May 12, but tragically the woman jumped from the ship and died after her chartered flight home was cancelled.<br />  <br /> Due to the shortage of international air travel and government restrictions, and ports applying additional restriction to seafarers working on cruise ships, getting seafarers home is very challenging and thousands of cruise ship workers have been forced to remain on board their ships.<br />  <br /> “The stress associated with social isolation for seafarers can be tough even in normal times, but what we are seeing through the Covid-19 pandemic is the tragic consequences that heightened stress and uncertainty is having on seafarers’ mental health,” said David Heindel, ITF seafarers’ section chair.<br />  <br /> “Seafarers are being penalised by the strict restrictions put in place by governments to contain the spread of the virus despite no justification or scientific proof that seafarers on cruise vessels pose any greater risk than other categories of workers or members of the public,” he added.<br />  <br /> Approximately 150,000 seafarers are currently waiting to leave or join ships, with tens of thousands currently trapped onboard ships across the globe due to the continuing imposition of travel restrictions.<br />  <br /> Seafarers’ unions are calling for the same response from government who facilitated the repatriation of tens of thousands of passengers in a matter of weeks from cruise ships around the world.<br />  <br /> “It’s time for crews to be treated as humanely as passengers were. The ITF and our social partners warned just last week that failure to do so risks the wellbeing of seafarers, maritime safety, as well as the supply chains that the world relies on. Time has come to get these seafarers home before we see more people taking their lives,” said Heindel.<br />  <br /> Four crew members have now reportedly ended their lives in less than two weeks. On May 9, a Carnival team member from Hungary died on board the Carnival Breeze with his fellow crew members finding him dead in his cabin. This followed the death of a Royal Caribbean crew member from Poland who jumped overboard from the Jewel of the Seas on April 30.  <br />  <br /> “For the sake of seafarers’ health and mental wellbeing, it is now absolutely vital that governments and flag states redouble their efforts to facilitate the return home of all seafarers who are suffering a terrible burden at the present time. Our service to the global economy should not be taken for granted,” said Heindel.</p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/health-and-safety" hreflang="en">health and safety</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--67" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194654&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="LBgZYk_3sPcsS4os3dLb4E8tXu2G8pGupo3qzTWw-o0"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52360" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52360 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52360" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589366727"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Dammika Galhenage</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>IMO have to involved and discuss with ccountries to arrange crew changes</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52360&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="MMJZs3CAZumshwnKyxP1mReAX6iW4kadKVmIeVWZzlw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52369" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52369 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52369" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589395763"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Joe Wallace </div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>God this is so sad 😞</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52369&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="024LLFY28rNECbsfas3w6uygFlPTAgW2fB5K9A1J6ck"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52372" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52372 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52372" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589438568"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/52369#comment-52369" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Joe Wallace </a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Vlad</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Dear All! Stay at home! Safe your life !!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52372&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="K7h_Se5_CEREGXtjvowg7YW5Mj-PBT2v_jfy8MiPrx4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52542" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52542 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52542" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590175447"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/52372#comment-52372" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Vlad</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Pych</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Right! At home at least will chance to survive.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52542&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="C0krXv9W4Cno0H-vQnTJb6tJnr7sA5Kh0WGevC-lk20"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div></div> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52384" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52384 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52384" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589511105"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">peta delsonno</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>YES Please .......It is time that our Seafaring family members, be they our husbands, our brothers, our boyfriends, our Mothers, our sisters, our girlfriends working on tankers, on offshore oil/gas rigs or any other maritime vessel, come home to their families so they can recover from the extremes such jobs place on them. It is time for the next relief crew to make the switch. Be the first to stand up for the people and grant this plea to the hearts of those in charge in the UK Government. </p> <p>Thank You </p> <p>Peta Delsonno and families..</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52384&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="74t8KznIHjp05xmGIRV_cV0CiAnYzr_-bP4-Q5xhCDw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52543" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52543 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52543" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590175608"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Pych</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Seafarers are dying or wanna die!! It is your and IMO fault!! You made it with us! shame!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52543&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="fstkvtV1kLIuXIvQiVn3tdLsvetv4rkzMZdPU4YtrjQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </section> Wed, 13 May 2020 00:27:48 +0000 luke_m 194654 at ITF message to seafarers <span class="field-title">ITF message to seafarers</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WhatsApp%20Image%202020-05-11%20at%2010.38.10%20PM_0.jpeg?itok=LLdZuKgn" width="1690" height="845" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/112" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">luke_m</span></span> <span class="field-created">Mon, 05/11/2020 - 13:50</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span>This is a message for every ITF seafarers affiliate and every one of their members – the seafarers who have professionally and diligently fulfilled their jobs during this unprecedented and uncertain time. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Thank you for continuing to transport vital goods and keeping global trade moving during the Covid-19 pandemic. Without your sacrifice and the sacrifices of many other transport workers, the world would have been in a much worse state and likely would have come to a complete standstill.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>On March 12, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic. In response, countries started closing their borders and imposing social distancing and restrictions on movement to try and contain the spread of the virus. Despite these restrictions and the threat of exposure to the virus, our unions and their members, the world’s seafarers, continued to perform their duties to ensure that the essential goods we need to live day to day are delivered.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Considering the overall health and safety of the seafarers, on March 17 we agreed a month-long extension to crew contracts through to April 16. This was mutually agreed to by seafarers’ unions and companies that are signatories to ITF Agreements.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>With none of us having experienced dealing with a pandemic, we had no idea how long this global health crisis would last, how bad it would get, or what needed to be agreed with employers and governments as the situation progressed. The ITF’s foremost concern and priority along with our affiliates when the decision was made to extend seafarers’ contracts was to keep seafarers healthy and safe while also enabling ships to keep moving. </span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>This has come at a huge sacrifice for many seafarers</span></span> and their families<span><span> as the various lockdowns and restrictions imposed by governments instantly brought international crew changes to a complete halt</span></span>. It has been <span><span>impossible for our seafarers to go home</span></span> or replacement crew to sign on,<span><span> and some countries </span></span>have <span><span>even denied seafarers their basic right to receive emergency medical attention and dental treatment. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>In late April, the ITF again agreed to extend contracts for another 30 days to allow discussions and consultation with industry and UN agencies on the development of protocols to ensure safe ship crew changes and travel during the coronavirus pandemic and to continue to give governments the assurances that crew changes would not exacerbate the spread of the virus. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>After weeks of intense work by the ITF, and many of its affiliated seafarer unions, developing protocols and lobbying industry and governments, the international maritime community has finally secured a “roadmap” for governments to facilitate crew changes. Consequently, on May 5, the <a href="">International Maritime Organisation (IMO) issued a 12-step plan</a> to their 174 Member States on how to “restart” crew changes so that seafarers can disembark, and fresh crews can be deployed. Unfortunately, this does not automatically mean that restrictions will be lifted immediately since each government must put in place processes and procedures for crew changes to happen, but it is a step in the right direction. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>After months of lockdowns due to Covid-19, governments are now looking at and developing plans to ease restrictions and gradually reopen businesses. Now more than ever these businesses will need our seafarers to deliver the food supplies, manufactured goods and raw materials to sustain our societies. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>The industry requested another extension to crew contracts while governments operationalise the protocols, but the ITF and its affiliates strongly felt that another extension would be counterproductive and agreed a 30-day implementation period of the protocols effective from May 15 through to  June 15. During this time the ITF expects governments to take concrete actions to facilitate crew changes. The ITF will review the implementation period on June 1 to ensure that efforts have not been in vain.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>For people who have not worked on a ship, it is hard to understand what it is like to live and work for six, eight or even 10 months on board. For seafarers it is a lifestyle, but when contracts end, seafarers are ready to go home and have an absolute right under the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) to do so. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Just as the public is looking forward to finally seeing their family and friends as Covid-19 lockdowns ease, we know from the many representations made by our affiliated unions that seafarers are too. However, unlike the rest of the population it has not been a couple of months, for many seafarers we know that it has been almost a year and for some even longer.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>In his daily briefings the WHO Director-General has reiterated the need for “national unity and international solidarity” – for seafarers sailing in international trade this has meant closed national borders and being expected to carry on with their work for the solidarity and benefit of the world without the world showing solidarity in return. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Rest assured that the ITF and its affiliated unions will continue to pressure UN agencies, governments and employers to prioritise the facilitation of crew changes for the world’s seafarers so that it is no longer an issue. The global community must take the collective responsibility and not only acknowledge seafarers as “key workers” but meaningfully demonstrate that their rights as enshrined in international and national legislation such as the ILO MLC are respected. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>There are many heroes on the front lines of the pandemic, from health care workers and cleaners to those in the food industry and in every mode of transportation including seafarers. The ITF and our affiliates – your unions – will not let up the pressure until every seafarer is home safely and those seafarers that have patiently waited at home to relieve their colleagues are on board so that the world’s goods continue to get where they are needed thanks to all of you. If the worlds governments want to assure trade continues to flow uninterrupted, it is vital that seafarers are given the ability to change crews without delay.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><em>We will continue to communicate the progress of our efforts on our dedicated <a href="">Covid-19 Updates page</a> and the <a href="">ITF Seafarers website</a></em><em> as well as our social media pages.</em></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--68" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194646&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="PLOLAtqYi98CTJBrUBeaffF8C5DGF-qnOfUBHX1fqK8"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52322" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52322 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52322" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589204144"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Joery P. Alcalde</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Thank you,ITF for the effort,we all know that all personnel of ITF are working hard to make this happen sooner.More power to ITF.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52322&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="NUVUy0EmAtvJl1guYJG4v_uFRTQ0jhJaW0_SdbOSGIs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52323" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52323 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52323" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589204618"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Reuben Rebello</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Finally some hope and relief.Thanks</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52323&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="TVXxNKPk8Po2CR36pQnGYD0463aJBtvCdyF0iKIs6fQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52325" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52325 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52325" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589214578"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Noel Broncano</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Please also do focus on those ship with dont have internet now a day because long time isolation can make a seafarer anxious about their family situation making them more to worry about their being thank you god bless</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52325&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="oDbsWLHb1pnlOPikpgph56fxuTAijtp58jU9mVlMIfI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52326" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52326 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52326" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589214841"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Dominador Dumo jr.</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>tnx.for n info about the seafarer,sir.and we hope that this pandemic virus will end soon.the questions that i want to clarify,that why.the other company.gave already.the.seafarers additional.or extra allowances/bonuses.for those who are still that even though we cant go a matter of fatcs that we understand the situation.please.can u give to all seafarers their extra bonuses during this time of pandemic all.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52326&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="tI6607Gg5w8FyeMFnkbSbbJ0LHrfkbGMvKO9ZIGpg2M"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52328" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52328 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52328" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589219637"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Jasper</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Iwant to ask about for our working in the cruiseship but our salary ws they cut for basic only..and my management told us that rules is belongnto you..its that true? Iwant to clear this.?thank you very much for your undertsanding and godbless you all...</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52328&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="dW_ySrwOj0eTERmAHmMq4yKxenn1qYh0T8Aea5VjiN4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52329" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52329 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52329" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589220500"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Seamen </div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Governments will start facilitate seamen, after 1 hour, as soon as ships stop working</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52329&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="cxGW1tEILilZC8lJWwdTgQy9z6Cv8o7FvReER0rINUc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52334" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52334 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52334" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589231859"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/52329#comment-52329" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Seamen </a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Seamab</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>I am agree 100%.....stop working at ship....</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52334&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="r8F0AEgWi3TMLdD3sV-Gjj4PUeZLGzqd9LuKN-K6aIM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52534" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52534 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52534" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590172626"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/52334#comment-52334" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Seamab</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Pych</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Full ahead. Just it will help us!!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52534&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="VZiKmTmQ-cSVmsKt3MfLDIqhbdDzHnaWGIKjFLHLPFI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div></div> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52330" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52330 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52330" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589221944"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Joi</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>I wait quite long at home. This continue for three months and still waiting inform of company how's to join on board.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52330&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="z1nvrljUPI07vIeFMtqdCqrh5kcc6dbaKSz6VTJZgQQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52331" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52331 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52331" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589225146"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Peter Tipping </div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>I’m sure if the worlds sailors threatened to strike then crew changes would be facilitated. Either that or the world would stop</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52331&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="8gdTgRaaRmX9eEs0BaJ9nDKlONZQdLbzyjTP8EATnFw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52370" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52370 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52370" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589432466"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/52331#comment-52331" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Peter Tipping </a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Angry sailor</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>The only way to have crew change is a work stoppage. That’s the only way governments and the world will listen to our demands.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52370&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="tEHRNpwB9n9kezvpvm63GXe-mblZ3R16To4r-AGk0Fo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52535" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52535 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52535" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590172658"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/52370#comment-52370" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Angry sailor</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Pych</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>+1</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52535&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="bIVhuc7HM32aAGYUxKfDZj5Eg7GVJMzOVheE3bk_JoQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div></div> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52333" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52333 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52333" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589225339"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Ravibabu</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>All these we can understand but why are we not getting paid for our extended contracts as many officers are paid double for their extended contracts</p> </div> </div> <div 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<article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52336" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52336 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52336" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589238427"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Richard Padilla N</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>ako po ay 30yrs ng Seaman hito wala pa ako dto parin at hnd ako nakaalis dhil sa covid19</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52336&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="RMcEPl-7yOSZi1y2isfqWsrFa1Zg9Kg0uB3w7K4Bi3Y"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52341" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52341 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52341" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589258431"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Rejoy Mathew</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>U can extend it till July as no country is going to open it's airspace till then.Flights are going around the world carrying airline crew,medical staff.Seafarers in cruise were stuck for more than 2 months ,now due to inaction and incompetence of seafarers governing body,they set sail to india for crew change.Shame on u.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52341&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="zAP6CY9j8C4gdv58T1RUSAwMloAdfs-5GRY8dzw6IGQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52343" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52343 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52343" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589270074"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Seaways</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Good day,</p> <p>Me I also brought to your attention the concerned of crews whose contract is only 8 plus 1 minus 1 and until now they are about to become 13 months on board,<br /> This is from seaways aframax fleet who is on emergency drydock at yalova,turkey right now.</p> <p>More power and Godbless.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52343&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="bB6KWt8MadZvYGT9GaLzcIbJAHXGhbV0qAg3PBRKbos"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52344" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52344 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52344" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589276079"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Alex </div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Oh , really ? ITF call's us heroes ? No , thank you . I don't need , and we don't need to be heroes and you know why ? Because are just WORDS that blows in the Wind . Till now you didn't do anything for us , only talk . Maritime sector still works Wright? And fools still on board ships Wright? What if we stop this ships ? What's about to happen then ? Every country starts lowering the Lockdown and still no chance to disembark... So ? We no need to be nobody's Fools ... Company's still getting their money though and we're still here hoping for better days and promises from ITF and WHO god deamn the Pope itself will give promises tomorrow but at the end we will be still here . Its pity and shameful ITF ... Stop talking we need facts not Talks</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52344&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="TFOLGCWcNZG9iwDuUJRu6aJloSYABpcoCX0ULXqek0w"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52371" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52371 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52371" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589432619"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/52344#comment-52344" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Alex </a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Angry sailor</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>We got crew member who need medical attention right now and can’t get it. WTF!!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52371&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="1MOgJcLGdgYrzud4LGQhNz5spHglbM-6cs1M1SQhhCw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52536" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52536 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52536" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590172759"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/52344#comment-52344" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Alex </a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Pych</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>You are absolutely right!!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52536&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="fZXxNF9LQ1K82e0GImvdtzuqeQ2TWwXnwm1tn-I5YA4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52345" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52345 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52345" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589277698"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">DaveBidgood </div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Seafarers are much safer at sea it an occupation stay aboard when along side don't let shoresiders aboard they bring the virus top team</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52345&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="hCfDLfnPTEQ_k7sDTRdj3Tp65WWAz_fVHAXDyJJUPW4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52346" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52346 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52346" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589285007"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Allan Acebo</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Thank you ITF for your undying support for all seafarers globally.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52346&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="IuShJ0wMRB5YYlYryeGOZGjGjy6E8BDSU7jvuCAqehY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52347" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52347 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52347" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589285491"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Joviel M. Rubio</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Thanks ITF for for unwavering concer for us seafarers.<br /> Onboard, I personally observed crew already enduring stress and fatigue, at least urge managenent companies/shipowners to take a step to boost the morale of the crew, such as give hazard pay, allowances when going to COVID-19 high risk countries, etc., not extra work loads in this time of pandemic as crew are not productive anymore.<br /> We heal as One!</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52347&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="ftCYTmZmxxOrMpgEMH7np7h5Na8iFS9RX4Rbsmcei-A"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52348" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52348 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52348" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589285764"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Vijendra Kumar</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>मेरा इकलौता बेटा भी समुद्री जहाज पर है। मैं भी उसकी सुरक्षित वापसी चाहता हूं। हम 72 व 66 वर्षीय एकाकी दंपति हैं । आशा है आप इस ओर ध्यान देंगे।</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52348&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="PotFDmMtqqrwbiNLynsrzWlXEl4Ha8Xo1fdE4C_VF6M"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52349" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52349 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52349" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589289111"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Andrey</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Agree with 150% that for 2 month is just a blow dust in to the eyes.Nothing is changing.Nobody listen ITF,ICS.No one help us untill Covid stopped by itself. 23 of the crew on board our vessel dont believe in your promisses and actions.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52349&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="BmC8zZj5HeIyYaYyIQjzZ-Wu2vG6YMCz8p4TtutPa2A"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52350" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52350 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52350" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589289427"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Nestor La-anan</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Please provide us internet access we dont have internet onboard and we have a long voyage of 2 weeks ...</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52350&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="GGBfcX9I0SdIUi2lCuN9NvTPdhNbNUCYjgEZX6A2hsc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52351" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52351 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52351" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589296989"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Bae Jung -Ho</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>It's a great job for the ITF to make a new marine history for the seafarers in world on a historical moment and no body has been experienced. I'm very proud of myself who is a member of the ITF family.<br /> Keep it up! Fighting ! Forever ITF !</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52351&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="hBZDnZOFVCACnYjuomhHTj-t7csAVkR0VJ_KUK6uckI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52403" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52403 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52403" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589620401"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Pych</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Постоянно одно и тоже... Мой контракт закончился до объявления пандемии вообще. Но компания и в предыдущие разы игнорировала запросы на смену,игнорировала права,конвенции...на борту помощник,который уже двенацатый месяц здесь, сам признается,что уже не в себе. Почему его не сменили вовремя,тогда бы и контракт не был просрочен,а сейчас какая безопасность жизни и судна,если вахту стоит человек в такой ситуаци.И это судно под профсоюзным договором,но при этом куча сомнительных моментов:контракт на 4 месяца,а в профсоюзном договоре почему-то указан срок в 10. Мучаюсь болями,но ничего,раз могу пить таблетки и работать,то основываясь на мнении капитана менеджмент считает,что здоров....это не просто беспредел из-за вируса. Это вы позволяете такое творить с моряками!!! Какие меры вы принимаете,если нарушают контракт,как вы это проверяете вообще? Ждёте когда моряки оставят жалобу...а что потом с моряком будет вы думаете? Когда компания нарушавшая его права, после такой жалобы его уволит и больше не возьмёт на работу, так ещё и другим компаниям будет оглашать, что моряк плохой. Ваша система показала полную неработоспособность для моряков. Я обратился раз и просидел 8 месяцев потом без работы,так как в моем флоте меня брать не хотели из-за рекомендаций, нарушавшего права, работадателя. Никаких шансов на справедливость на берегу вообще нет. Где штрафы и глобальное оглашение нарушение прав? Почему вы не вводите опросы хотя бы среди моряков о нанимателям,чтобы создать рейтинг и статистику нарушений для моряков? Мне и раньше было тяжело работать,но теперь я вообще в отчаянии,так как моряк-это практически раб,который работает с условными правами, которые все игнорируют целенаправленно. Судовладельцы или компании продолжают безнаказанно творить беспредел и ничего не хотят делать, особенно сейчас им на руку вирус,разводят руками,что "что же поделать, вирус же". Вирус уже давно захватил эту индустрию - безнаказанность, бесчеловечная комерция и жажда наживы, сидя в офисе, пока кто-то выполняет тяжёлую работу вдалеке от своих семей и культуры. Зарплаты поднимать не спешат, сроки контрактов уменьшать тоже, даже не обяжут судовладельцев платить за пересиживания месяцами, ведь можно просто прислать продления и потребовать подписать. Моряк не откажется же и всем наплевать. Вот реальность,а не ваши статейки, когда вы оглашаете о своих больших усилиях...</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52403&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="6SNt2kTZp-ZzZQsl_pltNH54IOWmc3ms-bpRsT2Aivw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52407" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52407 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52407" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589673188"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Nandan kumar</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>I am 3/E , i have completed 8 mnth onboard, i am completely exhausdted, neigther i am safe on board, nor the machinary i am working on... Do smthing boss as early as possible...</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52407&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="ZiLZ_XV078HAwW4mxRYBmgtbM0sMf0tyf13ms9bwI3g"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52408" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52408 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52408" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1589673411"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Nandan kumar</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>We need to be strong and stop all the global trade then only all government will think of us. Plse do it ITF, U hv our fool support..</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52408&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="RoqAzUqKZFWRHj257-Oovr3ZqSRYRmuKuwdvcGup4Sk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52512" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52512 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52512" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590075705"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Vitaliy</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Нужно как можно скорее начать смену экипажей на морских судах. Все правительства игнорируют факт, что морякам тоже нужно возвращаться домой. Почему туристы и отдыхающие спокойно возвращаются в свои семьи , в свои дома, а мы моряки, не можем вернуться домой, туристам и отдыхающим хоть как-то ещё помогают вернуться домой а нам морякам вообще ни кто не помогает, ни кто даже ни разу не спросил, каково нам здесь? Мы моряки сейчас находимся в обсалютной изоляции, лично я уже 5 ый месяц не разу на берег не сошёл, о на судне в целом уже 8 -й месяц, очень устал и физически и морально и эмоционально тоже, кажется что нас лешили обсалютно всех прав, мы лишены свободы, как в тюрьме, в конце концов я просто хочу женщину, обнять свою жену, сына хочу увидеть, по земле походить, встретиться с родными и близкими, поесть домашнего хлеба и борща,и просто отдохнуть а потом заняться домашними делами, и проблемами каторые накопились и их срочно нужно решать.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52512&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="iKRsNToAdldWU421ZsIVe-eHA4l8tzLMqL90wIj-m6s"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52513" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52513 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52513" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590076101"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Vitaliy</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 2 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Хочу добавит и то что за 7 отработанных месяца у меня и песок из почек пошел и позвоночник надорвал, сейчас болит в области поясницы, болит так что аж на ноги боль перешла, и теперь и ноги болят в районе тазобедренного сустава очень болит, и всем наплевать.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52513&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="knTsxEnr27gJo0XF8WHV2PY3Lx_k7cghgQyvwJfeAWU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52687" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52687 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52687" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1590777586"></mark> <footer> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/en/comment/52513#comment-52513" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Vitaliy</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">Морячок</div> <div class="c-comment-created">2 months 1 week ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>Да,коллега.плевали он на нас. Деньги идут,их мир работает,а на рабов можно внимания не обращать. Новыйх наймут и все. Держись! Но надейся только на себя, Itf нам бы уже помог,если хотел.</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=52687&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="07I2hyekKWPX-L4iMKJzLPROg29JweVoUo7pHKQ9mAM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </section> Mon, 11 May 2020 12:50:32 +0000 luke_m 194646 at Seafarers' access to long-term medications <span class="field-title">Seafarers&#039; access to long-term medications</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/ITF_Covid-19-Medicines-WEB.jpg?itok=Yay5_zw1" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/112" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">luke_m</span></span> <span class="field-created">Fri, 05/08/2020 - 06:48</span> <div class="field-body"><p><strong>The Covid-19 crisis has exposed the global seafaring community to numerous challenges. Maritime employers and seafarers' unions, along with many other international organisations, are working relentlessly to ensure the work and dedication of our seafarers, to provide the world with essential products including food, medicine and fuels, is recognised.</strong></p> <p>Governments have been urged to recognise seafarers as key workers and to ease restrictions impacting on their ability to join or leave a ship, and to provide immediate medical assistance, when required. It is hoped that the situation will improve in the near future.</p> <p>Hundreds of thousands of seafarers have already exceeded or are in the process of exceeding the length of their tour of duty on board and this has negatively impacted seafarers' psychological and physical wellbeing.  In addition, the extended period on board may have affected their ability to source and renew prescriptions for long-term medications.</p> <p>It is essential with the uncertainty and time needed to resolve the current crew change situation, seafarers should request, without delay, access to long-term medications that they require so that they can be purchased and delivered as essential items.</p> <p>Legislation differs by country and it is not always possible to obtain certain types of medicine, to use repeat prescriptions or to validate electronic prescriptions, especially under the current restrictions. Therefore, seafarers who are running low of essential personal medications should:</p> <ol> <li><strong>Alert the ship’s Master of the need to obtain a repeat prescription, providing accurate detail on the medication required</strong>, including correct dosage to assist the ship’s request to the port agent and provide information to the port authorities to obtain the medicine.</li> <li><strong>Where possible obtain an electronic prescription from your GP before arriving in a port or pass a hard copy of the prescription</strong> (if available) to allow the port agent to verify if it is accepted as evidence to purchase the medicine.</li> <li><strong>Contact an ITF Inspector, seafarers’ centre or mission to obtain information</strong>, delivery and purchase of medicines, if privacy and confidentiality is required and they do not wish to notify the ship’s management (please note that during the current restrictions, the activity of seafarers’ centres and missions have been heavily restricted).</li> <li><strong>If possible, seek supply from their country of residence</strong>. However, under the current restrictions, delivery may be affected by limitations and delays, and the ship sailing before delivery.  Delivery of parcels containing prescriptions may also be subject to quarantine, depending on the applicable country and company policies on Covid-19 contagion prevention.</li> </ol> <p><strong>Seafarers’ health is a priority, whoever requires help to procure medications should act now. If you have any doubts or need advice, please contact: <a href=""></a> or <a href=""></a>  </strong></p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/health-and-safety" hreflang="en">health and safety</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--69" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194639&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="wSnYct5xC1qJmywnqV1MyFSDF2gMuMy_ZLDFH6h172E"></drupal-render-placeholder> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Fri, 08 May 2020 05:48:09 +0000 luke_m 194639 at ITF backs call for equality at Turkish Airlines <span class="field-title">ITF backs call for equality at Turkish Airlines</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/COVID19%20Turkish%20Airlines%20v3.png?itok=eDXo597I" width="1690" height="845" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/113" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">james_b</span></span> <span class="field-created">Thu, 05/07/2020 - 15:01</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Earlier this year, as the Covid-19 pandemic began to spread westwards to Turkey, around 2,500 Turkish Airlines workers volunteered for unpaid leave to help the company maintain financial stability. Workers agreed to these exceptional arrangements as aircraft were being grounded worldwide in an effort to contain the spread of the virus.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>On 1 April, the Turkish government launched a welcome income support scheme to keep workers employed across the economy. Turkish Airlines has taken advantage of this scheme to subsidise labour costs for a large section of its workforce. However, workers who had earlier volunteered for unpaid leave are not receiving this support.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The situation is especially acute for workers over the age of 60. The government has imposed a partial curfew on people in this age bracket due to the heightened health risk from coronavirus, but Turkish Airlines is now pressuring this section of the workforce to take unpaid leave. This is a clear violation of International Labour Organisation treaties that Turkey has ratified, and which outlaw discrimination on the basis of age.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>On 22 April the ITF civil aviation secretary, Gabriel Mocho Rodriguez, wrote to the chief executive of Turkish Airlines in support of Hava-Is’ demands for equal treatment. He reminded Turkish Airlines of the country’s commitments under international law, and reiterated the willingness of ITF and its affiliates to cooperate with airlines in finding a sustainable solution to the current crisis.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/civil-aviation" hreflang="en">civil aviation</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--70" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194638&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="mJ2le0Ll-cTIliWRH7piiJmgan2dTauIk3V2LBMRABw"></drupal-render-placeholder> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Thu, 07 May 2020 14:01:06 +0000 james_b 194638 at Industry and unions set out a 12-step solution for governments to free seafarers from COVID-19 lockdown <span class="field-title">Industry and unions set out a 12-step solution for governments to free seafarers from COVID-19 lockdown</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/IMO-circular-ICS-ITF.jpeg?itok=mU5eWCPD" width="1690" height="950" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/93" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Natalie</span></span> <span class="field-created">Wed, 05/06/2020 - 14:30</span> <div class="field-body"><ul> <li><span><span><strong><span><span>Comprehensive ‘roadmap’ developed by a supply chain coalition led by industry and unions in cooperation with UN agencies</span></span></strong></span></span></li> <li><span><span><strong><span><span>12-step plan issued by International Maritime Organization provides a route forward for governments on how to facilitate ship crew change during the pandemic</span></span></strong></span></span></li> <li><strong><span><span><span><span>Failure to relieve crews risks the wellbeing of seafarers, maritime safety, and the critical supply chains the world relies on.</span></span></span></span></strong></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>To assist governments to put in place coordinated procedures to facilitate the safe movement of seafarers, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) today <a href="">issued a 12-step plan</a> to 174 member states, providing them with a roadmap to free seafarers from their Covid-19 lockdown and allow </span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>appropriate exemptions for them to </span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>join or leave ships</span></span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The <a href="">55-page roadmap</a> has been advanced by a broad coalition of seafarers’ unions, and international shipping industry associations, with input from airline industry representatives, international organisations, and the insurance sector, to provide a comprehensive blueprint of how governments can facilitate crew changeovers and </span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>resolve safety concerns throughout the entire process.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>I</span></span><span><span>n two weeks’, time, approximately 150,000 merchant seafarers will need to be changed over to ensure compliance with international maritime regulations, with tens of thousands currently trapped onboard ships across the globe due to the continuing imposition of travel restrictions. Failure to do so risks the wellbeing of seafarers, maritime safety, as well as the supply chains that the world relies on.   </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Last Friday on International Workers’ Day, ships across the world sounded their horns as part of the #HeroesAtSeaShoutout initiative, aimed at reminding governments of the plight and sacrifice of the world’s 1.2 million seafarers who are keeping the world supplied during the COVID-19 pandemic.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Guy Platten, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) said:</span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“We have seen from the heroes at sea shoutout that seafarers are doing their bit to keep trade flowing. We stand ready to support our seafarers and we are working with political leaders so that they can steer a steady course and allow safe crew changes to take place.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“The problem is simplistic, but the solution is complex. So, we have stepped up and done the homework and developed the protocols. We are now working with governments to implement this roadmap.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Seafarers continue to work really hard, day-in, day-out and far away from loved ones, but if we are not able to free our seafarers from their COVID-19 lockdown we could start to see disruption to trade and more importantly we increase the risk of accident and occurrences of mental health issues. Putting this off is no longer an option.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The protocols clearly set out the responsibility of governments, shipowners, transport providers and seafarers. The protocols also provide a framework to develop robust procedures that can be adopted worldwide to ensure that trade can keep flowing and seafarers can be relieved. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Stephen Cotton, General Secretary, International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) said:</span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Today seafarers’ unions, industry and the ILO and IMO are jointly calling on governments worldwide to </span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>put an end to hardships faced by the 150,000 seafarers currently stranded and pave a way for them to return home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“This is about governments recognising the critical role that seafarers play in global supply chains, recognising them as key workers, and providing immediate and consistent exceptions from COVID-19 restrictions to allow crew changeovers.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>“International seafarers are </span></span><span><span>bearing the burden first-hand as governments turn a blind eye to the ‘forgotten sector’. The ITF, ICS and IMO have a clear message, governments cannot continue with a mentality of out of sight, out of mind, and we strongly urge governments to use this roadmap to act now before we suffer more serious consequences.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>This critical issue is increasingly taking on a humanitarian dimension for those crews which have already spent many months at sea, and which urgently need to be repatriated to their home countries and to be replaced. Apart from the need for shipping companies to comply with international regulations and contractual obligations, service periods on board ships cannot be extended indefinitely due to the dangerous impacts this has for the health and well-being of ship crew and, most importantly, safe ship operations. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The <a href="">12-step solution</a> provides governments with the global framework to facilitate changeovers of ships’ crews, including the lack of available flights. In view of the importance of international maritime transport to the resilience of the global economy at this critical time, the recommendations have been produced in record time to enable governments to take the urgent action needed to address this issue.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Contact:</span></span></strong><br /> <span><span>ITF: Luke Menzies, +61 (0) 433 889 844 or </span></span><a href=""><span><span></span></span></a><br /> <span><span>ICS: Duncan Bray, +44 (0) 208 638 8753 or </span></span><a href=""><span><span></span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Notes to Editors:</span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The 12-step plan entitled “Recommended Framework of Protocols for Ensuring Safe Ship Crew Changes and Travel during the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic”, as circulated by IMO, can be found <a href="">here</a>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Protocols were jointly developed by the following global associations representing the maritime transportation sector: ICS, ITF, BIMCO, CLIA, FONASBA, IAPH, IFSMA, IMCA, IMEC, INTERCARGO, INTERFERRY, InterManager, INTERTANKO, IPTA, IG P&amp;I Clubs and WSC, with input from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). ILO and WHO also provided vital input into the document, along with ICS national shipowner associations and ITF affiliated seafarers’ unions. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--71" class="field-field_comment"> <h2>Post new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=194623&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="5A7dhi3Ke-w2WANlB4gMK0Wura7DYoumG89dk0GhW2o"></drupal-render-placeholder> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-52254" class="js-ajax-comments-id-52254 js-comment" about="/en/comment/52254" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1588777497"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">DIGVIJAY PRATAP SINGH</div>