RSS Feed en ITF wins back $1.7 million in owed wages as more seafarers abandoned <span class="field-title">ITF wins back $1.7 million in owed wages as more seafarers abandoned</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Port%20of%20Aden_0.png?itok=S0W11waK" 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, 12/03/2020 - 09:22</span> <div class="field-field_image_caption">By the time the MV Mako was docked in the Port of Aden, Yemen, a seafarer had been on board for twelve months - nine of them unpaid.</div> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>Amid a concerning rise in cases of shipowners abandoning their vessels and crew, unions have helped recover more than USD$1.7 million in wages owed to 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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>Since June this year, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and its national union affiliates have assisted more than 135 seafarers across 12 ships in the Arab World to return to their families across the globe.</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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>Mohamed Arrachedi is the ITF’s Arab World and Iran Network coordinator. While he thinks recovering the impressive haul for the workers shows the ITF’s effectiveness on behalf of seafarers, he is concerned that wages went unpaid in the first place.</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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>“Cases of abandonment and unpaid wages are definitely on the rise across the world, and in this region in particular. We’re also seeing more employers withholding the wages they owe to seafarers – and seafarers are paying the price,” Arrachedi said.</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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>“</span></span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>A major factor is crew change</span></span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>. Governments’ Covid-19 border restrictions and the cost of international flights mean that ever more employers are cutting their losses and abandoning their </span></span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>obligations towards seafarers – </span></span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>often </span></span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>folding their business </span></span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>with seafarers still on board and thousands of dollars out of pocket.”</span></span></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="19d7233f-514d-4836-bf0f-9bfee3bcbca6" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/MohamedArrachedi.jpg" /> <figcaption><strong><em>ITF Arab World and Iran Network coordinator, Mohamed Arrachedi</em></strong></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><span>Arrachedi says that, in typically cases of abandonment, employers will stop paying wages for a number of weeks, then months. </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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>“They will promise the crew the outstanding wages, as well as speedy repatriation if the crew’s contracts are over. They keep promising. And then one day, a shipowner or their agent will stop responding to crew’s messages.”</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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>“Employers can often vanish without a trace. Gone.”</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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>But not all instances of unpaid wages result in abandonment, which can make it hard for seafarers to know when their employer is being honest about why wages are not being paid.</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 lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>Seafarers scared to ‘rock the boat’</span></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><span>Many seafarers are often concerned about the consequences of arguing with their employer over matters like pay – even if they suspect or know that they are being cheated. </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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>There are two reasons why seafarers feel intimidated.</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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>Firstly, ‘blacklisting’, or the banning of seafarers by shipowners and their recruiting agents from future employment opportunities, is still thought to be widespread in the industry.</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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>“Seafarers are worried that if they speak up, they won’t get another contract,” says Arrachedi.</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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>The second reason for the hesitancy to speak out is that shipowners are seafarers’ tickets home. Under the Maritime Labour Convention, an employer pays for the cost of getting seafarers to and from ships. Seafarers worry that an angred shipowner could defer or deny them repatriation as punishment for raising concern over unpaid wages.</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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>To make matters worse, right now there are up to 400,000 seafarers trapped working aboard cargo vessels and unable to go home. Often, their slim chances of overcoming government Covid border restrictions relies on the determination of their employers to navigate obstructive bureaucracy and put seafarers on record-high priced flights.</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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>For many seafarers tired after 12, 14 or 18 months at sea and desperate to get home, making an enemy of their employer is risk they are not willing to take.</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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>“In most of these cases, we had to fight hard to ensure seafarers’ rights were respected, and it always requires that they first stand up for themselves and speak up. So many of these seafarers were intimidated and threatened for even contacting the ITF,” says Arrachedi.</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><em><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>MV Mako</span></span></span></span></em></strong><strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>, Port of Aden</span></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><span>The 17-member crew of the Moldovan-flagged cargo carrier <em>MV Mako</em> dared to speak up after they went a full nine months without getting paid. </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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>After being paid three months of wages from when he joined the ship in Algeria, </span></span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>Egyptian </span></span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>seafarer Hasan* stopped recieiving payments from his employer. Hasan said that, on reflection, warning signs were present when he was made to buy his own plane tickets to take up the job. He even had to supply his own safety boots and clothing to work in.</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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>By the time the <em>Mako</em> was docked in the Port of Aden, Yemen, in August 2020, he had been on board for twelve months, nine of them unpaid.</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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>Hasan demanded to leave the ship, be paid his outstanding wages, and be repatriated home. He contacted the ITF for assistance.</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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>Under ITF pressure, the company agreed to arrange and pay for Hasan’s flight home. The ITF ensured he was paid his USD$5,292 in withheld wages, as well as a refund for the travel expenses he incurred joining the ship.</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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>Hasan’s crewmates aboard the <em>MV Marko</em> also experienced unpaid wages while working on the vessel. In fact, all of the other crew members had not been paid for at least some portion of their employment on board.<em> </em>After Hasan had been repatriated, some of his crewmates came forward to the ITF in the port Adabiyya, Egypt, determined to do something about their plight. With ITF help they were repatriated with USD$38,792 of their wages in hand.</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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>During the process of assisting seafarers experiencing unpaid wages, the ITF will often reach out to the Flag State where the ship is registered, requesting they encourage or compell a ship owner to do the right thing and pay outstanding entitlements to affected employees. However, the predominantly Syrian crew of the <em>MV Mako </em>did not receive support from Moldova during their pay battles.</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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>More than 400 ships are currently registered to landlocked Moldova, a country which is </span></span></span></span><a href=""><span><span><span>still yet to ratify</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span> the Maritime Labour Convention. However, the convention is still applicable when Moldovan-flagged ships are in the ports of the 90 countries which have ratified the convention. Port State Control agencies are tasked with enforing compliance with the MLC, and can detain ships.</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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>“That’s why it is so important that crew speak up. In many cases, we can help them </span></span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>if they report unpaid </span></span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>wages and contract violations,” Arrachedi says.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>*Hasan not his real name.</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><em><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>MV Hannoud</span></span></span></span></em></strong><strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>, Beirut</span></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><span>As part of the recovered wages haul, Arrachedi and the ITF’s Arab World and Iran Network also helped 18 seafarers get back over four months’ of unpaid wages in Beirut.</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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>The seafarers were crewing the Sierra Leone-flagged livestock carrier <em>MV Hannoud </em>when the shipowner abandoned their responsibilities, leaving the crew even without food and water.</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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>Arrachedi said that in a serious situation like this, a ‘Flag State’ would typically step up and make sure seafarers on vessels sailing under their flag are provided with provisions, their unpaid entitlements, and a way home. However, Arrachedi says, the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration failed to respond as the plight of the <em>MV Hannoud</em><strong> </strong>grew more dire. </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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>The <em>MV Hannoud</em> was arrested by Lebanese authorities and docked in Beirut as interested commercial parties battled over the future of the ship in court. The ITF assisted the seafarers with provisions. </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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>By the end of June, the legal battles were over and ship left Beirut. The ITF helped all 18 seafarers recover four months of owed wages, with USD$141,790 paid out between them.</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><em><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>MV Algrace</span></span></span></span></em></strong><strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>, UAE</span></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><span>The ITF also helped the crew of one Panamanian-flagged vessel recover almost USD100,000 in unpaid wages owed to the <em>MV Algrace</em>’s Syrian crew. Firstly, USD29,446 was returned to seafarers as the ship docked in Jebel Ali in theUnited Arab Emirates. When another seven seafarers came forward, another haul of USD$62,773 was clawed back with ITF help.</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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>Most of the crew disembarked on 7 September and were repatriated via Sudan two days later.</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 lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>Network gets results</span></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><span>Arrachedi explains that a large share of the recovered wages is thanks to combined efforts of the ITF’s Arab World and Iran Network. Officially formed in 2018, the network is powered by volunteers from unions across the region who are concerned about the welfare of 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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>“I must say a big thanks and big merit must go to the continuous efforts of our ITF contacts in the Arab world – Brother Mazern in Yemen,  Brothers Hamdan and Abdelhafiz in Sudan as well as Brothers Nasser and Haytham in Lebanon. I could not have achieved these outcomes alone.”</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-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>“We are confident that with the growing awareness amongst the seafarers in the region of the signs of abandonment, that more seafarers will make a stand, denounce injustice and claim their rights. We can bring the impunity of some some bad shipowners to an end. The first step is for seafarer to contact the ITF.”</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 lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>Getting support</span></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><span>If you are a seafarer who requires immediate help or support, contact </span></span></span></span><a href=""><span><span><span>ITF Seafarers Support</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><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 lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>See also: </span></span></span></span><a href=""><span><span><span>Stranded at Sea: ITF addressing abandonment in the Arab World.</span></span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <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, 03 Dec 2020 09:22:17 +0000 Rory_M 195003 at SG-STAR Fund Taskforce Develops CrewSafe Audit Programme and Attracts more Global Partners <span class="field-title">SG-STAR Fund Taskforce Develops CrewSafe Audit Programme and Attracts more Global Partners</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Partners.png?itok=WbqvXsiF" 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, 12/02/2020 - 09:45</span> <div class="field-body"><p><strong>Joint release from the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), International Maritime Employers' Council (IMEC), International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU) and Singapore Organisation of Seamen (SOS)</strong></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><em><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>IMEC-ITF Quarantine Project in Manila Declared as CrewSafe </span></span></span></em></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>The Singapore Shipping Tripartite Alliance Resilience (SG-STAR) Fund is the first global ground-up tripartite initiative with international partners including the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), the International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC) and the International Chamber of Shipping, to work with stakeholders in seafaring nations on concrete solutions for safe crew changes, starting with the Philippines. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>The SG-STAR Fund is recently joined with support from more international organisations - Global Maritime Forum Maritime Industry Crew Change Taskforce, INTERTANKO, Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, and World Shipping Council, as well as seven port authorities from Abu Dhabi, Antwerp, Barcelona, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Sines, and Vancouver.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>The SG-STAR Fund Taskforce (SFTF), led by the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), with members from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Singapore Maritime Officer’s Union and Singapore Organisation of Seamen, has developed a CrewSafe audit programme based on Singapore’s crew change model, to establish safe and scalable ‘corridors’ for crew change. This will help ensure quality checks on quarantine/holding, medical and swabbing facilities in crew-supplying countries. Please refer to <a href="">Annex A</a> for more details. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>The SFTF has appointed auditors to conduct assessments at the recently inaugurated IMEC-ITF safe quarantine processes and facilities in Manila, Philippines, namely St. Giles Hotel and Marriot Hotel, as well as the safe quarantine processes by the </span></span></span><span><span><span>Norwegian Shipowners’ Association</span></span></span><span><span><span> at Marriot Hotel and the </span></span></span><span><span><span>AMOSUP Seamen’s Hospital Molecular &amp; PCR Laboratory</span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>. SFTF expressed satisfaction that these facilities fulfil the CrewSafe criteria, complying with the following Safe Management Measures, among other requirements. Please refer to <a href="">Annex B </a>for the listing of these four facilities. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>SFTF is looking at further enhancements of the CrewSafe audit programme, which could include the use of electronic tamper-proof smart wearable devices while the crew are in quarantine, as well as secure document processing for onboarding crew.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Given the endorsement by the auditors, MPA will streamline application procedures for sign-on crew from these accredited facilities boarding ships in Singapore, in line with the objective of facilitating crew change in a safe and responsible manner.   </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>“Singapore takes our responsibility to facilitate safe crew change seriously. We are pleased to work with our global tripartite partners to accelerate the development of practical solutions for crew change amid the pandemic. We are also pleased to have the support of ports from Abu Dhabi, Antwerp, Barcelona, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Sines, and Vancouver, as well as international maritime organisations such as the Global Maritime Forum Maritime Industry Crew Change Taskforce, INTERTANKO, Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, and World Shipping Council to recognise the CrewSafe and other programmes by the SG-STAR Fund as a global initiative to facilitate safe crew change. We look forward to welcoming more like-minded partners to join us in this global alliance,” said Ms Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of MPA.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>“The SFTF aims to have a gradual global recognition of the CrewSafe process that identifies the safe and secure facilities. Such acknowledgements by national governments and international organisations will ensure greater participation and bring a long-term solution to crew movement across national borders,” said Mr Nitin Mathur, SSA Council Member and Chair of the SFTF.</span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/seafarers" hreflang="en">seafarers</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--2" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Wed, 02 Dec 2020 09:45:12 +0000 Natalie 195002 at Stop the Heathrow’s great British rip off and support striking Unite members <span class="field-title">Stop the Heathrow’s great British rip off and support striking Unite members </span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Heathrow.JPG?itok=2YtA-mgB" width="1690" height="1268" 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">Tue, 12/01/2020 - 18:28</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span>Heathrow Airport Ltd, the company that owns one of the world’s busiest airports is trying to rip off thousands of their workers with a devious plan to let them go and hire them back on lower wages. Heathrow’s plans will mean up to 25% wage cuts for these workers – a major blow to the brave workers who have worked throughout the pandemic.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The airport firefighters, engineers, baggage operators and security staff who keep us safe are all standing up against Heathrow’s ‘fire and rehire’ plan for them by taking strike action for at least four days this month.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Heathrow think they can get away with this greedy wage snatch under the cover of the pandemic. They think we will all be too busy this Christmas to notice their big rip off.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>So let’s show Heathrow’s greedy airport bosses that the whole world is watching – <strong>and we stand with the workers!</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Take action</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Show your support for the brave members of Unite the Union at Heathrow by jumping on social media right now to tell Heathrow that you won’t be travelling through their airport until they drop their shameful plans:</span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span>Twitter: Share your views on Heathrow and support for the workers by using the hashtags #StoptheWageCuts and #HeathrowStrike </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Photo: Take a picture with a solidarity message or raising your fist to support the Heathrow workers and email it to <a href=""><span></span></a> (be sure to copy in <a href=""></a> so we can show the world where you stand!).</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Video: Record your short message of support and send it via WhatsApp to +447904 057 360</span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><strong>What’s it all about?</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Heathrow says they need to make the pay cuts, which are up to 25% of its workers’ wages, but Unite the Union knows the truth. Even despite the ongoing pandemic, regional flights are returning to Europe and airports are starting to recover. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Heathrow Airport Ltd. has large cash reserves extending past 12 months that they should be drawing on now before harming the people who make the airport run, many of whom have been loyal Heathrow employees for decades.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Unite's regional coordinating officer Wayne King said: "[Heathrow workers] are taking strike action as a last resort as cuts to up to a quarter of their pay are forcing them into poverty. To add insult to injury, Heathrow has sought to force through its fire and rehire proposals in the most brutal manner possible."</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The workers have the full solidarity of the ITF’s global family of unions. We know that other companies will think they can get away with wage cut rip offs like this if we let Heathrow succeed.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The ITF will not allow the pandemic to be an excuse to slash wages anywhere, whilst making inequality even worse in a country like the United Kingdom.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Gabriel Mocho Rodriguez, ITF Civil Aviation Section Secretary, said: "Our affiliate, Unite the Union, emphasises that the employer, Heathrow Airport Ltd., is sitting on billions of pounds. Still, they are trying to force key workers to take such deep pay cuts amid a global pandemic. This course of action is unacceptable. The ITF stands with the Heathrow workers and we ask all ITF affiliated unions to express their support with striking Heathrow workers."</span></span></span></p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--3" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Tue, 01 Dec 2020 18:28:15 +0000 Natalie 195001 at Unbreakable solidarity with HIV-positive transport workers on World AIDS Day 2020 <span class="field-title">Unbreakable solidarity with HIV-positive transport workers on World AIDS Day 2020</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/World%20AIDS%20Day%20Webimage.png?itok=Xf4O3oJy" width="1690" height="887" 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, 11/30/2020 - 23:31</span> <div class="field-body"><p><strong>STATEMENT FROM THE GENERAL SECRETARY, STEPHEN COTTON | HIV/AIDS / CREW CHANGE CRISIS</strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and our global union family of affiliates represent what are likely to number hundreds of thousands of the world’s 37.9 million people living with HIV or AIDS.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>These people are our mothers, our fathers, our sisters, our brothers, our children, our workmates. They are us.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In 2020, in most parts of the world, we have come a long way in reducing the stigma and shame associated with this disease, which left untreated, can still take the lives of those we care about too soon. And it still leaves countless more experiencing lifetimes of ill health and expensive medical bills.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>I want to send a message to all those HIV-positive transport workers, who drive our buses, ticket our trains, pilot our ships, operate our port cranes, clean our planes, or catch our fish: we have unbreakable solidarity with you.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>This isn’t just because the theme for this year’s World AIDS Day is ‘Global solidarity, shared responsibility’. It’s because solidarity, real solidarity – through our actions and our deeds – is a fundamental union value. It’s what makes us strong, and kind, and unbeatable.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>I want to tell those transport workers – the ones battling to get the drugs they need, to get treatment, who still have to hide their status from their managers or their friends, who have been told that they will likely die sooner than the person they thought they would grow old with, who have ever believed the lie that they deserve their fate – that we have unbreakable solidarity with you. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>We value your contribution to the world, however great or small you may believe it to be today. You are a transport worker. You keep the world moving. Without you, nothing can go forward.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>There is a lot of work to do to ensure that every transport worker has free and equal access to the quality health care, and the social dignity, that they need to live long, happy, healthy lives.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Where some of the most pressing work to be done is in solidarity with HIV-positive seafarers who are right now facing a double crisis. The crew change crisis,  where quarantine restrictions have triggered governments to close borders and ban seafarers from stepping ashore has led to a crisis in seafarers’ ability to access the HIV medicines and medical treatments that they need to be healthy, and for many – stay alive.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>HIV-positive seafarers facing pandemic medication crisis</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The global shipping industry is held up by its workforce, the seafarers who come from all over the world. They are the nearly two million people who operate the 65,000 ships securing the world’s supply chains. In fact, seafarers bringing you 90 per cent of all the things you wear, buy, drive and eat – of everything. And just prior to the pandemic, this included more than 300,000 seafarers in the incredibly diverse cruise industry.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Among this global workforce are seafarers from every country, including Filipino, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Russian, Ukrainian, Samoan, British, American Italian and Norwegian seafarers. They’re a cosmopolitan bunch, performing skilled work in what can be high-pressure and taxing environments, both physically and mentally.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Seafarers’ six-, or often seven-, day working weeks used to be broken up by short bursts of shore leave. It has to be said that the historical stereotype of pent-up navy sailors using their sparse occasions of time ashore for wild sexual escapades with local maidens is both outdated and quite offensive when characterising the modern, professional seafaring industry. However, like many other transport workers who cross national boundaries for work, seafarers have a relatively high rate of infection for HIV. More research is needed on exactly why this is the case, but attitudinal differences across cultures on prevention tools like condoms seem to be a factor. Access to these products when you need them, if you did want to use them, is also a problem.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In some countries, Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is now available and is subsidised by national health systems or private insurers. The medication can be extremely effective in reducing a person’s risk of HIV infection, but obtaining it over the counter can be difficult. This means prescriptions are often required, but obtaining internationally-valid prescriptions is not always an option.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>For those seafarers who do become infected, in 2020 having HIV is not a death sentence. Modern medicine has provided us with medication and support that makes it is possible for those who are HIV-positive to lead long and relatively health lives. Post exposure medication can even remove the contagiousness of the virus – meaning there is almost zero risk of infecting future sexual partners. This  removes some of the guilt and shame historically associated with the virus. Shame that has prevented some people from addressing their condition and its danger to their health.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Despite these advances in treatment, social stigma remains in some communities and prejudice in the minds of some individuals. I have sympathy for with those workers who would rather not disclose their status to their employer or workmates unless absolutely necessary. But keeping their status confidential on board can be challenging and stressful for seafarers living with HIV or AIDS. There’s little privacy on board what effectively becomes your floating home for months on end.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Even before the pandemic, accessing HIV medications was difficult and patchy for seafarers. Antiretroviral drugs to control viral loads for those with a positive status are either impossible to get over the counter in some countries, or banned by governments completely. Hard luck if your supply ran out just before docking into these places.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In 2020, this problem is actually getting worse. In response to Covid-19, most of the world’s governments closed their borders – including to seafarers working aboard ships. The crew change crisis that began in March has seen up to 400,000 seafarers trapped working aboard vessels around the world and unable to get home at the conclusion of their contracts. This border and shore access situation is undoubtedly making things even more complicated (and potentially dangerous) for seafarers living with HIV. In a recent survey conducted of seafarers caught up in the crew change crisis, almost one third of them said they had medical issues that they needed treatment for, but are not receiving.<br /> <br /> Because HIV targets a person's immune system, it destroys and impairs the function of immune cells, making HIV-positive people more vulnerable to infections and some types of cancer. Even with medication, failing to get HIV-positive seafarers the care they need for even the most minor issue can have serious ramifications for their long-term health.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Through this pandemic, we have seen the often shameful ways that governments have closed their borders and closed access to medical treatment for this key workforce, regardless of the health impacts on them. Some governments <a href="">sent ships with crew infected with Covid back out to sea</a>. Others <a href="">blocked stroke victims from coming ashore for treatment</a>. Even though we’ve been living with Covid for eight months, most countries still prevent shore leave, making it impossible for seafarers with HIV to discretely restock their antiretrovirals or fill other prescriptions.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Despite the seafarers’ sacrifice, governments are happy to continue waiving through the goods that the world’s seafarers’ deliver day after day. The ‘essential goods’ are allowed ashore – but the ‘essential workers’ who bring them aren’t. I am sure the tragic irony is not lost on seafarers living with HIV who are presently unable to go ashore for medications that it is they, the seafarers, who will ultimately deliver the PPE, the medical supplies, and potentially even some of the Covid vaccines to the same shores in the months to come – just as they dutifully have delivered other health supplies through this pandemic.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Amongst the pandemic’s gloom for seafarers living with HIV, there are some bright spots, however. I want to share a couple of them with you.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In 2017, the ITF and our the Filipino seafarers union AMOSUP supported the launch of the first self-help and support network of HIV-positive seafarers, called <a href="">Positibong Marino Philippines</a>. The network provides support, advocacy, resources and education for HIV-positive seafarers and the wider community. Of particular importance is helping HIV-positive seafarers to understand their rights, including freedom from discrimination by employers on the basis of their HIV status.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Positibong has gone from strength to strength in the last three years, and I am incredibly proud of what they have achieved.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>I am also proud that the ITF has produced a <a href="">Seafarers Wellbeing App</a> for iOS and Android devices, so that seafarers can learn more about HIV and <a href="">find ways to get support</a> – including from Positibong, and our the ITF’s Wellbeing Coordinator, who helps seafarers to access the treatment and help they need, wherever they are.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>If you’re a seafarer reading this and you’re one of the hundreds of thousands still trapped working aboard ships: please reach out to the support channels available. The ITF, our union affiliates and our partners all want to help you find ways to meet your health needs through this crew change crisis. You are not alone.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Standing up for transport workers with HIV is a union’s</strong> <strong>responsibility</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>As unionists, we understand the notions of fairness and justice. It’s why we join unions, why we get involved in them. We want to be treated with fairness and justice – and believe our workmates deserve the same.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>But securing that fairness and that justice requires all of us to recognise our shared responsibility to one another, when the time comes to fight for what is right. To demand a living wage. To refuse to work in unsafe conditions. To demand equal treatment for our workmates. And when that moment comes – to strike, to stare down a bully, to defend your sisters and brothers – it is make-or-break. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>And, so too, is this moment for the trade union movement. Today I am reiterating the ITF’s long-standing call on all unions to be brave, to be strong and to take action:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span>Raise the crew change crisis and seafarer access to HIV medications and treatment as a priority for your government and health authorities;</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Tell your governments that HIV and equitable treatment of those living with it is a workplace issue, including access to medications through workplace health cover;</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Develop workplace policies and awareness, education and treatment programs on HIV/AIDS in partnership with the employers and social partners to improve the lives of HIV-positive transport workers;</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Support and encourage your governments to back initiatives that to reduce the rate of new infections, such as by making sexual health products like condoms and treatment services free and accessible;</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Push for the subsidisation of preventative HIV medications like PrEP, and post-exposure medications for treating the virus in HIV-positive people;</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Educate your members about the modern reality of HIV – how it is transmitted, how to get treatment and help, and how HIV-positive people can now lead long and relatively healthy lives with the right medication and support;</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Challenge HIV- and AIDS-related stigma and discrimination in the industries you organise, within your membership and in the community. An injury to one is an injury to all – live it.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Listen to your HIV-positive members. What do they need? What are the challenges they are facing – practical and social, at work or in their lives? Then take action to help tackle those problems, together.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>On this World AIDS Day, let’s all renew our commitment to take action to stand with our HIV-positive sisters, brothers and others in this mighty global union family. Let’s show solidarity – real solidarity – by taking action.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Their struggle is our struggle. Their fight is our fight.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Together, our solidarity is unbreakable.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><br /> <strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Stephen Cotton</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span>ITF General Secretary</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/hiv" hreflang="en">HIV</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--4" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Mon, 30 Nov 2020 23:31:32 +0000 Rory_M 195000 at ITF Statement on food rider deaths <span class="field-title">ITF Statement on food rider deaths</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Rappi%20image%20%281%29.png?itok=fQbQ25Qj" width="1690" height="1127" 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">Mon, 11/30/2020 - 09:14</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">“The ITF and its affiliates have been shaken by the tragic news of five food delivery riders dying on the roads of Sydney, Australia, in the past few weeks. We offer our deepest condolences to the families of Bijoy Paul, Chow Khai Shien, Xiaojun Chen, Dede Fredy and Ik Wong, the young workers who died while on the job. We also pay tribute to all the workers whose deaths have not been captured in statistics. The true global figure for workers killed while on duty may never be known: rider deaths are usually not recorded as workplace deaths and workers from migrant populations may be reluctant to report accidents.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">Officials in New South Wales announced a taskforce to investigate food delivery rider </span><a href=""><span>safety regulations</span></a><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"> following the deaths. While this is welcome news, it must be accompanied by national and international action to address the inherently exploitative and largely unregulated nature of gig work. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">Food delivery companies bandy around the myth of flexible working, but the reality for workers couldn’t be further from the truth. Flexible working is not having your contract terminated without notice or right to appeal, by an app, as thousands of workers have experienced throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Many gig workers must log over 60 hours a week just to pay the bills and rely entirely on gig work for their income. It is not flexible work if workers can’t feed their families or have to speed to meet dangerous targets. Misclassified gig workers are on the losing end of a one-sided business model that generates profits for a few while locking workers out of the protections normally afforded to employees. This includes sick leave, insurance, holiday pay, and training and development opportunities. Gig work is also reinforcing pre-existing inequalities, disproportionately affecting young people, women and people from ethnic minority and migrant backgrounds. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">For too long, gig economy companies have been able to operate in a legal vacuum that prioritises profits over human life. It is time for Australia and other governments to turn the tide on anti-worker business practices and ensure food delivery companies grant employees the rights they are entitled to. The ITF is heartened by the growing body of law </span><a href=""><span>protecting</span></a> <a href=""><span>workers</span></a><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">, and has itself</span> <span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">launched 10 gig economy employer principles to demand action on misclassification, living wages, safety, algorithmic management and data security. The ITF urges gig economy companies and governments to act on these to prevent further needless deaths on the road.” </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">Stephen Cotton, ITF General Secretary </span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/delivery" hreflang="en">delivery</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/future-work" hreflang="en">future of work</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--5" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Mon, 30 Nov 2020 09:14:54 +0000 Natalie 194998 at #MakeAmazonPay: Workers and unions call Amazon to account on Black Friday <span class="field-title">#MakeAmazonPay: Workers and unions call Amazon to account on Black Friday</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/2ac3bff3-0570-4a0c-ace7-fd9726a4690f.JPG?itok=XuPNWBbm" width="1690" height="1049" 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, 11/27/2020 - 16:25</span> <div class="field-body"><p>As customers around the world log on to make the most of Black Friday deals, workers and unions are mobilising to demand that Amazon and other e-commerce giants pay their fair share.</p> <p>In a year marred by Covid-19, working people have faced mounting challenges in the form of pay losses, job cuts and increased health and safety risks. For some, however, the pandemic has been good business. This year Amazon’s value has moved into the trillions of dollars, while founder Jeff Bezos has become the first person in history to amass $200 billion in personal wealth.</p> <p>“Amazon is both one of the biggest players in the global economy and a rogue outlier. While workers, businesses and governments have historically cooperated to build a fairer society, Amazon is busy shredding that good work in its blind pursuit of profit at any cost,” said Stephen Cotton, ITF general secretary.</p> <p>“This Black Friday the ITF has joined the international worker-activist coalition calling on Mr Bezos to turn the corner and for Amazon to meet their responsibilities as a global citizen. This isn’t misinformed, self-interested groups using Amazon’s profile to further their individual causes as an Amazon spokesperson said today, this is workers, climate and tax activists saying Amazon takes too much and gives back too little,” said Cotton.</p> <p>The new <a href="">Make Amazon Pay</a> coalition is calling for a comprehensive overhaul of the company’s approach to workers, communities and the environment (see <a href="">Common Demands</a>).</p> <p>Amazon presides over an empire of labour exploitation and violations across multiple sectors, including its transport supply chains. For example, an <a href="">exposé published in the Guardian</a> in September uncovered the predatory business models and the subcontracting chains of exploitation of the logistics companies that deliver for Amazon. This exclusive followed the release of a report by VNB, ITF and IUF that documented wage theft, discrimination, sexual harassment and dangerous working conditions that drivers have been forced to endure across Europe during the pandemic</p> <p>At the same time, in the midst of the global crew-change crisis, Amazon has so far failed to cooperate in preventing forced labour among the seafarers transporting its goods. 400,000 seafarers are now stranded at sea on floating prisons while they keep the global economy moving. This week, the International Chamber of Shipping alongside other shipping bodies published an <a href="">open letter</a> to Mr Bezos calling on him to make Amazon’s business conduct responsible.</p> <p>In response to the mistreatment of workers and harmful practices at the heart of Amazon’s business model that drive inequality, climate breakdown and democratic decay, workers, activists and supporters from Brazil, Mexico, US, UK, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, Poland, India, Bangladesh, the Philippines, and Australia are taking part in the global day of action.</p> <p>“We are proud to join our sisters, brothers and friends around the world today to demand that Amazon pays its workers fairly, respects their rights, pays its fair share of taxes and actively commits to real action to avert the climate crisis. We congratulate UNI Global and Progressive International for leading this movement. Our strength in solidarity is what will Make Amazon Pay, and we invite you to join us in this fight,” said Cotton.</p> <p><strong>Visit </strong><a href=""><strong></strong></a><strong> and join us.</strong></p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/amazon" hreflang="en">amazon</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--6" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Fri, 27 Nov 2020 16:25:29 +0000 Natalie 194997 at Sixteen Days of Activism against Gender Violence <span class="field-title">Sixteen Days of Activism against Gender Violence</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <a href="/en/campaigns/sixteen-days-activism-against-gender-violence" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/spotlight/public/node/campaign/image/UN%20Image.png?itok=Y1bxykav" width="720" height="470" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </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">Mon, 11/23/2020 - 15:04</span> <div class="field-field_campaign_website"> <div>Campaign website</div> <div><a href="">UN DAY 2020</a></div> </div> <div class="field-field_campaign_materials"> <div>Campaign materials</div> <div> <div><div><a href="" download="Womens violence poster portrait FinalEN.png" class="resource-download-link" target="_blank">Download English poster</a><i class="icon-download"></i></div></div> <div><div><a href="" download="Womens violence poster_FR.pdf" class="resource-download-link" target="_blank">Download French poster</a><i class="icon-download"></i></div></div> <div><div><a href="" download="Womens violence poster_ES.pdf" class="resource-download-link" target="_blank">Download Spanish poster</a><i class="icon-download"></i></div></div> <div><div><a href="" download="Womens violence poster_PT.pdf" class="resource-download-link" target="_blank">Download Portuguese poster</a><i class="icon-download"></i></div></div> <div><div><a href="" download="Womens violence poster_RU.pdf" class="resource-download-link" target="_blank">Download Russian poster</a><i class="icon-download"></i></div></div> <div><div><a href="" download="Womens violence poster_AR.pdf" class="resource-download-link" target="_blank">Download Arabic poster</a><i class="icon-download"></i></div></div> <div><div><a href="" download="Womens violence poster_HI.pdf" class="resource-download-link" target="_blank">Download Hindi poster</a><i class="icon-download"></i></div></div> <div><div><a href="" download="Womens violence poster_NE.pdf" class="resource-download-link" target="_blank">Download Nepalese poster</a><i class="icon-download"></i></div></div> <div><div><a href="" download="placard_english_0_0.pdf" class="resource-download-link" target="_blank">Download English placard</a><i class="icon-download"></i></div></div> <div><div><a href="" download="placard_es_0.pdf" class="resource-download-link" target="_blank">Download Spanish placard</a><i class="icon-download"></i></div></div> <div><div><a href="" download="placard_fr_0.pdf" class="resource-download-link" target="_blank">Download French placard</a><i class="icon-download"></i></div></div> <div><div><a href="" download="placard_ru_0.pdf" class="resource-download-link" target="_blank">Download Russian placard</a><i class="icon-download"></i></div></div> <div><div><a href="" download="placard_ar_0.pdf" class="resource-download-link" target="_blank">Download Arabic placard</a><i class="icon-download"></i></div></div> </div> </div> <div class="field-field_timeline"> <div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--campaign-timeline paragraph--view-mode--default c-timeline__slide" style="background-image: url('')"> <div class="container"> <div class="row"> <div class="c-timeline__content col-lg-9"> <div class="row"> <div class="c-timeline__text col-lg-7"> <div class="field-field_title">SPKA, Indonesia</div> </div> <div class="c-timeline__image col-lg-5"> <span class="c-timeline__image-caption"></span> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--campaign-timeline paragraph--view-mode--default c-timeline__slide" style="background-image: url('')"> <div class="container"> <div class="row"> <div class="c-timeline__content col-lg-9"> <div class="row"> <div class="c-timeline__text col-lg-7"> <div class="field-field_title">SPKA, Indonesia </div> </div> <div class="c-timeline__image col-lg-5"> <span class="c-timeline__image-caption"></span> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--campaign-timeline paragraph--view-mode--default c-timeline__slide" style="background-image: url('')"> <div class="container"> <div class="row"> <div class="c-timeline__content col-lg-9"> <div class="row"> <div class="c-timeline__text col-lg-7"> <div class="field-field_title">Federation of Ports - 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Over the next 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (25 November – 10 December), you can support the ITF campaign to end violence against women. Please download the graphics and send us your photos with them, which we will feature on our website and social media channels.</p> <p>As a global union federation representing transport workers, the ITF knows all too well that women face violence, discrimination, and harassment at work as well at home. Violence against women and girls is a problem for everyone – including employers.</p> <h3><strong>Covid-19's disproportionate impact on women</strong></h3> <p>Unfortunately, Covid-19 has exacerbated violence and harassment against women. According to the UN, violence against women has surged by over 25% during the pandemic in countries where reporting systems exist. It will likely continue to rise as Covid-19 causes further unemployment, recession, and insecurity. A loss of income will make it harder for women to escape abusive situations. Meanwhile, in more isolated work environments, women may find themselves at an increased risk of violence.</p> <h3><strong>Growing recognition of C190</strong></h3> <p>Despite these challenges, we have seen growing momentum in the campaign to end violence and harassment in the workplace. In November, Argentina announced it would <a href="">take steps to ratify</a> the Convention Concerning the Elimination of Violence and Harassment in The World of Work, also known as <a href="">C190</a>. This ILO instrument is the first international convention to eradicate violence and harassment, including gender-based violence and harassment, along with Recommendation R206. </p> <p>C190 defines violence and harassment and clarifies that ‘the world of work’ extends beyond the workplace. The language includes incidents in the course of, linked with, or arising out of work – including places where the worker uses sanitation facilities, and when commuting to and from work. </p> <p>The language also addresses third-party violence and recognises the effects of domestic violence and the need to mitigate the impact of domestic violence in the world of work. ITF affiliates and women activists were instrumental in building support for the convention.</p> <p>This 25 November, take a stand and share your messages of solidarity against gender-based violence.</p> <p>To see ITF’s resources on violence against women, visit <a href="’s-advocate-programme">here</a>.</p> <p>Click the images below to visit the Facebook album for the 16 Days of Activism. </p> <p><a href=";album_id=1644853319022619&#10;&amp;__tn__=-UCH-R"><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3367a3b9-b0ac-40f1-a08a-d440729cf873" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Facebook%20album.png" /></a></p> </div> </div> <section id="node-campaigns-field-comment" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> <div class="field-field_campaign_materials_text"> <div>Campaign materials text</div> <div><h3>Share your messages of solidarity against gender-based violence with us this 25 November </h3> <p>Take selfies and group photos with your posters and placards and share them with us for our campaign!  </p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c0baf81b-6cdb-4c93-adc8-083579e51bce" height="182" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/placard_english_thumbnail_0.png" width="256" class="align-right" /></p> <p>Use our poster to decorate your unions and workplaces.</p> <p>Use our placard and tell us why your country needs to ratify C190. </p> <p> </p></div> </div> <div class="field-field_related_content"> <div>Related content</div> <div> <div><article data-history-node-id="194985" role="article" about="/en/news/argentinas-decision-ratify-c190-victory-in-struggle-against-gender-inequality"> <div class="c-node-mini-teaser-image"> <div class="field-field_image"> <a href="/en/news/argentinas-decision-ratify-c190-victory-in-struggle-against-gender-inequality" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/mini_teaser/public/node/news/image/C190%20FB.PNG?itok=-gLr-vnY" width="100" height="100" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="c-node-mini-teaser-text"> <div class="c-mini-teaser-info-wrapper"> <div class="c-node-mini-teaser-type">News |</div> <span class="c-node-mini-teaser-top"> <span class="c-node-mini-teaser-top__date">12 Nov 2020 </span> </span> </div> <h2 class="c-node-mini-teaser-title"> <a href="/en/news/argentinas-decision-ratify-c190-victory-in-struggle-against-gender-inequality" rel="bookmark"><span class="field-title">Argentina’s decision to ratify C190 is a victory in the struggle against gender inequality</span> </a> </h2> </div> </article> </div> <div><article data-history-node-id="194986" role="article" about="/en/focus/women/violence-against-women-transport-workers-and-the-itf-global-women%E2%80%99s-advocate-programme" typeof="schema:WebPage"> <div class="c-node-mini-teaser-image"> </div> <div class="c-node-mini-teaser-text"> <h2 class="c-node-mini-teaser-title"> <a href="/en/focus/women/violence-against-women-transport-workers-and-the-itf-global-women%E2%80%99s-advocate-programme" rel="bookmark"><span property="schema:name" class="field-title">Violence against women transport workers and the ITF global women’s advocate programme</span> </a> </h2> <span property="schema:name" content="Violence against women transport workers and the ITF global women’s advocate programme" class="hidden"></span> <span property="schema:interactionCount" content="UserComments:0" class="hidden"></span> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-field_get_involved_image"> <div>Get involved image</div> <div> <img src="/sites/default/files/node/campaigns/get-involved-images/eliminate-violence-women.jpg" width="1350" height="500" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <div class="field-field_get_involved_text"> <div>Get involved text</div> <div><p>Share your posts, tagging us on Facebook and Twitter, using hashtags:</p> <p>#ITFWomen #ThisIsOurWorldToo #StopGBVatWork  </p></div> </div> <div class="field-field_send_us_your_story"> <div>Send us your story email</div> <div></div> </div> <div class="field-field_do_one_thing_text"> <div>Do one thing text</div> <div><p>See our resources </p> <a href="">View our go-to ITF resources on violence against women. </a>as we mark the 16 Days of Activism against violence against women and UN Day on 25 November 2020.</div> </div> <div class="field-field_campaign_colours"> <div>Campaign colours</div> <div>Orange</div> </div> <div class="field-field_campaign_logo"> <div>Campaign Logo</div> <div> <img src="/sites/default/files/node/campaigns/logo/Campaign%20Logo.jpg" width="502" height="710" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <div class="field-field_timeline_title"> <div>Timeline title</div> <div>UN Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls 2020</div> </div> <div class="field-field_sign_up_for_updates"> <div>Sign up for updates</div> <div>0</div> </div> <div class="field-field_send_us_your_story_text"> <div>Send us your story text</div> <div>Share your messages of solidarity and union initiatives. 16 Days of Activism and UN Day on 25 November 2020 is a great opportunity to stand with your ITF sisters and brothers and draw attention to the violence faced by women transport workers around the world.</div> </div> <div class="field-field_spread_the_word_text"> <div>Spread the word text</div> <div>Share your posts, tagging us on <a href="">Facebook</a> and <a href="">Twitter</a>, using hashtags: #ITFWomen #ThisIsOurWorldToo #StopGBVatWork</div> </div> Mon, 23 Nov 2020 15:04:49 +0000 Natalie 194993 at Access to sanitation for transport workers is as much about curbing Covid-19 as it is about dignity <span class="field-title">Access to sanitation for transport workers is as much about curbing Covid-19 as it is about dignity</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WTD%20web%20graphic%20.png?itok=1pUenSC9" 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">Thu, 11/19/2020 - 09:31</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span>Today, 19 November, is World Toilet Day. While some of us still in employment can work from home, most transport workers are not afforded that luxury. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>They work day in and day out to keep the world going, but all too often are denied the right to proper sanitation facilities. Is it right that we thank our vital workers by denying them vital services?</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Access to sanitation for transport workers is as much about curbing Covid-19 as it is about dignity. ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton explains why you should care in <a href="">this piece</a> in the Equal Times.</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/women" hreflang="en">women</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--7" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Thu, 19 Nov 2020 09:31:14 +0000 Natalie 194992 at Fisheries death, attempted cover up, sparks Uruguayan union fury <span class="field-title">Fisheries death, attempted cover up, sparks Uruguayan union fury</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Fisheries%20death%2C%20attempted%20cover%20up%2C%20sparks%20Uruguayan%20union%20fury%20v1.png?itok=wJzS6YVu" 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, 11/18/2020 - 22:20</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">The tragic death of a Peruvian fisher off the coast of Uruguay has angered the country’s Transport Workers' Union, who say the international industry’s mistreatment of workers has been ignored for too long.</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">On 2 November, the Portuguese-flagged <em>Verdemilho </em>docked into the port of Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo. On board was a Peruvian national who died. He had been showing symptoms of Covid-19.</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">Adan Suarez works for the Transport Workers' Union, also based in Montevideo, and has been fighting what he says are “cruel, almost horrific” prevailing conditions for the tens of thousands of fisheries workers who come into the nation’s port to offload their catch from the South Atlantic Ocean.</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">“We know the crew member remained sick on board for more than 30 days, and he was not brought in for treatment. They just kept fishing,” says Suarez, who is also the ITF Contact for Uruguay.</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 captain had refused to enter the port because the sick crew member presented symptoms of Covid-19, and if the results were positive, he would have to put the vessel in quarantine. Quarantining the vessel would mean he could not continue fishing, so the captain just refused to enter the port. That’s what his shipmates tell us.”</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">Suarez says the Peruvian fisher may still be alive today if the captain had put the workers health above profit, and taken the sickly crew member to doctors in Montevideo.</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 grim trade-off is reflective of the dangerous way fisheries workers are being treated in the South Atlantic.</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">Suarez says when the union got ahold of the employment contracts the operators of the <em>Verdemilho </em>had pushed on the crew, even they were shocked.</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">“There in black and white: they actually say to these workers, ‘you will work 18 to 20 hours per day, every day’, ‘you will have little rest’, ‘you will make no more than 600 dollars per month’. Crew even have to pay their own social security and health insurance,” says Suarez.</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">“Worst of all, they said that if a crew member is injured or sick and has to come ashore to be taken to a hospital while working on the ship, he and his family would have to pay for all of the costs. That’s what would have happened to this Peruvian boy. Instead of being supported and cared for, his employer denied him treatment and tried to take what little money he had for the crime of being ill. It’s disgusting.”</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">Suarez says the company even tried to cover up the death and silence the fisher’s family.</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 brother of the deceased crew member will now file a lawsuit against the company since they wanted to pay $15,000 to the daughter of the crewman in exchange for the absence of a complaint of negligence and violation of human rights.”</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">“As a country and a port state, Uruguay cannot become normalised to, or willfully ignore these human rights violations. This will not be done in our name,” says a visibly angry Suarez.</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="cad98fba-586d-4ef3-8959-2b6748c5984b" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/VERDEMILHO.jpg" /> <figcaption><strong><em>The 'Verdemilho' in harbour. </em></strong></figcaption> </figure> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">ITF Fisheries Coordinator, Rossen Karavatchev is disturbed by the events of the <em>Verdemilho</em>, but not surprised. He says the fishing grounds around the Atlantic coast of South America are a growing hotbed of exploitation and human rights abuses.</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">He says part of the problem in the region stems from the disputed fisheries around the Falkland Islands / Islas Malvinas. </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">“We have a situation where some jurisdictions are so keen to sell fishing rights, they couldn’t care less about the obvious abuse of workers happening right outside their ports. This is a multi-billion-dollar industry, and there’s many who are profiting from it.”</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 result of this money-driven negligence has been authorities turning a blind eye to the underpayment, mistreatment, physical harm and even deaths of workers on board.”</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">“I wonder if consumers in Europe, Asia and North America realise the fish they eat from the South Atlantic is stained with the blood of exploited fisheries workers? The situation off the coast of West Africa is similar.”</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">Karavatchev says that since 2018, at least<em> </em>17 crew members have died on board fishing vessels around Uruguay’s waters on board foreign fishing vessels. Eight of those dead were from Indonesia, four from China, two from Peru and one from Taiwan.</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">“We are thankful to Adan and the Transport Workers' Union of Uruguay for shining a light on these cases. Each one represents a mother, father, sister, brother, daughter or son who has had their loved one ripped from them in the name of greed. This industry must be cleaned up for their sake.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--8" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Wed, 18 Nov 2020 22:20:33 +0000 Rory_M 194990 at ITF welcomes return to international rules for seafarers <span class="field-title">ITF welcomes return to international rules for seafarers</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/ITF%20welcomes%20return%20to%20international%20rules%20for%20seafarers_webimage%20copy.png?itok=bC_sXdW8" 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, 11/18/2020 - 22:06</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) welcomes the </span></span></span><span><span><span><a href="">announcement</a></span></span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span> this week by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) that it will be ending temporary exemptions for vessels to have seafarers on board for longer than the 11 months maximum stipulated by the International Labour Organisation’s Maritime Labour Convention (MLC).</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span>ITF Seafarers’ and Inland Navigation Section Coordinator, Fabrizio Barcellona, said that given the world had been dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic for more than eight months, regulators and the industry needed to return to respecting the rights and welfare of seafarers.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span>“It is unacceptable to continue to ignore the crew change humanitarian crisis and refuse seafarers the right to return home, to proper medical attention, or to relieve tired crew on ships. We should not, and cannot, tolerate situations like the <em>Vega Dream</em> arising, where AMSA allowed this ship to leave Australian waters despite cases of infected crew on board in urgent need of medical attention.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span>“Port State Controls need to get back to doing their job and upholding seafarers’ rights,” said Barcellona .</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span>“We welcome the decision by AMSA to end their exemptions for shipowners to have crew on board beyond the 11 months maximum allowed for internationally. But this is only the start of the action we need by port states to help resolve the crew change crisis and set clear expectations for the global shipping industry.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span>“While we are disappointed that this unnecessary exemption will continue for another three months, we welcome the acknowledgement by Australia’s Port State Control that it is ‘</span></span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>not sustainable’ to persist with exemptions like this that harm the welfare of seafarers and infringe on their rights.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span>Barcellona said Australia needed to coordinate their policy on seafarers across Federal agencies and state governments better by introducing ‘green lanes’ to get seafarers safely and efficiently to and from airports to ships. The same goes for many other governments, he said.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span>“After eight months of the crew change crisis, governments must address the fundamental problems that lead to ships having over-contract seafarers: border restrictions, impossible quarantine rules, and a lack of international flights.”  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span>“We welcome governments reaching out to us and others in the industry to work collaboratively to help resolve the crew change crisis. There are solutions, but governments need to adopt them,” Barcellona concluded.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span>Recent crew change Asia-Pacific news:</span></span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span>ITF <a href="">critical</a> of AMSA allowing coal carrying ships to leave their ports bound for China, despite crew on board for longer than 12 months. The seafarers are now caught within a diplomatic stalemate.</span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Unions and employers <a href="">partner</a> on a project to ensure seafarers from the Philippines are ‘Covid-free’</span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Japanese car ship <a href="">arrested in Melbourne over crew change</a></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Covid corner-cutting will lead to deaths, ‘environmental catastrophe’ – <a href="">new shipping report</a></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Australia listing towards clogged ports as over-contract <a href="">seafarers stop two new ships</a></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Crew change crisis hits Australian smelter in <a href="">latest flare up</a></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--9" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Wed, 18 Nov 2020 22:06:14 +0000 Rory_M 194991 at Canada continues its maritime leadership with new Seafarers’ Welfare Board - ITF <span class="field-title">Canada continues its maritime leadership with new Seafarers’ Welfare Board - ITF</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Canada%20continues%20its%20maritime%20leadership%20with%20new%20Seafarers%20webimage.png?itok=dd3mZFZK" 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, 11/17/2020 - 21:22</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The International Transport Workers’ Federation commends the Federal Government and maritime industry of Canada for continuing their cooperative leadership to improve the lives of seafarers with the establishment of the country’s first Seafarers’ Welfare Board.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Delivering the board is part of Canada’s commitments as a signatory to the International Maritime Organisation's Maritime Labour Convention.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Canadian government <a href="">said</a> that the new board “will act as a forum for coordinating seafarer welfare in Canada. It will promote maritime workers’ access to recreational, cultural and medical services, as well as shore-based welfare facilities. The Board will also advise the government on policy and regulatory issues such as shore leave and crew changes.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The board has representatives from workers and industry, including “ship owners, terminals, ports, and agents representing foreign vessel owners in Canada”. Workers are represented by all four of the Canadian-based ITF Inspectors, and ITF affiliates ILWU, ILA, CMSG, SIU Canada and the BCFMWU.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>ITF Coordinator for Canada, Peter Lahay, has been appointed as the new board’s inaugural Vice-Chair. He said he was “very proud” to be the founding vice-chair of the body.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4c4b9f59-5286-45f8-981c-9173adbd003b" height="566" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/2c1c868f-7e8f-46d1-9cef-54ae87a1db0a.jpg" width="613" /> <figcaption><em>ITF Coordinator for Canada, Peter Lahay, has been appointed as the inaugural Vice-Chair of the Seafarers’ Welfare Board of Canada.</em></figcaption> </figure> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Seafarers are essential workers who have been caught up in a terrible pandemic plight. It is for us to do everything we can to help.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Having a national, multi-stakeholder forum supported by Transport Canada that is dedicated to improving seafarers’ welfare sends clear and positive signals to the seafarers I interact with every day that our industry, our government, all care.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“From the weeks and months when this pandemic began, Canada has been at the forefront of doing what we can to battle the crew change crisis and safeguard the important rights and conditions that seafarers and their unions have won over decades,” said Lahay.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="45065936-e690-4489-ad4f-9438f37a1b91" height="779" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/2badc7b5-18af-4a8b-be53-74f1e6272e6f.jpg" width="584" /> <figcaption><em>Three Chinese seafarers wave goodbye to their crewmates docked on Canada's west coast, as they begin their journey home after months at sea, with help from ITF Canada.</em></figcaption> </figure> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>He said the board builds on Canada’s earlier advocacy for seafarers during the pandemic.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Canada was one of the first countries to adopt the IMO crew change protocols, making it easier to do much-needed crew-change. At our insistence, the Canadian government removed visa and quarantine requirements for seafarers from most countries, if seafarers are here to get to and from ships,” Lahay said.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Seafarers from countries which still require a visa are able to apply online and receive confirmation by email, Lahay said.</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/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--10" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Tue, 17 Nov 2020 21:22:14 +0000 Rory_M 194988 at Governments must resolve Jag Anand, Anastasia stalemate and get seafarers home <span class="field-title">Governments must resolve Jag Anand, Anastasia stalemate and get seafarers home</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Jag%20Anand%20stalemate%20webimage.png?itok=9S6Wc0pY" 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, 11/17/2020 - 20:02</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) is urging the governments of China, India and Australia to collaborate and urgently end the stalemate around the berthing of the coal-carrying vessels in Chinese ports, as some of the seafarers have been on board over 20 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 <em>Jag Anand</em> (IMO 9463308) and the </span></span></span><em><span><span><span>Anastasia</span></span></span></em><span><span><span> (IMO 9625970) </span></span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>have been unable to dock since June and August this year, respectively.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span>Abdulgani Y. Serang, General Secretary of the National Union of Seafarers of India, the ITF Seafarers’ Section Committee Asia-Pacific Vice Chair and an ITF Executive Board member, said that his union and the ITF have repeatedly raised the issue with the company and official channels through the International Maritime Organisation in recent months.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span>“We have at hand a humanitarian crisis on board where the entire crew is fatigued and requires urgent relief. </span></span></span><span><span><span>They </span></span></span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span>are mentally and physically exhausted due to their prolonged time on board,” said Serang.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span>“It would be very concerning if the reason that the Chinese authorities are refusing the ships from docking is that it has a cargo of coal from Australia. It would be like an innocent delivery person being caught in a fight between two neighbours.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span>“The shipowner is trying their best to have the ship cargo discharged – they have offered to charter a flight to do the crew change. The Indian government is also trying to help salvage the situation and get the crew home, but the stalemate continues.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span>“We suggested that if crew change is not possible, then at least the cargo could be discharged so the ship can move on and sign off the crew at the next convenient port. There are even offers from neighbouring countries to buy the coal and help resolve the situation.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span>“We are surprised that efforts to take the ship to another country or another Chinese port are being resisted. Whatever the reason for this stalemate, we call on all governments to put aside their disputes and focus on supporting these seafarers to get home and be refreshed by new crew,” said Abdulgani Y. Serang.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span>ITF Seafarers’ and Inland Navigation Section Coordinator, Fabrizio Barcellona, said the plight of the 23 seafarers on board the </span></span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>Jag Anand and the 18 on the </span></span></span><span><span><span>Anastasia has shown how important it was for governments to take action on the crew change crisis before extreme situations like this developed.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“The fact is that the crew of the </span></span></span><em><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>Jag Anand</span></span></span></em><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span> were already 15 months on board when they picked up this coal from Australia. The international maximum is 11 months at sea. The Australian authorities should not have allowed the vessels to sail without getting these seafarers home and replacement crew on board,” said Barcellona.</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>“All governments – be it flag States, port States, or the seafarers’ home countries – need to lift their game to make it easier to perform needed crew changes of this tired and fatigued workforce. Government restrictions and lack of coordination between different government agencies remains the main barrier to getting crew changed.”</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>“It shouldn’t have to take a geopolitical dispute for Ministers to realise that there is a major humanitarian crisis on their shores. Having over-contract crew anywhere in the world is unacceptable and a recipe for human and environmental disaster,” concluded Barcellona.</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>In October, the ITF and the International Chamber of Shipping estimated that there were at that point over 400,000 seafarers trapped working aboard the world’s cargo vessels beyond their initial contracts. There is speculation that the number could finally be slowly falling, as more employers perform expensive crew changes.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Notes to Editors:</span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>On the <em>Jag </em>Anand, there are 23 seafarers on board. 15 seafarers have completed 16 months of continuous service on board while remaining 8 have completed 13 months of service on board.  A number have completed nearly 20 months of service on board. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN">Abdulgani Y. Serang is also:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN">General Secretary cum Treasurer of the National Union of Seafarers of India;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN">Vice Chair, ITF Seafarers Section – Asia Pacific Region;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN">Vice Chair, ITF Asia Pacific Region</span></span></span></span></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>Media contact:        </span></span></strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>        media[at]</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--11" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Tue, 17 Nov 2020 20:02:18 +0000 Rory_M 194987 at Argentina’s decision to ratify C190 is a victory in the struggle against gender inequality <span class="field-title">Argentina’s decision to ratify C190 is a victory in the struggle against gender inequality</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/C190%20FB.PNG?itok=wYrKWXa5" width="1690" height="1164" 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, 11/12/2020 - 16:01</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span>The ITF applauds the Argentine Chamber of Deputies vote in favour of ratifying the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Convention 190 (C190) on Violence and Harassment in the World of Work.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Argentina’s vote on Wednesday, which was almost unanimous, will make it the third state to sign C190 once the ratification instrument is deposited with the ILO. Uruguay and Fiji have already ratified, meaning C190 will enter into force on 25 June 2021.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“Argentina’s decision to ratify C190 is vital in the ongoing struggle against gender inequality, eliminating violence and harassment at work, and for women to have  equal access to decent work,” says Jodi Evans, ITF Women Transport Workers and Gender Equality Officer. “The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the injustice many women workers face around the world. To have more countries recognising the link between gender-based violence, and inequality in the world of work offers hope that we can rebuild safer, more equitable and just societies for women and men.”</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“Ending gender-based violence is a key priority for the ITF and we are committed to supporting our affiliates to lobby for ratification and implementation of C190 within their respective countries. We applaud the hard work of our affiliates and in particular women’s activism in Argentina in building support for this important legislation and look forward to more countries following suit.”</span></span></p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--12" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Thu, 12 Nov 2020 16:01:32 +0000 barton_linda 194985 at Historic Biden-Harris victory is a testament to the power of workers: ITF <span class="field-title">Historic Biden-Harris victory is a testament to the power of workers: ITF</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/biden_win%20licensed.jpg?itok=BZSirTwD" width="1690" height="973" 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, 11/12/2020 - 11:48</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is hailing the historic election victory of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the 46th President-elect and Vice President-elect of the United States as a win offering hope to millions of American workers.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The ITF looks forward to President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris working with unions and the labour movement to deliver on their election promises, and bridging the growing economic and racial disparities in the US.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Workers got Biden and Harris elected, and workers must be repaid for their faith. We look forward to, and strongly anticipate their delivery on key pledges to return decent and secure jobs; to strengthen collective bargaining and the right to strike; bring liability to companies for anti-union behaviour and wage theft; and secure pension reform,” said Stephen Cotton, ITF General Secretary.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“It is critical that they lose no time addressing income inequality, for example combatting the misclassification and erosion of worker rights by gig economy employers and other corporations who prioritise profit above workers’ dignity,” said Cotton.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>ITF President Paddy Crumlin said that the ITF was looking forward to Biden-Harris more proactively handling the coronavirus pandemic to protect American workers.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Their planned response to the Covid-19 pandemic will be critical to keeping American communities safe, particularly frontline transport workers and their families. Policies must rapidly translate into concrete actions that provide economic relief to keep families out of poverty, fed and in housing. The pandemic has reinforced that the US still needs to tackle access to quality healthcare and education on an equal basis for all its people,” said Crumlin.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Crumlin said that the ITF also welcomed pledges from the Biden-Harris administration to boost multilateralism and a return of US international cooperation on the issues that matter most to working people.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“A Biden-Harris administration will help boost multilateralism and international security and functionality at a time when it is needed most. President elect Biden’s commitment to rejoin the World Health Organization will restore US leadership in the fight against Covid-19, and his pledge to rejoin the Paris Agreement will be a historic tipping point and boost to international action on climate change amongst other badly depleted initiatives This leadership is urgently needed for further peace and stability in many international conflicts and crises,” said Crumlin.</span> </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>On behalf of the 20 million international transport workers in our family, the ITF congratulates and celebrates Vice President-elect Harris for helping to further pave the way for all women and girls, for diversity in leadership in the US and internationally, as the first Black and South Asian woman elected as Vice President.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“As workers and trade unionists, we will continue to unite and strive with every fibre of our humanity, organisation, courage and determination in the ongoing fight to win justice, peace, economic and political stability, and social and racial justice. We welcome leadership from the new President-elect and Vice President-elect on behalf of all the working women and men, families and communities that we represent internationally,” said Crumlin.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--13" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Thu, 12 Nov 2020 11:48:01 +0000 barton_linda 194984 at Securing Jobs for a Successful Recovery in Civil Aviation <span class="field-title">Securing Jobs for a Successful Recovery in Civil Aviation</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WhatsApp%20Image%202020-11-10%20at%2010.28.15.jpeg?itok=1zz8Awfa" 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">Tue, 11/10/2020 - 09:55</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span>The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike any other external shock encountered by the global aviation industry. Border restrictions and quarantine measures have devastated the aviation industry. Planes have been grounded. Tens of thousands of jobs have been lost. Aircraft manufacturing is idle.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>A new deal is needed for the aviation industry that must focus on <strong><em>Relief</em></strong>, <strong><em>Recovery</em></strong> and ultimately <strong><em>Reform</em></strong> of the industry.<br /> <br /> We invite you to join the ITF’s webinar on <strong>Securing Jobs for a Successful Recovery</strong> to hear from global aviation industry leaders. During this live session, panellists will discuss solutions for the unprecedented challenge facing the industry and society at large.</span></span></span></span><br />  </p> <h3><strong><span><span><span><span>Panellists:</span></span></span></span></strong><br />  </h3> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>Stephen Cotton</span></span></strong><span><span>, General Secretary, International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>Alexandre de Juniac</span></span></strong><span><span>, Director General and CEO, International Air Transport Association (IATA)</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>Martin Eurnekian</span></span></strong><span><span>, Chair, Airport Council International (ACI)</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong>Mohamed Khalifa Rahma,</strong> Director, Air Transport Bureau, and Secretary of the ICAO Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)<br /> <br /> Joseph Tiberi, Chair of the ITF Civil Aviation Section Committee, will close the session.<br />  </p> <p><em><span><span><span><span>Live interpretation will be available in <span>Arabic, French, Japanese, </span>Portuguese<span> and Spanish</span></span></span><span>.</span></span></span></em></p> <p><br /> <span><span><strong><span>Time: </span></strong></span></span><span><span><span>November 13, 2020 11:00 AM in </span><a href=";"><span>London</span></a></span></span></p> <p><br /> <span><span><strong><span><span>Register here:</span></span></strong> <a href=""><span></span></a> </span></span></p> <p> </p> <h3><span><span><strong><span><span>Panellists’ biographies:</span></span></strong></span></span></h3> <table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 807px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6b7deb95-92b0-47ae-ad0c-74ea35161981" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Stephen%20Cotton%2C%20230x.jpg" /></td> <td style="width: 560px;"> <p><br /> <strong>Stephen Cotton</strong><br /> <br /> Stephen Cotton is the General Secretary of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) – a global union federation of almost 700 trade unions representing 20 million workers in 147 countries in the transport industry. He was re-elected to the position at the 44th ITF Congress held in Singapore in 2018. Mr. Cotton is also Chair of the Council of Global Unions (CGU) the partnership between the International Trade Union Confederation, global union federations and the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="30075e1c-e01c-4ec3-9ac7-357c32a9ec29" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Alexandre%20de%20Juniac230.jpg" /></td> <td style="width: 560px;"> <p><strong>Alexandre de Juniac</strong><br /> <br /> Alexandre de Juniac became the seventh person to lead the International Air Transport Association (IATA) when he took on the role of Director General and CEO from 1 September 2016. De Juniac has almost three decades of experience in both the private and public sectors. This includes senior positions in the airline and aerospace industries and the French government.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="59a1048a-cbdf-4f04-a70e-0ba73a1e68b3" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Marti%CC%81n%20Eurnekian%20230%20.jpg" /></td> <td style="width: 560px;"> <p><br /> <strong>Martín Eurnekian</strong></p> <p>Martín Eurnekian is Chief Executive Officer of Corporación América Airports (NYSE: CAAP), a holding company that acquires, develops and operates airport concessions. The company currently operates 52 airports in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, Ecuador, Armenia and Italy. Mr. Eurnekian is as well the chairman of Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 (AA2000) and a member of the board of each of the airport operating companies controlled by the group. Martin is the Chairman of Airport Council International (ACI World) and has previously held the presidency of Airport Council International for Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC).</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e9f66fa2-67d9-4de0-ad6b-11c7bd679ee1" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Mohamed%20Khalifa%20Rahma%20230.png" /></td> <td style="width: 560px;"> <p><br /> <strong>Mohamed Khalifa Rahma</strong></p> <p>Mohamed Khalifa Rahma is the Director of Air Transport Bureau in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Mr. Rahma took over his position on April, 2020. Prior to his appointment he was the regional Director of ICAO Middle East Regional office. Before he was the Undersecretary of International and Internal Affairs at the Ministry of Civil Aviation of Egypt and previously the advisor to the Egyptian Minister of Civil Aviation. During his tenure, Mr. Rahma acted as a liaison person to facilitate communication between the local bodies and the international and regional organizations such as ICAO, IATA, AFCAC and ACAC.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--14" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Tue, 10 Nov 2020 09:55:35 +0000 barton_linda 194983 at Airlines and Air Transport Workers Call for Urgent Government Assistance to Prevent Jobs Catastrophe <span class="field-title">Airlines and Air Transport Workers Call for Urgent Government Assistance to Prevent Jobs Catastrophe</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Urgent%20Gov%20Assist%20Global.jpg?itok=wf3o660U" 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, 11/10/2020 - 09:53</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) issued a <a href="">joint statement</a> calling for urgent government intervention to prevent an employment catastrophe in the aviation industry.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Estimates from the Air Transport Action Group suggest some 4.8 million aviation workers’ jobs are at risk as a result of air travel demand falling more than 75% (August 2020 compared to August 2019). The impact of COVID-19 related border restrictions and quarantine measures has effectively closed down the aviation industry, grounding planes and leaving infrastructure and aircraft manufacturing capacity idle.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The IATA and the ITF request to governments includes calls to:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span>Provide continued financial support for the aviation industry</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Safely re-open borders without quarantine by implementing a globally harmonized system of pre-departure COVID-19 testing.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Aviation faces an unprecedented employment catastrophe. Airlines have cut costs to the bone, but have just 8.5 months of cash left under current conditions. Tens of thousands of jobs have already been lost, and unless governments provide more financial relief, these are likely to increase to the hundreds of thousands. Aviation plays an essential role connecting nations and carrying essential cargo, and it is in governments’ own interests to offer further financial aid to keep the industry viable. But more importantly, governments need to work together to safely re-open borders. That means putting in place a global scheme for testing passengers for COVID-19. With that in place, quarantine can be removed and passengers can have the confidence to fly again,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>“The global aviation industry is in a state of prolonged crisis. By the end of the year, almost 80% of wage replacement </span></span></span><span><span><span>schemes will run out, without urgent intervention from governments we will witness the biggest jobs crisis the industry has ever seen. But the catastrophic jobs crisis can be avoided with a clear a coordinated strategy built on relief, recovery and reform</span></span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>. </span></span></span><span><span><span>The world’s aviation workers are calling on governments to act now, deliver the financial support that will </span></span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>protect their jobs and to commit to working with trade unions and employers </span></span></span><span><span><span>to support the industry’s long-term recovery. The aviation workforce is a skilled workforce that has been, and will continue to be, vital to nations' COVID response and recovery. If governments fail to act and support aviation, not only will they hurt the industry, the impacts will be hard felt by society at large,” said Stephen Cotton, ITF’s General Secretary.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>In addition to re-opening borders with testing and financial support, the organizations also called for governments to develop a roadmap for long-term industry recovery including investment in workforce retraining and upskilling, and in green technologies, especially sustainable aviation fuels.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">“The ability and speed that countries recover from Covid-19, is closely linked to the recovery of global air connectivity,” said the<a href=""> joint statement</a>. “Government intervention and investment therefore must not just provide support for the air transport industry now but also to ensure that it is fit for purpose and able to support the world’s return to normality from the pandemic.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>For more information, please contact:</span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong>ITF Communications</strong><br /> Tel: +44 7770 728 229<br /> Email: <br />  </p> <p><strong>IATA Corporate Communications</strong><br /> Tel: +41 22 770 2967<br /> Email:<br />  </p> <p><strong>Notes for editors:</strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Webinar: Securing Jobs for a Successful Recovery in Aviation</span></span></strong><br /> <span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>On Friday, November 13 (11:00-13:00 UTC), the ITF will be hosting a webinar “Securing Jobs for a Successful Recovery in Aviation” with aviation industry leaders from ITF, IATA, ACI and ICAO. During this session, panellists will discuss solutions for the unprecedented challenge facing the industry and society at large.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><a href=""><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">Register here</span></a><strong><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"> in advance, or find out </span></strong><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><a href="">more information here</a>.</span><strong><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"> </span></strong></span></span></span></p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--15" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Tue, 10 Nov 2020 09:53:16 +0000 barton_linda 194978 at Catastrophic jobs crisis on horizon without government intervention <span class="field-title">Catastrophic jobs crisis on horizon without government intervention</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/ITF%20IATA%20global.jpg?itok=pBdKOnat" 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, 11/10/2020 - 09:49</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><strong>Joint IATA/ITF statement on financial support and testing to restart global aviation</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Seven months since the World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 a global pandemic, aviation continues to be one of the worst hit business sectors from this crisis. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates that the industry will not recover to 2019 levels until at least 2024. Support to the aviation sector - an industry that has repatriated citizens and kept supply chains and crucial medical equipment moving throughout the pandemic - has been insufficient to prevent thousands of job losses. Globally some 4.8 million aviation workers’ jobs are at risk.  </span></span></p> <p><span><span>It is clear now that air transport is in a prolonged crisis. Governments need a clear and coordinated strategy to rebuild aviation, comprising immediate financial support, replacing quarantine requirements with systematic testing of passengers, and working with employers and trade unions to support the industry’s long-term recovery.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>The global aviation industry has a highly skilled workforce that is necessary for the resilience of nations’ response to the pandemic through the transportation of medical supplies and other critical supply chains, and to the repatriation of citizens and key workers. Aviation professionals have worked through the pandemic despite huge challenges and health risks. There have been cases of unruly and disruptive passenger aggression as cabin crew maintain critical safety requirements such as the wearing of facemasks throughout passenger journeys</span>. Their health and safety must be a priority for governments.</span></p> <p><span><span>Airlines and aviation professionals are grateful to those governments that have aided the industry during the shutdown. Some $160 billion in aid has been given which has been crucial to prevent an even worse economic and social catastrophe. Despite this help, revenues are expected to close the year over 62% down compared to 2019 and airlines continue to burn through cash at the rate of $300,000 a day. The imminent closure of 70% of the current wage subsidy programs will mean maintaining employment at current levels will be unsustainable. Without immediate action from governments to further support the industry, the situation will trigger a massive jobs crisis.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>The ability and speed that countries recover from Covid-19, is closely linked to the recovery of global air connectivity. Government intervention and investment therefore must not just provide support for the air transport industry now, but also to ensure that it is fit for purpose and able to support the world’s return to normality from the pandemic. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>IATA and ITF therefore call on the world’s governments to:</span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span>Provide continued financial support for the aviation industry.</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Prioritize a globally harmonized systematic pre-departure testing scheme for all passengers.</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Communicate to citizens the need to follow biosafety protocols such as wearing face masks during air travel and the sanctions that may be imposed for failure to do so as a deterrent to unruly and disruptive behavior </span></span></li> <li><span><span>Encourage investment in green technologies especially sustainable aviation fuels, to help the industry build back better from COVID-19.</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Develop a roadmap for long-term industry recovery, including investment in workforce retraining and upskilling.</span></span></li> </ul></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--16" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Tue, 10 Nov 2020 09:49:26 +0000 barton_linda 194977 at ITF Aviation Week: Global aviation unions unite to defend jobs and secure safe workplaces <span class="field-title">ITF Aviation Week: Global aviation unions unite to defend jobs and secure safe workplaces</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/AW%20web%20story%20Global.jpg?itok=JvyelFI7" width="1690" height="951" 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, 11/09/2020 - 18:32</span> <div class="field-body"><p>“The COVID-19 pandemic has been unlike any other external shock encountered by the global aviation industry. Border restrictions and quarantine measures have devastated the aviation industry, and hundreds of thousands of jobs have already been lost,” said Joseph Tiberi, ITF Civil Aviation chair.</p> <p>The prolonged coronavirus pandemic has left many airlines and companies across the aviation industry fighting for survival. This crisis for workers, like the crises we have seen before, has been fuelled by issues that have plagued our industry for years that the ITF and our affiliates continue to campaign to rectify. </p> <p>Deregulation and liberalisation, the subcontracting and fragmentation of labour and oversupply of low-cost flights have contributed to worsening pay, conditions and health and safety for aviation workers.</p> <p>“We recognise that there is a long road ahead to recover from this current crisis, but it is vital to build back a better, safer and more sustainable aviation industry that puts workers first. We cannot win this fight alone. It is vital for us to share our ideas, thoughts, experiences and solidarity across borders – this is the goal of ITF Aviation Week,” said Tiberi.</p> <p>ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton said today that ITF Aviation Week was a critical forum for global aviation unions to share best practice on innovative ways to protect jobs and workers’ hard-fought-for terms and conditions.</p> <p>“The Covid-19 pandemic has ripped apart the very functioning of the aviation industry. Right now, the international solidarity that underpins ITF’s core principles is more important than ever,” said Cotton.</p> <p>“Trade unions this week will develop strategies to ensure that a voice for workers is central in the industry’s recovery - through tripartite aviation recovery bodies. The health and safety of aviation workers and passengers must be at the heart of recovery efforts. Workers must be at the table to self-determine their future of work. Only a collective response today can guarantee a sustainable aviation industry of tomorrow,” concluded Cotton.</p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/aviation" hreflang="en">aviation</a></div> <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--17" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Mon, 09 Nov 2020 18:32:11 +0000 luke_m 194982 at 200,000 striking Bangladeshi maritime workers win decade-long battle for rights <span class="field-title">200,000 striking Bangladeshi maritime workers win decade-long battle for rights</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/BNSF%20strike_webimage.png?itok=mtdTUGXU" 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, 11/09/2020 - 05:38</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span><span><span>Late last month, over 200,000 ‘naujan’, or river navigation workers, under the banner of the ITF-affiliated Bangladesh Noujan Shramik Federation (BNSF) won major improvements to their working lives after a three-day strike against the Bangladesh Cargo Vessel Owners' Association.</span></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-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span><span><span>Among the gains, employers have accepted the maritime workers’ long-standing argument for the payment of food allowances to crew aboard river navigation vessels.</span></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-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span><span><span>Ashiqul Alam Chowdhury, General Secretary of BNSF said, “this had become an emotive issue for us, and we were only asking what’s written in the MLC regarding food allowance for crew on board cargo vessels”.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9a45eac2-f781-4786-880f-69424dba10fd" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/received_367597994312046.jpeg" class="align-center" /> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span><span><span>The Maritime Labour Convention requires employers to provide</span></span></span></span></span> <span><span><span><span><span>good quality and drinking water food to ship workers. </span></span></span></span></span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span><span><span>Larger vessels would typically have a qualified cook on board, but an adequate allowance is another way for employers to fulfil their requirements if the vessel is too small to have a cook and galley.</span></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-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span><span><span>As part of the resolution of the dispute, the vessel owners' association has agreed to progress an 11-point charter developed by the workers. The charter pushes for:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span><span><span>the provision of appointment letters to workers;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span><span><span>issuing identity cards and service books;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span><span><span>ensuring social safety of workers;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span><span><span>payment of food allowances;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span><span><span>stopping extortion and robbery on vessels;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span><span><span>job formalisation for workers;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span><span><span>implementation of the 2016 pay scale.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6293c3fd-e979-484e-84f0-4074dbc86ec8" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/received_717062999222112.jpeg" class="align-center" /> <p> </p> </li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span><span><span>Chowdhury said the employers promised action on the charter before, including the allowances. In November last year, industrial action organised by the union was only called off after 'assurances' were given by the owners. </span></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-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span><span><span>“They reneged on their promise,” said Chowdhury. “But this time things are different.” </span></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-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span><span><span>He said part of the reason is that the most recent industrial action crippled the owners’ cargo network.</span></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-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span><span><span>The <a>Bangladesh Cargo Vessel Owners' Association </a>operates 5,000 cargo ships along a river system that takes cargo to and from 50 mother vessels near the sea (at Chattogram and Mongla ports), through inland water routes to river ports and upstream terminals.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="906259e9-3476-48d9-90e4-4dbe236798f2" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/received_361990318245929.jpeg" class="align-center" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="1b24c5a6-3fa3-40e7-a0b7-4f61198d0050" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/received_1499174760276762.jpeg" class="align-center" /> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span><span><span>“Their system was totally paralysed due to the strike action in late October, and that’s made them take maritime workers seriously”, said Chowdhury.</span></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-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span><span><span><span>“We held a meeting between the employers and union officials in the presence of the Labour and Employment Minister on 23rd October. We agreed that from October onwards workers on various-sized vessels would start being paid food allowances,” said Chowdhury.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em>Photos: Credit Bangladesh Noujan Shramik Federation (BNSF), 2020 Ⓒ</em></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/industrial-action" hreflang="en">industrial action</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--18" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Mon, 09 Nov 2020 05:38:44 +0000 Rory_M 194980 at ITF Executive Board statement to members <span class="field-title">ITF Executive Board statement to members </span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WhatsApp%20Image%202020-11-05%20at%2018.05.03%281%29.jpeg?itok=1Q-qu5Kw" width="1690" height="952" 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, 11/05/2020 - 16:54</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span>The ITF reaffirms the critical role transport workers continue to play in keeping the world moving through the Covid-19 pandemic, and our solidarity with our members who continue to do their unions, families and communities proud. At a time of unprecedented crisis, we stop to remember and honour those who have lost their lives in recent months. In their names, we commit to continue advocating for better occupational safety and health standards, with a central role for unions and workers across our sectors.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Our brave members put their lives on the line every day while confronting extraordinary levels of stress and challenges to their mental health as a result of the pandemic. Across the supply chain, transport workers are keeping key services afloat but have become even more vulnerable to exploitation in all sectors. Workers continue to be left without jobs or access to the social protections they are entitled to. This disproportionately affects those in informal, precarious and non-standard forms of employment, particularly women and young workers. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>At the onset of the crisis, the ITF laid out the actions needed to be taken by employers and governments – in each transport sector and the entire supply chain – to protect workers, the public and the economy. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Alongside our social partners, we developed solutions to resolve the crew change crisis. But 400,000 seafarers still remain trapped at sea, separated from their families, exceeding the limits of safe shipping. We are campaigning tirelessly to say ‘Enough is Enough’. At the same time, we are organising and campaigning for our railway workers and our public transport workers, who continue to put their health and lives at risk working to protect others, and our truck drivers, who have been forced to work longer and harder. Aviation is an industry in crisis but we have a roadmap to protect employment, standards and build a sustainable industry for the future. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Whilst some governments and employers have shown leadership, others have done nothing. In some cases, we are even witnessing the simultaneous misuse of public relief schemes and attacks on terms and conditions of employment. Meanwhile, the hasty introduction of digital technologies and platform services without consultation is having a significant impact on jobs and working conditions, disproportionately impacting young and women workers. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Just this week, 13 railway workers from our affiliates in Thailand were sentenced to three years imprisonment and hefty fines, simply for trying to improve national rail safety measures. Today, we are calling for an end to inaction and governments using Covid-19 as a guise to attack workers’ rights. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The global economic model has failed working women and men. We call for more sustainable environmental, social and governance policies. Our solutions are realistic and fair, and they must be adopted if we want to protect our communities and economies. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>As we continue to lobby for industry-wide solutions, we are also moving into the next phase of our crisis response to protect our members.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>We have a plan to protect jobs, income security and workers’ rights and put a vision of sustainable transport at the heart of the recovery. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>We have a plan on how to implement universal health and safety standards in all transport sectors, with active workers’ participation in the decision-making in their workplaces.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>We also have a plan to strengthen our membership, including women transport workers, young transport workers, informal transport workers, and with allies in our communities. Our message to transport workers under threat is simple:  join a union and build your power.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The ITF is part of a global movement that is still growing. Together with our sister global union federations and the International Trade Union Confederation, representing over 200 million workers, we are more committed to international solidarity than ever before. Unions give workers power, and we are their international arm.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Today, we are calling time on the unnecessary risks facing transport workers. Regionally and internationally, we call on the UN to do more to protect transport and the working men and women that keep the world moving. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Nationally, we urge governments and employers to sit down with us: listen to our calls and those of our unions and act, show leadership to safeguard decent jobs, and retain and retrain workers to respond to the challenges of Covid-19. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>We – the ITF – have the plans to allow us to emerge from this crisis a stronger, fairer global society. </span></span></span></p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--19" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Thu, 05 Nov 2020 16:54:26 +0000 barton_linda 194976 at BRT Africa Regional Strategy Workshop <span class="field-title">BRT Africa Regional Strategy Workshop</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">Tue, 11/03/2020 - 17:48</span> <div class="field-field_about"> <div>About</div> <div><p>The OPT (Our Public Transport) team will be holding a workshop on 9 November, bringing together African ITF affiliates to discuss the recent Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) labour impact assessment reports in Dakar and Kampala and previous report of Nairobi, the impact of Covid-19 on informal transport workers and the reforms imposed on passenger transport. There will also be discussions on formalisation and a draft ITF trade union negotiating guide on <em>Informal passenger transport beyond Covid-19: A trade union guide to worker-led formalisation</em>.  </p> <p>For more info: <a href=""></a> </p></div> </div> <div class="field-field_sector"> <div>Sector</div> <div> <div><a href="/en/sector/urban-transport" hreflang="en">Urban Transport</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field-field_region"> <div>Region</div> <div> <div><a href="/en/region/itf-africa" hreflang="en">ITF Africa</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field-field_location"> <div>Location</div> <div>Virtual</div> </div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/our-public-transport" hreflang="en">our public transport</a></div> </div> <div class="field-field_date_range"> <div>Date range</div> <div>09 November 2020</div> </div> <div class="field-field_end_date"> <div>End date</div> <div>Mon, 11/09/2020 - 13:48</div> </div> <div class="field-field_start_date"> <div>Start date</div> <div>Mon, 11/09/2020 - 13:49</div> </div> Tue, 03 Nov 2020 17:48:41 +0000 Natalie 194975 at World Aids Day <span class="field-title">World Aids Day</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">Tue, 11/03/2020 - 17:37</span> <div class="field-field_region"> <div>Region</div> <div> <div><a href="/en/region/itf-africa" hreflang="en">ITF Africa</a></div> <div><a href="/en/region/itf-americas" hreflang="en">ITF Americas</a></div> <div><a href="/en/region/itf-arab-world" hreflang="en">ITF Arab World</a></div> <div><a href="/en/region/itf-asia-pacific" hreflang="en">ITF Asia Pacific</a></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>Global</div> </div> <div class="field-field_date_range"> <div>Date range</div> <div>01 December 2020</div> </div> <div class="field-field_end_date"> <div>End date</div> <div>Tue, 12/01/2020 - 13:48</div> </div> <div class="field-field_start_date"> <div>Start date</div> <div>Tue, 12/01/2020 - 13:49</div> </div> <div class="field-field_in_focus"> <div>In focus</div> <div> <div><a href="/en/focus/hivaids" hreflang="en">HIV/AIDS</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 03 Nov 2020 17:37:26 +0000 Natalie 194974 at World Toilet Day <span class="field-title">World Toilet Day </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">Tue, 11/03/2020 - 17:35</span> <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>Global</div> </div> <div class="field-field_date_range"> <div>Date range</div> <div>19 November 2020</div> </div> <div class="field-field_end_date"> <div>End date</div> <div>Thu, 11/19/2020 - 13:48</div> </div> <div class="field-field_start_date"> <div>Start date</div> <div>Thu, 11/19/2020 - 13:49</div> </div> Tue, 03 Nov 2020 17:35:04 +0000 Natalie 194973 at International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women <span class="field-title">International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women</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">Tue, 11/03/2020 - 17:31</span> <div class="field-field_region"> <div>Region</div> <div> <div><a href="/en/region/itf-africa" hreflang="en">ITF Africa</a></div> <div><a href="/en/region/itf-americas" hreflang="en">ITF Americas</a></div> <div><a href="/en/region/itf-arab-world" hreflang="en">ITF Arab World</a></div> <div><a href="/en/region/itf-asia-pacific" hreflang="en">ITF Asia Pacific</a></div> <div><a href="/en/region/itf-delhi-office" hreflang="en">ITF Delhi office</a></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>Global</div> </div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/women" hreflang="en">women</a></div> </div> <div class="field-field_date_range"> <div>Date range</div> <div>25 November 2020</div> </div> <div class="field-field_end_date"> <div>End date</div> <div>Wed, 11/25/2020 - 13:48</div> </div> <div class="field-field_start_date"> <div>Start date</div> <div>Wed, 11/25/2020 - 13:49</div> </div> Tue, 03 Nov 2020 17:31:53 +0000 Natalie 194972 at FPC Steering Group <span class="field-title">FPC Steering Group</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">Tue, 11/03/2020 - 17:19</span> <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>Virtual</div> </div> <div class="field-field_date_range"> <div>Date range</div> <div>10 - 11 December 2020</div> </div> <div class="field-field_end_date"> <div>End date</div> <div>Fri, 12/11/2020 - 13:48</div> </div> <div class="field-field_start_date"> <div>Start date</div> <div>Thu, 12/10/2020 - 13:49</div> </div> Tue, 03 Nov 2020 17:19:07 +0000 Natalie 194971 at Dockers Section Committee <span class="field-title">Dockers Section 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">Tue, 11/03/2020 - 17:07</span> <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>Virtual</div> </div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/dockers" hreflang="en">dockers </a></div> </div> <div class="field-field_date_range"> <div>Date range</div> <div>07 - 08 December 2020</div> </div> <div class="field-field_end_date"> <div>End date</div> <div>Tue, 12/08/2020 - 13:48</div> </div> <div class="field-field_start_date"> <div>Start date</div> <div>Mon, 12/07/2020 - 13:49</div> </div> Tue, 03 Nov 2020 17:07:36 +0000 Natalie 194970 at Unions and employers partner on a project to ensure seafarers from the Philippines are ‘Covid-free’ <span class="field-title">Unions and employers partner on a project to ensure seafarers from the Philippines are ‘Covid-free’</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/v4%20Manila%20project%20joint%20statement_final.png?itok=HVVTSgnc" 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, 11/03/2020 - 09:42</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the <a href="">International Maritime Employers’ Council</a> (IMEC) have launched an enhanced quarantine and testing programme in Manila, with the aim of getting more Filipino seafarers to-and-from ships amidst a global crew change crisis by addressing the concerns governments have in regard to minimising the spread of the pandemic.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Launched on 28 October, the programme consists of:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span>300 secure isolation rooms contracted at two hotels from reputable hotel chains in Manila;</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>24/7 security and monitoring to ensure 14-day quarantine;</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>arrival and pre-embarkation gold-standard PCR testing of seafarers;</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>secure certification of test results using blockchain tamper-proof technology;</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>secure transit to airports in groups no more than five (including driver);</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>seeking partnership with governments and their immigration and port authorities to recognise test result certificates, to reduce unnecessary quarantining time and improve the volume of crew change.</span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The facilities and process will be audited by independent 3rd party auditors before being admitted to the so called “WHITE LIST” and subjected to regular periodical audits to ensure continued compliance. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton said the programme was about unions and employers working together to provide solutions in a ‘Covid world’.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“The reality is that this virus is with us for the time being. As long as there is no vaccine, all of us must work together to get seafarers safely to and from ships on a much larger scale than we’re seeing right now.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“For safety and environmental reasons, you can’t leave a ship docked in a harbour without a crew. You’ve got to have ‘joiners’ lined up before crew can leave a ship.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“In our opinion this system provides the safest way to get replacement crew quickly to the ships so that seafarers who have been on board for far too long can exercise their right to return home. It’s much safer and more efficient if a country has proof that a seafarer has been in managed and monitored isolation and has tested negative twice to let them in; rather than requiring them to quarantine when they arrive.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“With months of too little action from so many governments to resolve the crew change crisis that mainly is of their making; it falls to workers, their unions and employers to come up with practical solutions like this to help get seafarers off these floating prisons and refreshed by those eager to back to work and earning again,” said Cotton.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The programme is supported by ITF maritime affiliates in the Philippines AMOSUP and PSU. It is made possible due to a grant for “seed money” from the AMOSUP International Maritime Training Fund. The fund can only support the welfare of Filipino seafarers.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>IMEC Chair Capt. Belal Ahmed said the programme came together initially after employers and unions understood that more practical solutions were needed that addressed concerns raised by a number of crew change hubs over the authenticity of Covid negative tests obtained in the Philippines and over the efficacy of pre-embarkation quarantine processes used by seafarers looking to join ships.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“We felt there had to be a technology and process solution to be able to say to countries: ‘the seafarer has done their quarantine in a managed and monitored environment, here is their negative test: now please let them get on with their job’. This new programme means we will be able to say that with confidence.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“We have had input from software developers who have provided blockchain technology to make the Covid PCR test result certificates tamper-proof,” Ahmed said, ”the quarantine facility follows strict guidelines under Singapore’s SHN (Stay Home Notice) rules. This is fundamental to ensure the crew remain COVID-19 free for at least 14 days before they join the ship.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>For now, the programme and places at its facilities are only open to IMEC members.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“We are going to see in the next few weeks how this process goes. When we see the results that we want to see, we will look to scale it up to help more seafarers change over.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I hope this serves as a model for how things can be done. This kind of innovation is so important for ending this humanitarian crisis,” said Ahmed. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The project is also cooperating with a similar programme set up by the Norwegian Shipowners Association that was launched at the beginning of the month and which utilises the same hotel.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Notes:</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Rooms have been available available for use from 28 October, and can be booked now</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>All booking requests should be directed to the booking coordinator for this project at </span></span></span><a href=""><span><span></span></span></a></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>This </span></span></span><a href=";id=8c7ac514ed&amp;e=a57fd90ba3"><span><span><span>flow chart</span></span></span> </a><span><span><span>provides more details on how the process works</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--20" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Tue, 03 Nov 2020 09:42:01 +0000 Rory_M 194968 at ITF launch gig economy employer principles before landmark Prop 22 vote in California <span class="field-title">ITF launch gig economy employer principles before landmark Prop 22 vote in California</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WhatsApp%20Image%202020-11-02%20at%2017.47.39.jpeg?itok=T4IpxwEi" width="1690" height="953" 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, 11/02/2020 - 18:36</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span>On the eve of the landmark vote on Proposition 22 in California, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has launched 10 gig economy employer principles. These demand an end to misclassification, as well as specific demands on social protections for gig workers related to living wages, safety, algorithmic management and data security.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>On 3 November, Californian voters will be asked to decide on the future employment status of millions of riders, drivers and workers. This comes after Uber, Lyft and the other sponsors introduced a ballot measure asking Californians to exempt them from the ground-breaking AB5 state employment legislation, which makes it harder for companies to misclassify workers as self-employed contractors. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The companies argue that contractor classification benefits workers, but in reality it deprives them of job security, health care and paid sick leave, and allows companies to slash benefits, deny workers a minimum wage and social security protections.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“Gig employers like Uber and Lyft, through their '<a href="">Yes on Prop 22</a>' campaign, have chosen to prioritise costly court cases and advertising campaigns to protect their corporate greed, instead of helping the employees who form the backbone of their businesses. With Covid-19 plunging even more people into precarity, these companies have made it clear they care more about profit margins than the people who work for them,” said ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“We call on these companies, and others across the globe, to read the ITF’s 10 gig economy principles and recognise that they have responsibilities to their workers' rights. Now more than ever is the time for companies, particularly multinationals, to fully discharge their corporate responsibility to respect human rights and raise the bar industry-wide.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The $200 million '<span><a href="">Yes on Prop 22</a>'</span> campaign has seen Uber and the other sponsors flout internationally-accepted business and human rights principles in their pursuit of special status in California that would result in poorer pay, labour exploitation and more precarious work for millions of workers. Against the backdrop of a global pandemic that has hit essential gig workers hard, it is a <a href=""><span>perfect case study on irresponsible business conduct</span></a>.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“The world needs more laws like AB5 that afford proper protections to millions of transport workers and dismantle business models built on exploitation and poor labour standards. We call on all Californian voters to vote ‘no’ to protect their transport workers, and at the end of the day, protect themselves,” said Cotton.<br /> <br /> A number of countries have now classified gig economy workers as employees, said Baker Khundakji, ITF Youth Officer. </span></span></span></p> <p>“Judges and regulators are coming to the same realisation: the gig economy is an employer like any other and gig workers are increasingly being recognised as employees, most recently in Spain,” said Khundakji.</p> <p><span><span><span>“Gig workers around the world are tired of being exploited and tired of being misclassified as contractors. AB5 ends misclassification, which is a key demand of the ITF gig economy principles, and offers a sound basis for improving gig workers’ working conditions.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“At a time when inequality is on the rise, and platform companies are poised to become an increasingly common source of income – for the sake of preserving decent work and ensuring that inequality and the erosion of workers’ rights is not further exacerbated – we say vote no to Prop 22, and then let’s take AB5 global!” said Khundakji.</span></span></span><br />  </p> <p><span><span><span><strong>The ITF gig economy employer principles: </strong></span></span></span></p> <ol> <li><span><span><span><strong>Health, safety and PPE for all workers</strong> with adequate and appropriate provision of personal protection equipment and sanitation facilities, and specific protections against violence and harassment in the workplace;</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong>Correct employment status classification</strong> and an end to disguised employment relationships;</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong>A labour protection floor</strong> that enforces ILO Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, including gender rights, freedom of association and collective bargaining. These rights should be embodied in the algorithms themselves. </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong>Living wages</strong>, regardless of employment status, with negotiated cost recovery formulas for fairly classified self-employed workers. Workers must be paid on time, and should receive tips in full at the moment they are paid. </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong>Human and humane control</strong> where workers in the gig economy have their work conditioned and controlled by software and data. Named individuals should be responsible for the software and its impacts on workers.  </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong>Fair digital contracts</strong> – flexibility should not come at the cost of decent working conditions. <a>Deactivations</a>  from the app should follow a fair process in which appeals are heard. Contracts should specify rights to data, and changes to working conditions should be consulted and negotiated. Workers ratings should be portable across apps. </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong>Workers’ data rights</strong> – workers produce data that is then used to control their work, so they have the right to know what data is collected, what it is used for, where it is stored, and how the software built on it works. They should enjoy free access to all the data collected on them during working time, in recognition that it is their data since they created it. </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong>Gender neutral software</strong> – platforms must ensure that their algorithms and digital processes are tested so that gender biases against women in relation to pay, safety and other issues can be eliminated. </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong>Access to social protections</strong> including healthcare, pensions and other forms of social security and insurance protection; and,</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong>Paying taxes</strong> – social protections are paid by the state, but can only be paid for if companies adopt responsible business practices, such as paying their share of taxes. </span></span></span></li> </ol></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--21" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Mon, 02 Nov 2020 18:36:28 +0000 luke_m 194967 at ITF launches first position paper on remote tower operations <span class="field-title">ITF launches first position paper on remote tower operations</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WhatsApp%20Image%202020-11-02%20at%2009.56.51.jpeg?itok=wqM-CfQD" width="1690" height="952" 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, 11/02/2020 - 09:29</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span>Air traffic services are vital to the safety and efficiency of the aviation sector and the wider global economy, managing national and international airspace for the public good. While these services have traditionally been provided on-site at airports, technological developments are raising the possibility of so-called ‘remote tower’ operations.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>While generally supportive of new technologies in the field of air traffic services, the ITF and its affiliates are seriously concerned about the current direction of national and international policy on remote towers. Unless policymakers take great care in the development of these operations, they risk causing serious damage to aviation safety, public confidence in air travel and regional economies for the sake of minor and still unproven cost reductions in service provision.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The ITF’s new report, <a href=""><em>Safe Skies</em></a>, is the first major contribution to the debate from a worker and union perspective. In particular, it highlights the need for workers and their unions to be at the table from the beginning to help proactively shape national and international policy on remote tower operations, rather than be excluded until the end.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Gabriel Mocho Rodriguez, ITF civil aviation secretary, said: “Remote tower operations are an incredibly important innovation in the world of aviation. They have the potential to overhaul how the entire sector operates, but there are also serious risks involved. That’s why policymakers need to make sure that all parties, including workers and unions, are involved in making decisions on the use of this technology.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>As part of its work on the reset of the aviation sector after Covid-19, the ITF is also commissioning major new research into future models for air navigation service providers (ANSPs). Please get in touch if you are interested in receiving a preview of the findings and recommendations.</span></span></span></span></p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--22" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Mon, 02 Nov 2020 09:29:32 +0000 james_b 194963 at ITF and Marlow battle to get crew changed as crisis hits eight months <span class="field-title">ITF and Marlow battle to get crew changed as crisis hits eight months</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/201021_MolloyCrewChange_v2.png?itok=MzIFhhik" 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, 11/02/2020 - 08:50</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">Stuck on board a ship since February, an apprentice engineer feels humiliated that she has no sanitary towels. She’s increasingly distressed that she cannot go home. Another seafarer doesn’t understand why he can’t be repatriated when his contract ended six months ago. A fresh crew member can’t board a ship because the person he’s replacing is blocked from leaving the ship.</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">These are the realities of the crew change crisis. Behind the statistics (there are now 400,000 seafarers now caught up in the tragedy), statements and promises from governments and international bodies, there are the day-to-day experiences of the seafarers who must live the crisis. </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">It’s at this real-world level where the efforts of crew managers, ship owners, and unions to get crew home and refreshed, are so critical. </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">Tommy Molloy, ITF Inspector based in Liverpool, has been working with anyone he can to help get seafarers home. </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">Molloy has been working with crew management company Marlow Navigation to assist seafarers on several of the vessels under its management to get home. </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">We take a look at some of Molloy and Marlow’s more recent cases below.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><em><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">Densa Leopard</span></em></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">Early in September, Nautilus reported on a case of a Russian 2nd Engineer on board the <em>MV Densa Leopard </em>who was six months over contract but, despite the efforts of Marlow Navigation (NL), could not get off the vessel. Molloy took up the case with Malta, the flag state. </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">“Transport Malta asked for a written statement from the seafarer requesting his repatriation, but the flag state didn’t respond when this was provided,” Molloy explains. “When the vessel returned to Sri Lanka Marlow Navigation had arranged a replacement, a Sri Lankan, but two days were needed for the result of a Covid test for the on-signer as per local regulations. The charterer wouldn’t let the ship wait and ordered the vessel to make its way towards the Red Sea, where some relief crew were planned to join the ship.</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">“Before it departed, the ITF pushed for Sri Lankan Port State Control to inspect the vessel and determine if the ship was operating within the national and domestic rules regarding seafarer welfare and valid contracts, but they refused.”</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">The company requested that the 2nd Engineer be allowed to disembark in Sri Lanka, even without a reliever. Malta was not expected to have had any problem with this, as the seafarer had stopped working upon completion of his contract, and had become a passenger on the vessel – as is his right under the Maritime Labour Convention.</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">“We learned that the flag state had been contacted and had been asked if they would allow the 2nd Engineer to be put ashore in Sri Lanka without a reliever as he was following ITF advice and was no longer working in any case. A dispensation was requested in respect of safe manning to the next port only, where another 2nd Engineer was ready to join. It seems Transport Malta refused on the grounds that even if he wasn’t working, as long as his licence was on board with him safe manning requirements were met. I requested clarification from Transport Malta to establish if this was really their position but again, they did not respond.”</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">“Considering he was no longer working, safe manning requirements were not being met on the ship anyway,” said Molloy. “However, Malta argued that as long as the seafarer and his licence were on board, then safe manning requirements were being met. They thus forced him to stay on, so they could pretend his was contributing to the safety of the ship and tick their own box as a regulator.</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">“This is a truly outrageous and potentially deadly call from a flag state. They are both denying someone their right to go home and pretending one of their flagged vessels is safer than it really is. How can they argue someone is contributing to the safety of a ship if that person has already ruled themselves out for work, potentially because they are too tired or fatigued to carry on, and are resting as a passenger? I am confident that the ITF will be raising this decision again with Malta in coming weeks.”</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">With no help from Sri Lanka or Malta, Molloy turned his attention to Jordan.</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">Molloy told the <em>MV Densa Leopard’s</em> owners, Marinsa Denizcilik AS of Turkey, that </span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>Jordan’s borders had closed since the owner’s first made their plan to relieve crew there. As a result, Molloy said, the Jordanian authorities would probably detain the vessel as the owners would be unlikely to get replacement crew into the country.</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">As a result of Molloy’s warnings, the owners took the vessel off hire for two days to allow it to call to Egypt, so that the seafarer could finally be relieved. He went home on 29 September, almost seven months after his contract finished.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><em><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">Densa Seal</span></em></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">Marlow Navigation also asked Molloy for ITF assistance with the <em>MV Densa Seal</em>, which was at Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala. The 18-strong crew had been on board for between 10 and 14 months and were refusing to sail the vessel any further. Although 17 on-signers were travelling from Mexico to join the vessel, they arrived just as the border with Guatemala was closed. That relief crew became stuck in a hotel near the two countries’ border crossing. In addition, the <span><span>Mexican authorities refused to provide visas for the departing crew to transit through Mexico.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Juan Villalón Jones is ITF Inspector based in Chile and ITF Latin America/Caribbean contact network coordinator. He </span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">explained more.</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">“In order to get the on-signers on board – which you have to do to get the existing crew home – we and the company contacted all those we needed to. We got in touch with the Philippines and Ukraine embassies in Guatemala, a local agent, the representative of the P&amp;I club and our ITF Inspector in Mexico,<span><span> who in turn contacted the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs.</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"><span><span>“The </span></span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>embassies and the Guatemalan authorities eventually cooperated and got presidential permission for the on-signers to cross the border ahead of its official re-opening. On 16</span></span></span> <span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>September the relief crew finally arrived in Puerto Quetzal and joined the vessel, allowing most of the off-signers to fly home via Mexico. Efforts were made to assist the few crew members whose US visas had expired and who were not allowed to transit through Mexico. Eventually, the Ukrainians flew home from El Salvador via Madrid on 10 October and the Filipinos arrived in Manila on 11 October,” said </span></span></span><span>Villalón Jones</span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><em><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Yasa Golden Dardanelles</span></span></span></em></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">Marlow Navigation was also trying to assist the crew of the <em>MV Yasa Golden Dardanelles</em>, who had been on board for more than 12 months. The vessel was in Houston, USA, and the crew relievers were already on board. However, the US visas of two Filipino crew members had expired, so the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) refused to allow them to disembark, even with an armed guard to accompany them to the airport.</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">Molloy contacted the ITF Inspector in Houston, Shwe Tun Aung: “We explained to the CBP that there were now 24 people on board and the ship only had safety equipment for 22 people,” Aung said. “We warned that as the vessel was scheduled to operate along the USA’s Gulf coast for the foreseeable future, the two crew members with expired contracts would be effectively kept prisoner by bureaucracy. They remained unmoved.” </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">“The company was left with no option but to send the two relievers home again, depriving them of the wages they had expected to earn to keep their families going, and to keep on board the two seafarers who had hoped to be finally going home. Just imagine how hard that was.”</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><span><span>The CBP’s disregard for seafarers’ circumstances is a major frustration in efforts to effect crew changes, said Molloy. He cites another example, unrelated to Marlow Navigation, where a </span></span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>young Panamanian cadet contacted Aung on 1 October begging for help to be repatriated. </span></span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>An apprentice engineer on a tanker performing lightering along the United States coast, she has been on board since 20 February, even though her lightering parole has expired. She felt the company was doing nothing to help her and wrote: “I am in very difficult situation with my period and I do not have any period pads to hold the bleeding. I feel very humiliated and I fear for my mental health.”</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 lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>Aung contacted the company, who assured him of its repeated efforts to persuade the CBP to let the cadet disembark, including requesting the assistance of the Panama Maritime Authority. On 1 October, the company was advised by the CBP to “cancel [the] seaman’s flight arrangements considering that the Consulate of Panama is involved … and it will take about one to two weeks until we will receive a decision from Houston CBP.”  </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 lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>Aung’s pleas to the CBP have gone unanswered. The </span></span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>young seafarer remains on board. </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><strong><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">What’s next?</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">Reflecting on what’s next for progressing more crew change, Tommy Molloy said the solutions still lie with governments.</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">“Covid-19 might be the excuse for a lack of crew change, but we’re eight months into this pandemic now and governments need to find ways to refresh this workforce.”</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">“Crew changes are being blocked by a combination of some national governments, their red tape, charterers who won’t allow the diversion of ships, some flag states, some ship owners, local bureaucrats, and a lack of flights. This all adds up to make it difficult to get seafarers home and refreshed by new crew.”</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">“The ITF has zero tolerance for companies who do not take the opportunity to do crew changes wherever they are possible, but the industry also has to work equally hard to make it easier to do changes in the first place. That’s why the ITF has been advocating so strongly for governments to bring in practical exemptions to border restrictions for seafarers, as well as pushing for more flights,” said Molloy.</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">Visa games</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">Intransigence over visas, such as that experienced by the <em>Yasa Golden Dardanelles</em> crew, are far from uncommon in the Covid-19 era, Molloy explained.</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">“Limited flight availability means it is common for crew to have to wait a few days for their confirmed repatriation flight, but some immigration officers are unwilling to provide an exit visa covering the days until their departure. They are in effect rejecting the crew change.”</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">“The ITF has been urging countries to recognise seafarers as key workers to enable their safe transit from ship to airport and vice versa. Instead, many nations are turning their backs on the seafarers – the people who carry their cargoes. They are ignoring their international obligations.”</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">The role of charterers</span></strong></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">Charterers are the agents who find and book ships on behalf of cargo owners, such as importers and exporters, and multinational companies. This means they have a big say over the route ships take, including if any diversions are made.</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">Many charterers are now inserting ‘no crew change clauses’ into their contracts with ship owners. This means that, while a charterer has a booking active on a ship, the ship’s owner and manning agent are prevented from deviating to a nearby port that allows crew change, no matter how long crew have been on board.</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">One management company </span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">told Molloy that some charterers are also refusing to include a template BIMCO clause on crew changes, and are actually rejecting vessels if a crew change is planned within the charter party duration. Such actions are devastating for backlog of tired and weary seafarers on the world’s international fleet and for hopes of getting on top of the crew change crisis.</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">“Things like this just make a bad situation worse for the crew,” said Molloy. “I haven’t had to deal with anyone killing themselves on board, yet, but of course it is happening.”</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">“If anything, it is surprising that it hasn’t happened more often. It’s pretty obvious that if you lock human beings up in a confined space for long enough, their mental health will suffer and they will lose hope. A lack of hope does dark things to people.”</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">“The worst part is that these seafarers have done nothing wrong. They have simply worked to keep the world supplied. Their reward for their endless sacrifice is for the world and its governments to treat them and their families with utter contempt,” said Molloy.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--23" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Mon, 02 Nov 2020 08:50:38 +0000 Rory_M 194961 at Civil Aviation Forum Week <span class="field-title">Civil Aviation Forum Week</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">Thu, 10/29/2020 - 12:09</span> <div class="field-field_sector"> <div>Sector</div> <div> <div><a href="/en/sector/civil-aviation" hreflang="en">Civil Aviation</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>Virtual</div> </div> <div class="field-field_date_range"> <div>Date range</div> <div>09 - 13 November 2020</div> </div> <div class="field-field_end_date"> <div>End date</div> <div>Fri, 11/13/2020 - 13:48</div> </div> <div class="field-field_start_date"> <div>Start date</div> <div>Mon, 11/09/2020 - 13:49</div> </div> Thu, 29 Oct 2020 12:09:35 +0000 Natalie 194957 at Japanese car ship arrested in Melbourne over crew change <span class="field-title">Japanese car ship arrested in Melbourne over crew change</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Metis%20Leader_webimage%20copy.png?itok=LdV-qqdP" 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, 10/22/2020 - 23:32</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) officials have been involved in stopping a Japanese-owned car import vessel from slipping through Australian authorities’ fingers in the Port of Melbourne. The ship had brought vehicles to Australia earlier this week, including the Great Wall, Hyundai, Kia and Subaru brands</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>A number of seafarers on the Panamanian-flagged MV ‘Metis Leader’ had been working aboard the vessel in excess of the 11 months maximum permitted under the Maritime Labour Convention and vessels flagged to Panama, as well as the 14 months limit allowed by Australian authorities.</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 Assistant Coordinator for Australia, Matt Purcell, said the international body and its affiliates detected the car carrier as having seafarers on board beyond acceptable limits. He said that at the time of the ship’s arrest there were:</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>Five seafarers on the verge of 12 months working aboard;</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Two seafarers aboard for 14 months;</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>Three seafarers aboard for more than 15 months, including the ship’s captain.</span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>“Keeping seafarers working aboard a ship for this long is both in violation of their rights and a recipe for human and environmental disaster,” said Purcell.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“All workers have a right to stop working upon completion of the contracts the initially signed up for. To deny any seafarer the ability to get off a ship and go home to their families, means that they are forced to keep working. What has happened here could give rise to a situation of forced labour.”</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>Purcell said the ship owner’s agents, Japanese manning companies World Marine Company and WSS Shipping Agencies, attempted to stop union inspectors from coming aboard to inspect the welfare of the crew and assist in rescuing the crew from the situation.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“The company tried to block us from coming aboard the ship and putting an end to them keeping these seafarers against their will,”</span></span></span><span><span><span> he said.</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>Purcell said the ship owner’s agents tried to use Covid-19 as an excuse to stop him coming aboard, despite the fact that in the same day Victoria had recorded just two new cases from a population of almost five million people.</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>“Clearly the company didn’t want us to learn the full extent of their deception of this vulnerable crew and their plans to carry on this forced labour charade into another month.”</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>Thankfully, ITF contracts covering the ship gave Purcell the right to board the ship and assess the crew’s situation in person.</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>“Following the detention of the vessel by Australian Maritime Safety Authority at our urging, five crew will be repatriated from Melbourne to the Philippines, including the captain and a number of engineers. The ship is not permitted to leave port until the company gets these tired and fatigued seafarers home and replaced by fresh crew.” said Purcell.</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>Purcell said that the just-in-time nature of importing new vehicles means the shipping company would be losing upwards of USD $100,000 per day as the vessel laid idle in the waters surrounding Melbourne. The MV Metis Leader was previously due to leave the Port of Melbourne at 3pm AEST on Wednesday, Purcell said. At Thursday evening the ship was stuck in Melbourne, at likely significant cost to the company.</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 believe the intention of the Japanese owners of the ship, NYK, was to slip through Melbourne undetected and sail to Jakarta with yet another promise to the crew that they would be returned home to their families at the next port.”</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>Purcell said the crew had been told previously that they would be repatriated to their home countries after their many months on board, as the Metis Leader passed through several countries that allow the changeover of seafarers. The Metis Leader had passed through Singapore, for example, ‘five or six times’, he said.</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 Australia Coordinator Dean Summers said the case of the MV Metis Leader was a ‘wakeup call’ for the international shipping industry as the crew change crisis continued into its eighth month.</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’s lesson is very clear: if you have over-contract seafarers – if you have crew who have done their time and are no longer willing or safe to operate your vessel – the ITF, our affiliates, and the Australian authorities will arrest and detain your ship until you right these wrongs, no matter the cost to you or your cargo owner.”</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>Summers continued, “Crew change is possible in ports right across the world. We have been living with Covid-19 for eight months now, and so there is no excuse for delaying or deferring crew change. Repatriating crew and replacing them with a fresh team is the responsibility of employers and ship owners – and we will act to see that responsibility honoured for every single seafarer.”</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>“Our message to ship owners, manning agents, charterers and the companies which rely on ships to transport their goods, is: if you don’t ensure your crew is changed, we will work to see your ships are stopped and the tired workers operating them freed from the shackles of forced labour.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Ensure your supply chains are free from exploitation this Christmas: or we will,” </span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>said Summers.</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>Notes:</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span>Until 14 September Panama allowed a ship owner to request consideration of  3 month contract extensions on vessels flagged to their registry by 3 months on top of the 11 months provided by the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC)</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>After that date, Panamanian authorities have only been considering and granting extensions to exceptional cases. Without an extension, a Panamanian-flagged ship must not have crew on board in excess of the 11 months allowed in the MLC </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Even when extensions are granted, they are typically conditional on ship owners need having a demonstrable plan in place for the repatriation of seafarers on board. The extension period should be used to get seafarers home and replaced by fresh crew</span></span></span></li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">From 1 October </span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">Australia </span><a href=""><span>set the ‘maximum period of shipboard service for seafarers during COVID-19 pandemic’</span></a><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"> as a ‘maximum continuous period of 14 months’ for vessels entering its waters</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">The Metis Leader crew from the Philippines are now off the ship and returning to their home country via the Melbourne Tullamarine Airport</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">A replacement Australian skipper (captain) and engineer has been engaged by the ship owner’s agents</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">The (departing and remaining) crew have been instructed by the company not to speak to media</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">The International Chamber of Shipping </span><a href=""><span>estimates</span></a><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"> that there are now over 400,000 seafarers trapped working aboard vessels worldwide </span></span></span></li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li>The detention follows a string of ship arrests by the Australian Port State Control ASMA since the crew change crisis began, including <a href="">stopping the alumina carter the MV Unison Jasper</a> in Newcastle, NSW. The ship was laid up for a number of weeks while fresh crew were flown in, to replace those who were rescued after being on board for longer than 14 months</li> </ul></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--24" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Thu, 22 Oct 2020 22:32:28 +0000 Rory_M 194948 at Indonesia’s Omnibus Bill will only make things worse for ordinary workers <span class="field-title">Indonesia’s Omnibus Bill will only make things worse for ordinary workers</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/indonesia1_0.jpg?itok=MOR_XZCG" width="1690" height="949" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/232" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dalila_m</span></span> <span class="field-created">Wed, 10/21/2020 - 17:08</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><strong>ITF recently spoke to Suria, an activist in Jakarta, Indonesia, about the Omnibus Bill on Job Creation. He tells us in his own words why the bill is a bad deal for Indonesian workers.</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“On 5 October, the Indonesian government started the ratification process of a controversial law known as the Omnibus Bill on Job Creation. The bill is detrimental in many ways but particularly harms the environment, indigenous people and workers. It serves the interests of a few big businesses and oligarchs, not the Indonesian people.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Among other things, the bill reduces minimum wage, allows corporations to use more contract workers, and cuts severance pay for workers who have their employment terminated. Workers risk losing their healthcare and other benefits.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Instead of the government focussing on how to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic, which has resulted in millions of Indonesians losing their jobs, it has chosen to pass a law that will make things much more difficult for ordinary workers.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>As a result, there have been massive strikes and protests across Indonesia demanding the government reverses the law. Those protesting are working class Indonesians, environmental activists, and indigenous people who have already been affected by liberalisation in the mining industry and pushed off their land.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>There has been a real lack of transparency in the formulation of the Omnibus Bill, which is contrary to the principle of openness required under Indonesian law. The public cannot obtain copies of the bill easily, even though the government claims it has been widely circulated, and there are fake versions circulating online. </span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Indonesian women protesting earlier this month" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="187d1940-b771-4cf3-a417-bf85e5741925" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/indonesiawomen_0.jpg" /> <figcaption>Indonesian women protesting earlier this month.</figcaption> </figure> <p><span><span><span>The bill was also passed without any real consultation with unions or workers. Indonesia is a haven for mining natural resources, such as nickel, coal, natural gas and palm oil. The bill is what foreign investors are looking for, but these companies disregard the environment and indigenous people. They do nothing to benefit the local people or to establish sustainable livelihoods, they just destroy everything. Gold mining in Papua, for example, has been going on since the 1970s but has not directly benefitted the Papuan people. Their education has not improved, and their environment has been destroyed. It used to be a mountain of gold, but the only thing they've left for the locals is a deep hole in the ground.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>During the three days of national strike earlier this month, there were clashes between police and protesters. Police used tear gas and water cannon to break up protests. Thousands of protesters have been detained and there are protestors in critical condition in hospital. Footage shows the police firing tear gas directly into the crowds and shooting at them with both live and rubber bullets. I personally saw many protesters get injured. It was like the Black Lives Matter protests in the US – I can only hope our protests last as long. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Some protesters have been picked up by the police at their homes or union offices because of their social media activity. This is unbelievable in our democratic era. We had a big revolution in 1998 and thought we had ended Indonesia’s repressive era, but repression is happening once again. We are going back to that hardcore era where the president used violence and police to scare protesters and deter free thinking. It is affecting our mental health; we are all wiping our phones.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Our rage increases every day. In the meantime, we are filing the case to be reviewed in the constitutional court. We are also focussing on civil disobedience to push the president into revoking the law.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>More big strikes are planned for this week, to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the Widodo government. Activists and unions will continue to campaign and mobilise against this law. The Council of Global Unions, the ITF and other unions have written a letter to President Joko Widodo to revoke the law, as have many human rights organisations. We are calling for everyone to join in the national strikes. We expect global unions to support our fight to protect the rights of Indonesia workers, environments and their families.”</span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/indonesia" hreflang="en">indonesia</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/industrial-action" hreflang="en">industrial action</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/strike" hreflang="en">strike</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/workers" hreflang="en">workers</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/workers-rights" hreflang="en">worker’s rights</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--25" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Wed, 21 Oct 2020 16:08:50 +0000 dalila_m 194946 at Sentencing of Thai railway workers is brazen attack on union work and freedom of association: ITF/ITUC <span class="field-title">Sentencing of Thai railway workers is brazen attack on union work and freedom of association: ITF/ITUC</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Thai_rail.jpg?itok=XeaQYqog" width="1690" height="1268" 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, 10/21/2020 - 13:44</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span>Today’s guilty verdict handed down to 13 leaders of the State Railway Workers’ Union of Thailand (SRUT) is a gross miscarriage of justice and a brazen attack on workers’ rights. These leaders have been charged and handed three-year sentences for nothing more than rightly exposing unsafe working conditions on the Thai railway system. Efforts to make railways safer for both workers and passengers should be applauded, not prosecuted.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>These SRUT workers have been ruthlessly pursued by the State Railway of Thailand  (SRT) through the legal system for carrying out a national rail safety campaign following a fatal train derailment in October 2009 at Khao Tao Station. This has also been shadowed by a general vindictiveness on part of the authorities including the Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC).</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The SRUT leaders have been scapegoated for an accident that both The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand and an internal fact-finding investigation concluded was primarily caused by the poor maintenance and condition of the locomotive. The Thai authorities have used trumped up charges to deflect attention from their own lack of competency in ensuring safe railways.</span></span></span></span></p> <figure role="group"> <img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="147df6e7-50bf-4c46-926a-22e660f0149f" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/flowers2.jpg" /> <figcaption>Over 100 workers, activists and trade union leaders came to deliver flowers and stand in solidarity at the Bangkok Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct.</figcaption> </figure> <p><span><span><span><span>It is regrettable that the mandate of the NACC has been used to undermine legitimate trade union activities and the principles of freedom of association. Instead of needlessly ruining the lives of SRUT workers and their families, the State Railway of Thailand and the NACC should be supporting their efforts to improve rail safety. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Since November 2018, the monthly salaries of seven SRUT leaders have been deducted to pay fines of Baht 24 million (US$726,116) to SRT for the 2009 initiative they took based on the decision of the Supreme Labour Court in 2017. This is tantamount to collective punishment of the workers and their families. The SRT must now withdraw the fines and reimburse the seven SRUT leaders. They must also ensure that the SRUT leaders receive full compensation for lost wages and benefits which they have not received since their reinstatement. The ITF and ITUC will continue support the SRUT 13 and their families, as they post bail appeal this ruling.</span></span></span></span><br />  </p> <p><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>Media Contact: </span></span></strong><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>Dalila Mahdawi | +44 7702 259612 </span></span><span><span>|</span></span> <a href=""><span></span></a>   </span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Note to editors:</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span>About the ITF: </span></span></span></strong><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><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></p> <p><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span>About the ITUC: </span></span></span></strong><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span>The International Trade Union Confederation is the world's largest trade union federation. The ITUC represents 207 million workers in 163 countries and territories and has 331 national affiliates.</span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--26" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Wed, 21 Oct 2020 12:44:07 +0000 barton_linda 194944 at ITF’s new Norwegian Inspector gets crew home, paid stolen wages <span class="field-title">ITF’s new Norwegian Inspector gets crew home, paid stolen wages</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Diavlos%20Force%20webimage%20copy.png?itok=rqRSp7FO" 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, 10/14/2020 - 01:47</span> <div class="field-field_image_caption">MV Diavlos Force in harbour in Norway | Source: ITF</div> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">In August the Panama-flagged towing vessel ‘Diavlos Force’ left Piereus, Greece on a contract to transport a hull from a Romanian shipyard in the Black Sea to Norway. While on its way, the family of the ship’s crew alerted the Norwegian ITF Inspectorate that the crew on board was not paid as agreed.</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">The ITF’s new Inspector based in </span><span>Bergen</span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">, </span><span>Syver Grepstad, began working on the case.</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">“To be able to investigate the situation we established communication directly with the crew who were from Greece, Russia, the Philippines, India and Indonesia,” he said.</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">“We learned that the vessel would reach Norway in the beginning of September, after having not paid crew for a total of 6 months. Some of the crew had joined the vessel in June 2019 and would have almost 15 months on board.”</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">The inspectors handling the case alerted the </span><span>Norwegian Maritime Authority (Port State Control) </span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">based on the severe breach of the MLC regulations. On arrival to Norway, both ITF representatives and those from the Authority were waiting on the pier. The Port State Control detained the Diavlos Force due to outstanding wages of USD $238,036. </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="25d2339f-7c70-46a9-8b82-19560c6b2ac5" height="605" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/IMG_20200911_161014.jpg" width="807" /> <figcaption><em><strong>When the MV Diavlos Force arrived in Norway, ITF Inspectors were ready and waiting  | Source: ITF</strong></em></figcaption> </figure> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="733eca5e-bd17-4ae9-9bf8-b4d4a953061f" height="619" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/IMG_20200911_140346.jpg" width="826" /> <figcaption><em><strong>The MV Diavlos Force being boarded by the Norwegian Maritime Authority  | Source: ITF</strong></em></figcaption> </figure> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">The following weeks were hectic for the inspectors. To secure any value in the ship, it was arrested on behalf of the crew, in case their unpaid wages needed to come from its release or sale. Meanwhile, the inspectors were trying hard to see the crew paid and repatriated to their home countries. </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">The Greek owner told the crew of the possibility of them going home if they dropped all wage claims, something that the crew were well-advised to reject. Even though the owner claimed that he wanted to pay the crew, the money from the recent contract from Romania to Norway never reached the crew. </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">“The situation of board was getting more and more desperate,” said </span><span>Grepstad,</span><span> “since the vessel was starting to run low on fuel and provisions.”</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="634a3241-46ab-4faf-b55f-38474e9821ad" height="590" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/IMG_20200911_152004_0.jpg" width="787" /> <figcaption><em><strong>An ITF inspector checking the vessel's paperwork on board  | Source: ITF</strong></em></figcaption> </figure> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">Once more, the owner promised to remedy the situation, but once more nothing came of it.</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">With 6 months outstanding wages, a vessel running out of fuel, and no plans for repatriation; the Diavlos Force was abandoned by its owner. The ITF contacted the P&amp;I Club responsible for insuring the vessel, and were able to find a solution.</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">Less than four weeks after reaching the Norwegian coast, the crew were finally on their way home. At the same time, four months of their wages (USD $139,475) was recovered and transferred to their bank accounts.</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">Back in Norway, </span><span>Syver Grepstad</span><span> said the inspectors will continue the process of realising the value of the ship.</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">“If the owner is not able to pay the remaining claim, the vessel will be sold and the crew can expect to get more of their salaries. We will not stop fighting for them,” he said.</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="e6df9e53-0b67-448d-87a3-11a30478906c" height="608" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/IMG_20201005_142426.jpg" width="810" /> <figcaption><em><strong>The crew of the MV Diavlos Force stop for a group photo as they leave the vessel on their way home  | Source: ITF</strong></em></figcaption> </figure> <p> </p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="194dd7f0-b595-4240-b271-a5ea38e365f6" height="626" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/IMG_20201005_145233.jpg" width="834" /> <figcaption><em><strong>The crew of the MV Diavlos Force load the mini van on their way home following ITF assistance  | Source: ITF</strong></em></figcaption> </figure> <img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f42ca761-95cb-46ff-9b5d-14d38fd55b1a" height="622" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/IMG_20201005_150211.jpg" width="829" class="align-center" /> <p> </p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--27" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Wed, 14 Oct 2020 00:47:12 +0000 Rory_M 194937 at Gendered lens on new technology and Covid-19’s impact on the public transport sector needed: ITF Forum <span class="field-title">Gendered lens on new technology and Covid-19’s impact on the public transport sector needed: ITF Forum</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WomenTransportCovid_2.jpg?itok=wy8pzcjZ" width="1690" height="953" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field-uid"><span lang="" about="/en/user/232" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dalila_m</span></span> <span class="field-created">Tue, 10/13/2020 - 11:44</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span>Covid-19 is exacerbating longstanding issues for women working in the transport industry and a gendered analysis of the pandemic’s impact on the public transport sector is needed, sector representatives have said.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Exposure to gender-based violence in the workplace, safe access to sanitation facilities, automation, and the gender-segregated nature of the transport industry will continue to disproportionately impact women transport workers, said participants at an online forum organised by ITF in October. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>The forum brought together over 45 women workers in public transport to discuss the introduction of new technology in response to Covid-19 and explore the gendered impacts of automation and digitalisation in public transport. Participants included women leaders and activists from urban transport unions in Bangkok, Nairobi, Mexico City and Bogotá.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“Covid-19 has brought about an accelerated introduction of automation and other technology as part of new health and safety measures in public transport – particularly the shift to cashless payment systems. In a highly gendered sector this will hit women transport workers the hardest,” said Wol-san, Vice-Chair of the Urban Transport Committee and the forum’s chair. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Reports included now only having one worker where previously there would have been up to five workers selling tickets. Often found in customer-facing roles, women are also at greater risk of being exposed to Covid-19 while helping passengers with machines due to inadequate personal protective equipment, or of being subjected to public anger when technology fails.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“The future of work will become even more pressing as the transport industry adapts to the new reality of the pandemic, which risks further disadvantaging women in the sector. It’s crucial employers and unions take action to protect and enhance women transport workers’ rights,” said Wol-san.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><a href="">A 2019 ITF report</a> highlighted how women’s jobs in transport are more likely to be vulnerable to the impacts of automation and digitalisation. For example, new technology is reducing roles, either partially or completely, that women dominate in the passenger transport industry, such as ticket sales and customer service roles. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>In the context of Covid-19, the forum reviewed the demands on automation developed in 2019 as part of skills development workshops with unions in <a href="">Bangkok</a>, Bogota and <a href="">Mexico City</a>. The union demands relating to automation focus on three key aspects highlighted in the key findings of the ITF report, namely: </span></span></p> <p><span><span>- relocation agreements<br /> - training and skills<br /> - health and safety</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Participants highlighted positive developments where unions have successfully negotiated protections or expanded opportunities for women workers. In Mexico City, for example, women are being redeployed and retrained for other roles, and there are opportunities for women as drivers in the new electric articulated trolleybus system. Meanwhile in Nairobi negotiations are taking place to maintain women’s employment with the introduction of cashless payment systems. Following the introduction of new ticket machines in Bangkok in the bus sector, the union has submitted demands to management to protect women’s employment through training for women to access new roles in the sector. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>The forum, funded by <a href="">Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung</a> (FES), is part of the final stage of the ITF/FES project on ‘Future of work and new developments for women in public transport: strengthening unions to deliver just transition.’ The project aims to develop an analysis on the impact of automation and digitalisation on the future of work for women, and to build the knowledge and skills of ITF unions and women as leaders to influence these new developments.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>The ITF has identified <a href="">nine key areas for action</a> by employers, governments and investors for women transport workers in the Covid-19 response and recovery. ITF’s <a href="">People’s Public Transport Policy</a> meanwhile provides a vision for a social model of public transport.</span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/automation" hreflang="en">automation</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/covid-19" hreflang="en">covid-19</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/digitalisation" hreflang="en">digitalisation</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/future-work" hreflang="en">future of work</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/public-transport" hreflang="en">public transport</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/women" hreflang="en">women</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--28" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Tue, 13 Oct 2020 10:44:15 +0000 dalila_m 194941 at World Day for Decent Work 2020: Raising youth voices <span class="field-title">World Day for Decent Work 2020: Raising youth voices </span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WhatsApp%20Image%202020-10-06%20at%2008.47.39.jpeg?itok=3SqLR901" 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">Wed, 10/07/2020 - 14:32</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span>On the World Day for Decent Work, young transport workers are speaking out about the urgent need to confront youth unemployment and job insecurity. The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on young workers’ employment, incomes, training, and social protection have been catastrophic, and today young transport workers are raising their voices to demand that global economic recovery efforts prioritise youth.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Young workers have experienced staggering job losses and cuts to pay and conditions during the pandemic, and more than 70 per cent of youth have faced disruptions to their education and training.&nbsp;</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The employment outlook for young workers was already precarious before the Covid-19 crisis. The ILO’s pre-Covid-19 global labour market overview showed that only 41 per cent of the global youth population were included in the labour force and that 30 per cent of employed youth remained in extreme or moderate poverty. The most recent ILO monitoring report shows that one in six young workers have stopped working since the pandemic, while 42 per cent of those still in employment have seen their incomes reduced.&nbsp;</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Covid-19 has further illuminated the critical vulnerabilities of the youth workforce, increasingly engaged in underpaid and under-protected jobs due to precarious employment relationships, hazardous living conditions, unsafe workplaces, and discrimination.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>This year’s World Day for Decent Work offers an opportunity for us to unite together as a global trade union movement. The rights of workers are under threat across the world in a time when governments should be doing everything in their power to support workers. Unions in many countries are fighting against privatisation efforts, anti-worker legislation and negligent oversight that has allowed employers to exploit this crisis for their own benefit.&nbsp;</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>During our recent Young Aviation Workers’ Summer School, union activists denounced the shameful behaviour of UK flag carrier British Airways, who threatened to fire their entire workforce and rehire them under significantly worse working conditions, before backtracking due to a union-led public pressure campaign. Young workers are particularly vulnerable to these attacks due to the relatively short length of their tenure and their overrepresentation in precarious employment contracts.&nbsp;</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>We insist that young workers must not be left behind. Today we call on all young workers to demand that governments and employers act to protect the futures of young workers and generations to come. With the right support, youth can be catalysts for a global economic recovery. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Join us in calling for global action to create and protect quality job opportunities for youth and all workers.&nbsp;This is trade union business.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>For latest updates make sure to check out our social media channels and share your own updates with hashtags #WDDW #DecentWork #COVID19.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Related links:</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><a href=""><span>Young transport workers demand urgent intervention</span></a></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><a href=""><span>Young aviation workers organising for a post-Covid-19 future</span></a></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><a href=""><span>Young transport workers mark International Youth Day 2020</span></a></span></span></span></p> <p><iframe allow="autoplay" class="wakeletEmbed" height="760px" src="" style="border: none" width="100%"></iframe><!-- Please only call once per page --><script src="" charset="UTF-8"></script></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--29" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Wed, 07 Oct 2020 13:32:31 +0000 barton_linda 194928 at Report: XPO exposed for unsafe Covid-19 response, global worker abuses <span class="field-title">Report: XPO exposed for unsafe Covid-19 response, global worker abuses</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/XPO%20report%20global%20v1.jpg?itok=neDN31vV" 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">Wed, 10/07/2020 - 11:49</span> <div class="field-body"><p><strong><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>Workers at XPO Logistics report unsafe working conditions, wage theft, misclassification and dangerous pandemic response in analysis of company’s operations in more than six countries</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>XPO Logistics, a major logistics company that </span></span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">Amazon, Ikea, Nestle, Walmart <span>and other popular retailers have relied on to service customers worldwide throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, has been putting its global workforce at heightened risk of contracting and spreading the virus, says a new report released today by an international coalition of labour groups. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>XPO Logistics markets itself as a global leader in providing transport, logistics and last mile delivery services. It provides these services to internationally-recognised companies, including Amazon, ASOS, Coca-Cola, Home Depot, IKEA, Nestle, Peloton, Starbucks, Target, Verizon and Walmart. </span></span><a href=""><span><span><span>XPO operates in 30 countries with 97,000 employees</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span> and 1,506 locations. XPO</span></span><a href=",with%20%24390%20million%20for%202018."> </a><a href=",with%20%24390%20million%20for%202018."><span><span><span>reported more than $16 billion in total revenue</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span> in 2019, and its billionaire CEO, Bradley Jacobs, made $26 million the same year.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>The report is the first to examine the logistics company's treatment of thousands of workers worldwide. In addition to revealing a negligent Covid-19 response and deadly outbreaks in its facilities, the report details how XPO subjects its employees to wage theft and exploitation, hazardous work environments riddled with health and safety violations, pregnancy and gender discrimination, sexual harassment and extreme anti-union tactics.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>“Deaths. Discrimination. Wage theft. Sexual Harassment. Health and safety violations. COVID-19 exposure. The list of allegations that XPO has to answer goes on and on, crossing borders to countries spanning the globe,” said Stephen Cotton, General Secretary at International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF). </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>“XPO may be under the radar, but its far-reaching human rights abuses must be exposed. XPO’s workers are risking it all during the pandemic with little support from the executives who are profiting off the backs of their labour. As a global union community we will<strong> </strong>hold XPO and its customers responsible for the health and safety of its workforce,” said Cotton. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">The XPO Global Union Family – composed of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), <span>and including </span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>unions representing workers in countries where XPO has its biggest operations</span></span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"> – compiled the report after years of trying to work with XPO to improve its working conditions and as the pandemic raised concerns about the company’s lack of protections for workers. The report is based on surveys of and interviews with employees, financial disclosures from the company and news reports.</span></span></span></span><br />  </p> <h3><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">Summary of key findings</span></strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><br /> <span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">Failed COVID-19 response</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">Many well-known brands that have allowed people to stay at home comfortably and safely have gotten public scrutiny for their COVID-19 response. XPO, whose essential workforce has helped keep these companies operating, has stayed under the radar while putting its employees at risk. Across the globe, employees cite inadequate access to PPE and a lack of basic cleaning and social distancing measures.</span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>In the United Kingdom, workers were "terrified" after</span></span><a href=""> </a><a href=""><span><span><span>64 workers contracted COVID-19</span></span></span></a> <span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>at an XPO facility in Swindon in July and the company refused to quarantine the facility. At an XPO/ASOS facility in Barnsley with 4,000 employees, 98% of respondents to a survey said they felt unsafe at work. It took nine workers testing positive for COVID-19 in May for the company to close</span></span><a href=""> </a><a href=""><span><span><span>down the facility for a deep cleaning</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>. </span></span>  </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>In Fleury-Mérogis, France, an XPO warehouse worker died of COVID-19, leaving behind a husband and two children. Workers at the facility removed their labor in March, expressing concerns over a lack of proper PPE and demanded the company ensure physical distancing.</span></span></span> <span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>The withdrawal of labor forced the<span> company to introduce temperature checks and increased cleaning. In May, the company paid the deceased worker’s husband 15,000 euros</span></span></span><a href=""> </a><a href=""><span><span><span>in what he believes was an attempt to keep him quiet.</span></span></span></a>       </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>In the U.S., a national survey of XPO workers showed that 60% of respondents said they felt unsafe at work. XPO drivers at a facility in Kansas City, Kansas, also made </span></span><a href=""><span><span><span>headlines in April</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>, raising concerns about the lack of cleaning of shared equipment, such as trucks and forklifts, and a failure to enforce social distancing in company break rooms.</span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">“Even after our manager tested positive for COVID-19, there aren’t morning temperature checks, mask wearing hasn’t been enforced, and we don’t have cleaning products to sanitise shared trucks,” said Bryon Wilkinson, a Pennsylvania-based XPO freight driver who delivers shipments to Walmart and Sam’s Club. “I worry about contracting COVID-19 every time I step into my truck, especially since my wife works in a nursing home and I’m high-risk. Y<span>our Amazon Prime packages arrive on time and your Walmart has toilet paper and hand sanitiser because of XPO workers. We are out there delivering goods to help people get through this crisis, and XPO can’t deliver basic protections for those of us risking it all.” </span></span>  </span></span></span></p> <p><br /> <span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>Wage theft and exploitation through the misclassification of workers</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>Misclassification of truck drivers at XPO is rampant in the U.S. and Europe. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>In California, where the company’s practice of misclassifying truck drivers is widespread, XPO uses a mobile app for drivers to bid on work and classifies them as subcontractors, similar to the models used by Uber and Lyft. Misclassified drivers </span></span><a href=""><span><span><span>struggle with extreme poverty and homelessness</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span> because of the company’s policies. They do not have access to paid sick leave, health insurance or other basic assurances that are particularly critical during the pandemic. Drivers have reported that if they get sick, their contracts are terminated and they are fired.</span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>In Europe, the company exploits workers and skirts minimum wage laws through a subcontracting scheme: a company contracts transport to XPO; XPO contracts it to a French subcontractor as one example; and the French subcontractor then subcontracts again to a company in an Eastern European country. In this example, despite transporting goods primarily from France to the U.K., workers are paid, for example, Lithuanian wages, and forced to live in their trucks for months on end as their employers ignore their pleas to return home. </span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span>One Russian driver who works for a Lithuanian company that does ad-hoc transportation for XPO and carries out domestic transport in France for a company sub-contracted by XPO said he receives only 50 euro per day despite driving in France and receiving a fraudulent French document from his employer stating he earns 10.3 euro per hour. This driver and others in XPO’s subcontractor network are on the road for many months and live – illegally and out of necessity due to low pay – in their truck cabins.</span></li> </ul> <p><br /> <span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>Health and safety violations create dangerous work environments</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>In the U.S., at least three XPO workers have died at work in shocking incidents. In Europe there have been numerous complaints about horrifying working conditions for warehouse workers and drivers. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>In 2017, Linda Neal, an XPO worker at a Verizon warehouse in Memphis,</span></span><a href=""> </a><a href=""><span><span><span>passed away from cardiac arrest on the floor of the warehouse</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>, where workers had complained about overheating and horrendous working conditions. </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>In 2018, in Buffalo, New York, federal regulators imposed the maximum allowable fine on XPO</span></span><a href=""> </a><a href=""><span><span><span>after two workers were crushed to death</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span> by over 3629 kg of countertop material.</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>Workers at the XPO/ASOS facility in the U.K. raised complaints about timed bathroom breaks, invasive security checks and exhausting production targets. </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>XPO employees at a facility in Guadalajara, Spain said they felt unsafe at work for various reasons, including machinery and the warehouse in disrepair, a failure to provide proper health and safety training, and a failure to act when safety hazards are identified. </span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><br /> <span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>Rampant pregnancy discrimination, gender discrimination and sexual harassment</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>XPO enables a toxic workplace culture globally of gender and pregnancy discrimination and sexual harassment. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>A 2018</span></span></span><a href=""> </a><a href=""><span><span><span>New York Times exposé</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span> told the stories of multiple women who miscarried and were subjected to horrific pregnancy discrimination at a Memphis XPO/Verizon warehouse. One of the women was told to get an abortion by her supervisor. When they complained about the lack of air conditioning in the overheated facility and requested jobs with less heavy lifting, the company refused to accommodate them.</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>A FeSMC-UGT (Spain) report found that in XPO warehouses in Guadalajara women were paid less than men, denied the same opportunities for promotion as men, and women who became pregnant did not have their temporary work contracts renewed.</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>In Italy, XPO has failed to produce</span></span><a href=""> </a><a href=""><span><span><span>a legally required equality report</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>. </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>In the U.K., the</span></span><a href=""> </a><a href=""><span><span><span>2019 XPO UK Gender Pay Gap</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span> report admitted to a significant increase in the gender pay gap for the company’s supply chain and bulk operations, the latter reaching a 29% difference between men and women.</span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><br /> <span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>Widespread anti-union tactics</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>XPO Logistics maintains an aggressive anti-union stance in the U.S., while workers in Spain with union affiliation have been discriminated against and workers in Switzerland denied legal rights to collectively bargain: </span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>According to Lafe Solomon, a former acting general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), between 2014 and 2018, workers </span></span></span></span></span>i<span>n the U.S., workers have filed a total of 120 unfair labor practice (ULP) charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against XPO. A</span><a href=""><span><span> </span></span>2018 report from Lafe Solomon</a><span>, a former acting general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), states that ULP charges allege that XPO has violated the National Labor Relations Act.  </span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>In four U.S. facilities where workers voted to form a union, XPO unlawfully withheld annual wage increases while giving them to non-union employees in other facilities. XPO subsequently paid over $500,000 in back pay to these workers.</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>Union members in Spain have reported being overlooked for promotions, kept on insecure contracts (instead of being converted to permanency), and have had their hours restricted. </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>In Switzerland,</span></span><a href=""> </a><a href=""><span><span><span>the company refused to meet and negotiate</span></span></span></a> <span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>with union representatives about workers participating in collective bargaining until the workers went on strike for three weeks. </span></span> </span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><br /> <span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>A blueprint to stop rampant worker abuse </span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>The report authors outline actions XPO can take to provide safe working environments for employees and set new safety standards for the logistics industry as it navigates the COVID-19 pandemic. They are calling on XPO to:</span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>Respond to invitations to meet with the XPO Global Union Family to discuss, negotiate and establish labor protocols to protect workers’ rights at the global level, including agreement to research, design and implement gender action programs to ensure gender equality and women’s empowerment in XPO workplaces;</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>Set up a global health and safety forum with unions to form joint working groups to support workers during the COVID-19 crisis and other serious health and safety issues;</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>Ensure adequate protections, including adjustment of work schedules, with no loss of earnings for vulnerable and at-risk workers;</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>Engage in good faith with the local unions on the ground in every country in which it operates and end its anti-union culture.</span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>For more information contact</span></span></strong><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>: +44 (0) 7770 728 229 or <a href=""></a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>The XPO Global Union Family is led by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and includes </span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>unions representing workers in countries where XPO has its biggest operations. Members of the network include: ABVV-BTB; ACV-CSC Transcom; CGT Transports; FeSMC-UGT; FGTE-CFDT; GMB; International Brotherhood of Teamsters; Uiltrasporti; Unia; Unite the Unite; and UNSA Transport</span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">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></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--30" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Wed, 07 Oct 2020 10:49:28 +0000 barton_linda 194934 at ITF railway section supports public ownership and democratic control for UK railways <span class="field-title">ITF railway section supports public ownership and democratic control for UK railways</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Picture2.png?itok=SxVVKC2A" width="1690" height="898" 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, 10/06/2020 - 09:46</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>The ITF’s railway section supports calls by British unions for the <a href="">government</a> to go further still. The UK must end its 26-year failed experiment with rail privatisation and <span>bring all rail franchises into public ownership once and for all.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">In many countries, privatisation and the restructuring of rail transport has continued apace over the last decade. Almost without exception, transport unions around the world report a severe deterioration in working conditions as a result. Evidence shows that services have also deteriorated in quality and reliability. This is because the profit-motive has been allowed to supersede the fundamental public sector ethos of serving public need.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Our experiences show that the consequences of rail privatisation, liberalisation and fragmentation are attacks on rail safety, pay, working conditions, pensions, collective bargaining and democratic accountability. This also leads to more expensive, less efficient railway systems, where profit comes before the needs of the community. The last ITF Congress in 2018 reaffirmed the 2016 Railway Section Conference commitment to ending privatisation and putting railways back under public control.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">David Gobé, ITF Railway Chair, said: “The railway must be reinvented to meet the challenges of our century, both the needs of passengers and with working conditions worthy of the 21st Century. British workers have the know-how, and they now have a unique opportunity to reanimate the country’s railways after experiencing the worst of privatisation. The path of nationalisation is obvious, it is necessary, and it can be built by involving political representatives, trade unions, workers and employers’ associations.“</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Well-planned, publicly-owned networks, accountable to the public through democratic structures, offer the best opportunity to develop and strengthen public transport networks.  The ITF also knows that properly-funded, publicly-owned transport systems offer the best opportunities for good conditions and stability of employment. Only with public ownership and democratic control can the economic, social and environmental benefits of rail services be guaranteed.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">We are not just transport workers – above all we are transport users, and so are our partners, our children, our families and our friends. The need for government bailouts during the Covid-19 crisis has further proven that private companies have no place in a railway fit for the future. We cannot accept that railway profits are privatised while losses are nationalised.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Given the nature of railways as an important part of a country’s infrastructure and a natural monopoly, they should be publicly owned and operated so that quality services can be guaranteed during times of both crisis and calm. The purpose should be to provide society with  high-quality passenger services at affordable prices and provide fast and efficient freight transport for industry and commerce. Such a vital sector must put people before profit at all times.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>David Gobé, ITF Railway Chair</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Noel Coard, ITF Inland Transport Secretary</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alana Dave, ITF Urban Transport Director</span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/nationalisation" hreflang="en">nationalisation</a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/public-transport" hreflang="en">public transport</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--31" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Tue, 06 Oct 2020 08:46:48 +0000 james_b 194930 at ITF and JNG Joint Statement: On Seafarers’ Rights and the Present Crew Change Crisis <span class="field-title">ITF and JNG Joint Statement: On Seafarers’ Rights and the Present Crew Change Crisis</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/JNG%20ITF%20Joint%20Statement%20WebImage%20copy.png?itok=Py35Miva" 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, 10/05/2020 - 09:41</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Our industry is responsible for 90% of global trade. Historically, we have been critical to the development of national economies and global prosperity. We remain the lifeblood of the global economy and key to the future recovery, including the jobs of billions of people, as the world responds to Covid-19.</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>But, as an industry, we can only help move the world forward from this pandemic, and continue to </span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>transport the world’s vital goods, if working conditions on ships comply with international maritime regulations. That’s because these regulations guarantee the health, safety, security and welfare of the heart of our industry: the world’s seafarers.</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>Seafarers need an industry that values them, their contribution, and their human rights. Seafarers need free, fair and safe workplaces.</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 maritime employers who are members of the Joint Negotiating Group have worked tirelessly to facilitate crew changes at great financial cost, yet, over 400,000 seafarers remain stranded working on vessels, forced to extend their tours of duty due to border and travel restrictions imposed by many governments around the world, as well as the scarce availability of international flights brought about by the pandemic.</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"><span>We are uniting to call for ship owners, charterers, management companies, manning agents, hiring partners and all other stakeholders to commit to not applying pressure on seafarers or coercing them in any way to extend their contracts. Neither should they deny seafarers the ability to exercise </span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>their human right to stop working, leave ships, and return home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>IMEC Chairman Capt Belal Ahmed said “It is important that seafarers are not disadvantaged for merely standing up for themselves when they have completed their contracts and are mentally and physically not ready to continue to work safely.”</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"><span>We urgently call for cargo owners/operators, charterers and brokers to agree charter party agreements that allow flexibility for ship owners/managers to divert ships and call in ports where crew change is possible, without imposing penalties.  </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 ITF’s General Secretary, Stephen Cotton said the federation and its affiliates were urging all stakeholders in the industry to take responsibility for supporting crew change wherever they could.</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>“Seafarers have a real fear that if they speak or stand up that their careers could be over. Fear of blacklisting prevents them from enforcing their own worker and human rights. Given the mental and physical fatigue caused by extended time on board, it is more important than ever during this crew change crisis that seafarers are able to speak up. We will be coming down hard on anyone in the industry who think they can get away with targeting seafarers who use their rights to reject contract extensions. Our industry is better than that,” said Cotton.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>It is the responsibility and duty of all maritime stakeholders to highlight the dire situation faced by seafarers. Most importantly, however, it is the responsibility of the international leaders to acknowledge the dedication and efforts of seafarers in this unprecedented pandemic, and accept that their plight can no longer be ignored.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /> <br />  </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>Stephen Cotton                                                                          Belal Ahmed     </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>General Secretary                                                                      Chairman</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>International Transport Workers' Federation                              IMEC</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--32" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Mon, 05 Oct 2020 08:41:08 +0000 Rory_M 194927 at ITF Civil Aviation ensures new ICAO guidance puts aviation workers and seafarers first <span class="field-title">ITF Civil Aviation ensures new ICAO guidance puts aviation workers and seafarers first</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/ICAO%20v1.jpg?itok=202CeDZb" 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">Thu, 10/01/2020 - 17:59</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span>The ITF have advocated for new guidance to governments from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) prioritising aviation workers’ and passengers’ safety while pushing airlines to do more on the worsening crew change crisis affecting seafarers.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Gabriel Mocho Rodriguez, Section Secretary of ITF Civil Aviation outlined how the new guidance would improve the safety of aviation workers and contribute to a safe restart to global passenger operations.</span></span></p> <blockquote> <p><span><span>As the aviation industry has almost come to a complete halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak, it is essential to find a way in which we can resume a manageable level of passenger traffic, taking into consideration public health requirements necessary to control the pandemic.”</span></span></p> </blockquote> <p><span><span>“This is the reason why the <a href="">Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and Management of Public Health Events in Civil Aviation</a> (CAPSCA) programme has developed a strategy known as the ‘Public Health Corridor Concept.’ We welcome the fact that the new ICAO guidance has such a strong emphasis on the health of cabin crew and passengers, while also supporting elements required for the safe and efficient travel of seafarers returning to and from home.”</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“The strategy describes how to manage essential flights that would ‎allow aircraft and crew to work with minimal additional burdens ‎while maintaining flight safety and preventing the transmission of Covid-19.” </span></span></p> <p><span><span>“Key elements include the implementation of operational and health measures, as well as disinfection and ‎segregation procedures. This is so we can ensure that people carrying Covid-19 will not be allowed on flights.”</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“We have been actively attending all meetings and activities to give a voice to the needs of aviation workers and to support seafarers and other key workers in these considerations,” said Mocho Rodriguez.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>The new guidance covers four kinds of flights:</span></span></p> <p><span><span>(1) Repatriation flights</span></span></p> <p><span><span>(2) Seafarer changeover flights</span></span></p> <p><span><span>(3) Flights requiring cabin crew on-board; and </span></span></p> <p><span><span>(4) Flights carrying passengers on-board.</span></span><br /> <br /> <span><span>Mocho Rodriguez said the ITF supported to have seafarers included as one of the ‘four pillars,’ considering that there are now more than 400,000 seafarers estimated to be trapped working aboard vessels. He said lack of flights remains a serious problem, and the new guidance provides an outline of how repatriation and changeover flights can be done safely and efficiently.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“This guidance will help governments to facilitate seafarer changeovers, helping to alleviate the suffering of thousands of seafarers trapped working aboard vessels,” he said. “It will also support those seafarers waiting to join ships at home to get onto those ships and start earning wages again.”  </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Mocho Rodriguez said the ICAO guidance also emphasises the need to ensure adequate training and proficiency checking of frontline aviation workers for the commencement of operations following extended periods of reduced flying, pointing out that failure to do so could have grave consequences. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Going forward, he said the ITF would be heavily involved in ensuring any new protocols guard cabin crew and passenger safety while looking out for seafarers’ crew change needs. </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> <section id="node-news-field-comment--33" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Thu, 01 Oct 2020 16:59:26 +0000 barton_linda 194925 at Australian wharfies’ rights must be respected – ITF <span class="field-title">Australian wharfies’ rights must be respected – ITF</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Botany%20Web%20Image%20copy.png?itok=Aj0IoNn4" 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, 09/30/2020 - 23:35</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has intervened in the emerging industrial dispute between Patrick Stevedores and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) to remind Patrick, a number of international shipping companies, and even the Australian government, that they are undermining the human rights of the port workers to collectively bargain for a fair industrial agreement.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Patrick should accept MUA ‘olive branch’ and end conflict</span></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"><span>ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton said the global union federation was increasingly concerned at the rhetoric emanating from of the Australian government, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison this week threatened to send troops to break the port workers’ legal industrial action and deny them their rights under Australian legislation and international law.</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>“We have a situation where these dock workers have followed the letter of the law. They have worked round-the-clock to keep supply chains flowing during this pandemic and keep shelves stocked. Now it comes time for these workers to stand up to stop their employer’s deep cuts to their workplace conditions, and they have their own government piling on against them, frankly, in an hysterical and anti-democratic manner.”</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>"As I understand it, the MUA has not once, but three times now, offered to roll over the existing agreement to avoid unnecessary conflict at a difficult time for Australia and the world,” said Cotton.</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>Cotton said the MUA had worked hard to ensure the dispute did not adversely affect the Australian people, “the same people that these dockers have proudly kept supplied through the pandemic”. On 2 September 2020, the MUA wrote to Patrick requesting measures to ensure medical supplies could make it through any protected industrial action.</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>“More than a fortnight ago, the MUA offered to suspend all industrial action at Patrick terminals if the company would suspend its attempts to strip away existing workplace conditions and resume meaningful negotiations. The company rejected this offer.”</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 is clear to international observers that while the MUA is extending olive branches, Patrick Stevedores and their allies in the Morrison government are intent on escalating this conflict as part of Patrick’s plot to slash the wages and conditions of these essential workers.”</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 appears that Patrick Stevedores is attempting to manufacture a crisis at Port Botany, so that the company can advance its plans to slash 30 pages of workplace conditions.”</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>“This dispute carries the long shadow of the 1998 Waterfront Dispute when a previous Liberal Party government supported the covert training of a strike-breaking workforce and Liberal ministers used their platforms to demonise dockers and their families.”</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>"Let us be extremely clear: the international union movement will not idly stand by and allow a repeat of what was attempted in 1998. We will use all our global strength and extensive networks to defend the rights of these Australian workers, even if the Australian government will not,” said Cotton.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Global shipping lines put on notice</span></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"><span>ITF Maritime Coordinator Jacqueline Smith said the ITF would be having conversations with at least two major international shipping companies whom the federation believes have involved themselves in the dispute on the side of the port company.</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>“We understand that ships have been needlessly diverted from Botany to other Australian ports, despite there not being any industrial action taking place intended to slow down or stop cargo,” said Smith.</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>“There is a risk that these companies could create the false impression that the dockers of Port Botany are somehow responsible for the companies’ decisions to divert their ships. The dockers are not responsible.”</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>“We encourage all companies in the maritime sector to uphold workers’ fundamental rights to collectively bargain and defend their hard-fought workplace conditions: on and off the water. Conduct by shipping companies which suggests that they may be supporting one side or the other undermines the reputation of these companies in a significant and irreparable way,” said Smith.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Dockers solidarity to stop ‘virus-like’ pay cuts from spreading</span></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"><span>ITF Dockers’ Section Coordinator, Enrico Tortolano, said that dockers’ unions across the world were now getting prepared to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the MUA.</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 ITF Dockers’ family throughout the world will do everything we can to prevent an industrial hatchet job on our Port Botany sisters and brothers,” said Tortolano.</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 is very telling that Patrick Stevedores have so far been unwilling to roll over the existing contract and instead are demanding big cuts to the workers’ conditions.”</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>“For the best part of a century, dock workers have been the front line of bringing all working people better wages and conditions. It seems now, in the midst of this pandemic, that dockers are once more asked to hold the line and stop wage and condition cuts from spreading like a virus through society,” said Tortolano.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></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--34" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Wed, 30 Sep 2020 22:35:28 +0000 Rory_M 194924 at “Help us. No food. No salary”: Abandoned Vietnamese seafarers finally home with union support <span class="field-title">“Help us. No food. No salary”: Abandoned Vietnamese seafarers finally home with union support</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/MV-Viet-Tin-01_webimage.png?itok=t6X8zlFc" 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, 09/30/2020 - 10:51</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>It was an image that shocked many. A ship with the desperate scrawls of a desperate crew scribbled across the hull of what had become their floating prison, as the tanker bobbed aimlessly in the warm waters of the South China Sea.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Now, after at least two months of anxious waiting for flights and government permissions, the Vietnamese crew of the MV Viet Tin 01 are finally home with union support.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The case of the 12 seafarers onboard the Viet Tin 01 came to the attention of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and its local affiliate, the National Union of Seafarers Peninsular Malaysia (NUSPM), in June.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>NUSPM Executive Secretary Ikmal Azam Thanaraj Abdullah said that the ship had been abandoned by its Vietnamese owner, leaving the crew stranded off the coast of Malaysia without food, water or fuel.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“The lack of fuel alone left the crew without cooling in the soaring daytime heat, and without critical navigational lights during the nights,” said Ikmal Azam Thanaraj Abdullah.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ikmal Azam Thanaraj Abdullah said that when the NUSPM heard of the crew’s plight began providing food and fresh water, and there was a contribution from the Vietnamese embassy in Kuala Lumpur.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“The crew were in a terrible state. They were thirsty, hungry, and in great risk of being hurt or drowned if another vessel collided with them while they slept due to the lack of lighting onboard. This was an accident waiting to happen for the stricken crew on board.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6503f266-c7a7-49eb-b56a-486053addbbe" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/V2.jpg" /> <figcaption><em>On 23 June, ITF affiliate union NUSPM visited the vessel and supplied the crew with provisions.</em></figcaption> </figure> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Working with the Malaysia Maritime Department and the relevant agent, we were able to get clearance to bring the crew onshore. Covid-19 test were conducted and the results were all are negative.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The ITF’s Asia/Pacific Contact Network coordinator and Hong Kong-based Inspector, Jason Lam, said that the ITF assisted when the crew came ashore.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“When we got them ashore in early September, we addressed their immediate welfare needs,” said Lam.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lam said that a shipowner would typically cover the cost of repatriation, including accommodation and food, while seafarers waited to board flights home at the end of their contracts. But in cases of abandonment, the shipowner reneges on this responsibility, and crew are left to find the money needed to pay for these essential costs. This is made even more difficult because employers often stop paying the crew their wages for months before they finally abandon the ship, he said.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lam explains “Firstly it was the Covid-19 pandemic followed by the issue of a new owner of the ship employing the crew. The deal did not go through in the end, and the crew was left without a responsible party. The ship was again put up for sale, but, that too did not eventuate.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The ITF covered the costs of the seafarers’ accommodation and meals.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“That’s where the ITF was very helpful,” said Lam, “We were able put the crew up in a hotel in the southern Malaysian city of Johor Bahru for a number of weeks while everyone was trying to find a solution to get them paid and get them home.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The crew returned to Vietnam earlier this month.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>As for their wages, Ikmal Azam Thanaraj Abdullah from NUSPM said  “The crew were very happy, but the only thing is they did not get their salary yet. The ship might be sold as scrap, and from the proceeds they might be able to recover a portion of their salary.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Reflecting on the case from Hong Kong, Lam said the 12 Vietnamese seafarers are just the latest group in the Asia region to be unfortunate enough to experience what the organisation calls a ‘rising tide’ of abandonment cases.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Whether it is happening in the Arab World, or the Indian Ocean or here in Asia – abandonment cases are becoming more common because ship owners do not want to pay the cost of getting seafarers home and replacing them with crew during the crew change crisis. ‘It’s too hard’,’ ‘it’s too expensive’, they say. Crew are paying the cost for that attitude. These owners should be ashamed,” said Lam.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/crew-change-crisis" hreflang="en">crew change crisis</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--35" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Wed, 30 Sep 2020 09:51:38 +0000 Rory_M 194923 at Domestic violence is a workplace issue says ground-breaking Indian study <span class="field-title">Domestic violence is a workplace issue says ground-breaking Indian study</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/seven.jpg?itok=GtfkXhTW" 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">Tue, 09/29/2020 - 13:45</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span>Report launched by Indian transport unions along with other Indian unions today gives an unprecedented view of how <a href="">domestic violence impacts the working lives of women workers in India</a>, and how experiences of domestic violence extend directly into their work and workplaces.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>The study provides the first comprehensive investigation of the impacts of domestic violence in the workplace in India based on survey data from 15,561 workers from across India’s transport and other sectors, 98% of which were women. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>The report’s findings show that domestic violence is a problem for a significant number of working women, and reveals how experiences of domestic violence extend directly into the workplace. </span></span></p> <blockquote> <p><span><span>75% of women who responded to this survey reported direct or indirect experiences of domestic violence in their lifetime, with 9 out of 10 women saying that personal experiences of domestic violence affected their ability to work,” said Sheela Naikwade, Vice President of Maharashtra State Transport Kamgar Sanghatana (MSTKS). </span></span></p> </blockquote> <p><span><span>“This study itself has already been instrumental for breaking stigma and starting the discussion about domestic violence for women working in transport and other sectors. The report’s findings are clear, domestic violence is a workplace issue, and it’s time that governments, employers, unions and civil society organisations establish proactive practices, agreements and legislation to address the impact of domestic violence at work.”</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“These findings must drive awareness to the issue, drive change in social norms around toxic-masculinity, and importantly be a catalyst for employer and trade union action, as well as changes to national laws and legislation to eliminate domestic violence and mitigate its impacts in the workplace,” said Naikwade.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Pratibha Gajbhiye from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences 'Malha kai bolaicha aahe' Helpline said that, “With the sudden surge in domestic violence that we have seen during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the many women contacting the helpline for support, this report comes at a very significant time.”</span></span></p> <p><span><span>The report highlights the alarming prevalence of domestic violence experienced by women workers in India, the detrimental impact that those experiences have on workers and their colleagues, the discrimination directed at those who report abuse by employers as well as strong calls for support from governments to prevent and address domestic violence.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Key findings include:</span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><strong>47%</strong> of respondents reported <strong>direct experience</strong> of domestic violence. </span></span></li> <li><span><span><strong>24%</strong> of respondents reported <strong>direct experience</strong> of domestic violence in the<strong> past 12 months</strong>. </span></span></li> <li><span><span><strong>26%</strong> of respondents reported <strong>knowing someone at work</strong> who has experienced domestic violence.</span></span></li> <li><span><span><strong>92%</strong> of respondents reported that experiences of domestic violence <strong>affected their ability to work</strong>.</span></span></li> <li><span><span><strong>77%</strong> of respondents reported <strong>discrimination from their employer</strong> after reporting their experiences of domestic violence.</span></span></li> <li><span><span><strong>23%</strong> of respondents reported <strong>losing their job</strong> because of their experiences with domestic violence.</span></span></li> <li><span><span><strong>74%</strong> of respondents reported that <strong>workplace support</strong> – such as paid leave, education, training and safety policies– can reduce the effects of domestic violence on workers’ work lives.</span></span></li> <li><span><span><strong>87%</strong> of respondents reported that <strong>governments should implement laws</strong> to prevent and address domestic violence.</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span>The groundbreaking study was conducted by Indian transport unions (listed below) along with other sectors’ unions (Education, health workers, domestic workers and Construction/ daily wage workers) and supported by researchers at the Centre for Research &amp; Education (CREVAWC) at Western University in partnership with the Domestic Violence at Work Network and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“The ITF is extremely proud of women union leaders in India who have led this work. This study leaves no doubt that domestic violence is a problem for many working women in the transport industry. The numbers are alarming, the personal toll is alarming, and so too is the pervasiveness of that violence into the workplace”, said ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“For all of our sisters, brothers and friends in the global trade union movement, we must recognise and prioritise domestic violence, it is a union issue, it is a workplace issue, and we must continue to raise awareness and campaign to eliminate violence against women.” </span></span></p> <p><span><span>“Governments, employers, the challenge is now for you to listen to the thousands of women who responded to this survey and engage with unions and civil society to take action”, said Cotton. </span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><strong>Coalition of Indian unions who conducted research:</strong></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span>Maharashtra State Transport Kamgar Sanghatana (MSTKS)</span></span></li> <li><span><span>All India Railwaymen's Federation (AIRF)</span></span></li> <li><span><span>National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR)</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Mumbai Port Trust, Dock &amp; General Employees’ Union</span></span></li> <li><span><span>National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI)</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Madras Port Trust Employees' Union</span></span></li> </ul></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--36" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Tue, 29 Sep 2020 12:45:49 +0000 barton_linda 194922 at Beyond the limit of safe shipping - ITF General Secretary’s UN address <span class="field-title">Beyond the limit of safe shipping - ITF General Secretary’s UN address</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/f0793831-a97e-47e8-b6bf-9de7b7f8b49a.JPG?itok=q2CEzjI7" 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, 09/24/2020 - 15:47</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span><span>The ITF and our affiliates have been striving for practical crew change solutions from the outset of the global pandemic, when governments implemented protective measures. With the impact on international travel, we could see the potential impact on the world’s seafarers. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span><span>We would like to thank our social partners in the International Chamber of Shipping and the Joint Negotiating Group representing ship owners, together with the tremendous support from the ILO and IMO, on the development of protocols that can <em>and should</em> be adopted to move seafarers to and from ships. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span><span>We have worked directly with the governments of countries like those represented here. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span><span>We have, through our worldwide inspectorate, provided support and assisted thousands of seafarers to get repatriated.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span><span>Unfortunately, this is not enough. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span><span>Despite all our collective efforts, the problem is still escalating. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span><span>Nearly 400,000 seafarers are now way beyond their tour of duty. Their hardship is growing. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span><span>Our seafaring workforce and the international shipping system are both at breaking point. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span><span>Many seafarers have expressed concerns about the consequences if they raised their voices about their personal fatigue and the impact of the safety of the crew, ship and cargo - for fear of losing future job opportunities, commonly known as blacklisting. It is unacceptable in 2020!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span><span>This unacceptable situation is bordering on <strong>forced labour</strong>. Seafarers and all responsible companies engaged in global supply chains have a right to demand <strong>urgent government intervention</strong> to end this crisis.<strong> </strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>We commend firms like Unilever for their leadership and responsibility for the health and wellbeing of seafarers and for their commitment to see this crisis resolved.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>The ITF has supported high-level events where governments have praised seafarers for their critical role during the pandemic. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>We have had great statements, but statements alone do not get seafarers on and off ships. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>We need governments to recognise seafarers as key workers providing essential services.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>We need governments to deliver <strong>pragmatic solutions</strong> for this deadlock, which can only happen through <strong>active collaboration between government departments</strong>. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span><span>Heads of states, please, please, please cut out inter-department difference. We need you to take control!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span><span>Before I conclude, I want to be clear that we are calling for action on crew change, but we need to make sure that shipping and global supply chains that depend on it do not make Covid-19 a justification for short cuts that risk lives and the environment.    </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span><span>Our report </span></span></span></span><a href="//"><span><span><em><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span>Beyond the Limit</span></span></span></em></span></span></a><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span><span><a href="//"> </a>highlights our growing concerns surrounding</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span><span>Remote inspections;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span><span>Certificate extensions;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span><span>Rubber-stamping unsafe manning levels;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span><span>Yes, it is a very difficult environment and we again commend our partners for their actions. Together with our colleagues at the UN Secretary General offices and the UN Global Compact, we must stay focused and continue to work together to deliver solutions that show the world’s seafarers that we hear their pleas and quickly solve these unacceptable problems. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span><span>The global economy needs shipping. Shipping needs seafarers!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span><span><span>Seafarers are tired and frustrated. They simply want to go home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span><span>Finally, we say ‘<em>enough is enough’</em>. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span><span>This extraordinary situation needs extraordinary solutions!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span><span>We want governments to act. Today, on World Maritime Day.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span><span>Thank you.</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> <section id="node-news-field-comment--37" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Thu, 24 Sep 2020 14:47:27 +0000 Natalie 194919 at Victory for justice: Docker Rio Wijaya freed <span class="field-title">Victory for justice: Docker Rio Wijaya freed</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Rio%20Web%20Image.png?itok=CLYQEcGp" 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, 09/24/2020 - 12:56</span> <div class="field-body"><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="5cb867ae-45ad-4d05-a1f5-7ba4d8148d5b" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Unknown.jpeg" class="align-center" /> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Yesterday we received the tremendous news that Rio Wijaya has been found not guilty by an Indonesian court <span>after he was assaulted and wrongly </span>charged for attacking his employer Hutchison online last year.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The ITF Dockers family and Rio’s union, the SP JICT, have not wavered one bit throughout this stressful time for Rio and his family. The ITF Dockers Section and our affiliates have given 100% support during his fight for justice.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>ITF Dockers’ Section Chair and ITF President Paddy Crumlin has been <span>actively </span>supporting the campaign for Rio’s freedom from the start.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“This is an important and welcomed outcome, but one that we shouldn’t have had to fight so hard for. <span>Being in a union is not a crime</span>. Standing up for yourself, your colleagues and the working class is not a crime. In fact, it is your <span>human and trade union right.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“We said at the time that the eyes of the international community were on Indonesia to see whether justice and freedom of association would prevail, or if this country had descended into an enforcement arm of anti-union corporations. Indonesia has made the right call. <span>We welcome that, and now look forward to securing the interests of dockers through good faith engagement</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>On hearing news of Brother Rio’s victory, ITF Dockers’ Section Coordinator <span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Enrico</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span> Tortolano said:</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>“This is an important victory that will send shockwaves <span>through any multinational </span>corporation that thinks they can bully dock workers or silence us with their armies of lawyers. Well, they can’t.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>This case has shown that when the Dockers family sticks together through <span>international solidarity</span>, justice can be won for Dockers and the working class.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Multi-nationals need to respect the rights of union members and activists. We want meaningful dialogue, not threats.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Congratulations Brother Rio. #WeAreITF #InternationalSolidarity #ITFDockers</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Solidarity forever!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/hutchison-terminals" hreflang="en">hutchison terminals </a></div> <div><a href="/en/tags/workers-rights" hreflang="en">worker’s rights</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--38" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Thu, 24 Sep 2020 11:56:58 +0000 Rory_M 194917 at Crew change crisis risks becoming forced labour epidemic as tragedy hits six-month mark on World Maritime Day <span class="field-title">Crew change crisis risks becoming forced labour epidemic as tragedy hits six-month mark on World Maritime Day</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WMD%20Web%20Image.png?itok=jX6S2CXz" 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, 09/24/2020 - 12:31</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has slammed government inaction to alleviate the crew change crisis, declaring that current Covid-19 border and travel restrictions risk creating an epidemic of forced labour and modern slavery as seafarers are increasingly forced to stay onboard working against their will.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton said the world’s 1.65 million seafarers have been let down by the world’s governments who had allowed the crew change crisis to deepen and reach a six-month mark on World Maritime Day – 24 September 2020.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>It is estimated that there are now 400,000 seafarers trapped working aboard vessels, and an equal number unemployed at home and unable to relieve them.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Cotton said “It is deeply shameful that we have reached the unfortunate six-month mark in this crisis, with no end in sight. By not giving seafarers pragmatic exemptions as key workers to get to and from ships, governments are consigning seafarers to being slaves on what many call their ‘floating prisons’.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Stephen Cotton said the ITF had been working with major corporations who were deeply concerned about the risks to their supply chain if seafarers cannot be changed and relieved by fresh crew.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“This week we </span></span></span><span><span><a href=""><span><span>released</span></span></a></span></span><span><span><span> an important expert report that shows the crew change crisis is injecting too much risk into the global shipping industry. Unless we get these increasingly fatigued seafarers off, there will be more accidents – there will be oil spills on our shores and deaths on our seas.”</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>“I acknowledge the leadership of Unilever and other corporations for taking responsibility for the health and wellbeing of seafarers in their supply chains and calling on governments to wake up to this escalating crisis.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“The situation is bordering on or amounts to forced labour, and all companies have a responsibility to use their leverage to demand urgent government intervention to end this crisis whilst ensuring that their supply chains are free of adverse human rights impacts on 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>David Heindel, chair of the ITF Seafarers’ Section said tempers were rightly running high among the global seafaring workforce.</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 is World Maritime Day – a day when we should be celebrating the contribution of our industries and humbly reflecting in the thanks of a public who saw seafarers, dockers, fishers and others in our industries step up and make a difference during this pandemic,” said Heindel. “Instead, World Maritime Day 2020 has been marred by the deepening of this humanitarian, economic, environmental and human rights 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>“If governments want to celebrate seafarers’ contribution to their economies, and if they really want to support the sustainability of the shipping industry - then they need to get to work, just as we do every day at sea, and do everything they can to get these worn out seafarers home, replaced by fresh crews, and ensure these heroes are afforded the dignity and respect that they deserve.”</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 are tired, they’re fatigued and rapidly becoming disillusioned with their choice to work at sea – and they’re worried they’ll be made to pay for the inevitable accidents that come from pushing a workforce passed their physical and mental limits.”</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>“There are now well over 400,000 seafarers who are working beyond their initial contracts. There are more and more who have been on board for longer than a year. We refuse to let this become the new norm. Every human has a right to refuse a contract, to stop working and to go home – and we’ll be working with responsible companies, our affiliates and seafarers themselves to see these rights enforced,” concluded Heindel.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><br /> <strong>Notes:</strong></p> <ol> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>Number of seafarers worldwide is drawn from </span></span><span><span><a href=""><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">the International Chamber of Shipping estimate</span></a></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Read and download the ITF Maritime Safety Committee’s report </span></span><span><span><a href=""><em><span>Beyond the Limit: How Covid-19 corner-cutting places too much risk in the international shipping system.</span></em></a></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>The latest estimate of 400,000 seafarers over their contracts and trapped working aboard vessels worldwide comes from the Joint Negotiating Group of shipping employers based on extrapolations from their fleets to the global shipping fleet</span></span></span></span></span></li> </ol></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--39" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Thu, 24 Sep 2020 11:31:32 +0000 Rory_M 194916 at Covid corner-cutting will lead to deaths, ‘environmental catastrophe’ – new shipping report <span class="field-title">Covid corner-cutting will lead to deaths, ‘environmental catastrophe’ – new shipping report</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Beyond%20the%20Limit_webimage.png?itok=-SYdhPG4" 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, 09/20/2020 - 08:00</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has issued a stark warning that if temporary short cuts adopted in the industry during the Covid-19 pandemic continue or become permanent, then there will be a rise in shipping accidents and environmental disasters.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The predictions are contained within a new report released today by the ITF’s Maritime Safety Committee: <a href="//"><em>Beyond the Limit: How Covid-19 corner-cutting places too much risk in the international shipping system.</em></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Report co-author and chair of the Maritime Safety Committee, Odd Rune Malterud, says the report shows an unsustainable trend by industry players, including flag states, to deprioritise ship safety out of expedience rather than necessity.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Some industry players are pushing for exemptions from, or the outright suspension of, important international rules. These rules were introduced to protect seafarers’ safety, lives, and the marine environment over many decades. They are the result of learning from incidents in the past: be it an accident; a drowning; a spill; a grounding; or a death.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Take remote inspections – we don’t oppose their use for technical inspections when they are safer than the alternative, for example in the use of drone technology which can replace risky manned inspections of the ship's structures and tanks. But it is completely unacceptable to see countries like Norway allowing remote inspections where crew themselves are expected to </span></span></span></span></span></span></span>independently <span><span><span><span><span><span><span>and objectively report on their own safety and security on top of their watch keeping duties.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Given the growing power imbalance caused by the crew change crisis, crew are under enormous pressure to appease their employers, who are often a seafarer’s only way off a ship after months at sea. What is more – most employers will expect crew to pick up these remote inspection tasks on top of their already overburdened workload, often when a seafarer is supposed to be keeping watch for everyone’s safety.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Malterud said the report was about putting a line in the sand over the industry’s rapid backslide on safety and seafarers’ rights.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Enough is enough. It is our obligation as seafarers’ representatives to raise the warning because what we are witnessing right now causes us extreme worry. We cannot in good conscience be complacent and allow seafarers’ safety and security to be put at risk. The shipping industry is now a ticking timebomb towards an environmental catastrophe.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Pandemic or not: the public will not accept more deaths at sea and strewn ships spilling oil over precious coastal wildlife. That is the consequence of allowing this much risk in the industry.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Governments know what could happen, and that’s why we have seen them refusing and detaining unsafe ships in their own ports. This is despite those same governments endorsing dangerous short cuts for ships to them to operate elsewhere. Well, if a ship is too risky for the harbours of Australia and Norway, it is too risky anywhere,” said Malterud.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>ITF Seafarers and Inland Navigation Section Coordinator, Fabrizio Barcellona, said the ITF’s <em>Crew Change Survey for September</em> showed that seafarers recognised rising risk in the industry.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>73.3% of seafarers who took the ITF survey said they worried about ‘Being tired and fatigued’, while 60.1% said it was more likely than not that they or their crewmates would be ‘involved in an accident that could harm human life, property or the marine environment due to tiredness or fatigue while on board’.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“This is not just about crew change, but that is part of the story,” he said. “Government restrictions on borders, travel and transit have made it difficult to recruit seafarers and some in the industry are responding by dumping more and more work on the tired and fatigued workforce who remain on ships”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Minimum Safe Manning levels should prevent that from happening, but flag states all over the world are now making a mockery of their role as manning level regulator. We have ship owners proposing manning numbers for their ships that are well-below what would have been considered safe pre-pandemic, and flag states rubber-stamping these proposals through exemptions.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Inadequate manning levels spread the same workload across a smaller number of seafarers. The result is over-worked, stressed seafarers onboard who are not physically or mentally well-rested enough to discharge their duties safely. These seafarers worry day and night about the threat of accidents occurring. Seafarers cannot be blamed for those accidents which result from the impossible situation they are being put in.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Barcellona said the ITF and its affiliated unions are calling for flag states and port states to get back to enforcing the rules, most of which they created through the International Maritime Organisation.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“We understood the need for flexibility early on in this pandemic. But it has been six months now, and we have reached the safe limit of exemptions, extensions and all-too-convenient interpretations of these life-saving rules. If action is not taken, there will loss of human life and irreparable damage to marine ecosystems,” said Barcellona.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Notes:</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol> <li>You can <a href="//">read and download the full report here</a></li> <li><span><span><span>The Maritime Safety Committee is a technical body of the ITF. Chair Odd Rune Malterud is also Assistant Director and Technical Manager of the Norwegian Union of Marine Engineers (DNMF)</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>For background on the crew change crisis and the ITF’s campaign on government border, travel and transit restrictions, please see <a href="">our July statement</a></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span>The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is holding an extraordinary meeting to discuss safety on 21 September; IMO, ILO; UN Global Compact is <a href="">discussing the crew change crisis on 24 September</a>, on World Maritime Day, with ITF and International Chamber of Shipping representatives</span></span></li> </ol></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <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/safety" hreflang="en">safety</a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--40" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Sun, 20 Sep 2020 07:00:00 +0000 Rory_M 194913 at ITF welcomes justice for Palestinian victims of ‘hate crime’ <span class="field-title">ITF welcomes justice for Palestinian victims of ‘hate crime’</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Israel.jpg?itok=FYpGzOrY" width="1690" height="1321" 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, 09/18/2020 - 12:22</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>An Israeli court has sentenced the murderer of a Palestinian toddler and his parents to three life sentences, with the court labelling the killings ‘carefully planned and driven by an extremist ideology and racism’.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>In July 2015, the </span></span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>Dawabsheh </span></span></span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>family home in the West Bank was subject to an arson attack by an Israeli extremist. Amiram Ben-Uliel threw a firebomb through a window while the family was sleeping, killing three of the </span></span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>Dawabshehs </span></span></span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>and leaving the fourth with severe burns.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>Later that year, during a <a href="">union mission </a>to Israel and Palestine, ITF President Paddy Crumlin and General Secretary Stephen Cotton </span></span></span><span><span><span>visited</span></span></span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span> relatives of the family and added to international calls for justice to be done. Ben-Uliel was </span></span></span><a href=""><span><span><span>charged</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span> with murder January 2016.</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> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>Shaher Saad, general secretary of the Palestinian General Federation of Transport Unions (PGFTU) welcomed the verdict and the ITF’s support over the last five years. “This sentence came as a result of the international community, including the ITF, condemning the crime. The court sentence is a satisfactory one, and I hope the perpetrators </span></span></span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>will not be released at any time in the future, as has happened in similar cases.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>Paddy Crumlin said: “This is a small justice in a land of great injustices. As we learned during our 2015 mission to Israel and Palestine, ordinary people in the West Bank are subject to continuous harassment and violence by Israeli settlers, and in the most extreme cases face violence and death. This verdict will not bring the </span></span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>Dawabsheh </span></span></span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>family back, but it is a sign that these crimes will not go unpunished.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>Stephen Cotton said: “Five years ago the ITF called for justice to be done in the case of the </span></span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span><span>Dawabsheh </span></span></span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>family. We are proud to have stood with PGFTU and all our Palestinian friends and colleagues throughout this long struggle. And we will not stop until both Palestinians and Israelis experience justice in their daily lives.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--41" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Fri, 18 Sep 2020 11:22:38 +0000 Natalie 194914 at SG-STAR Fund: First global tripartite initiative to support countries for crew change <span class="field-title">SG-STAR Fund: First global tripartite initiative to support countries for crew change</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/WhatsApp%20Image%202020-09-17%20at%2017.45.16.jpeg?itok=qWnB1e-v" 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">Thu, 09/17/2020 - 16:56</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><strong><span>Joint release from the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), International Maritime Employers' Council (IMEC), International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU) and Singapore Organisation of Seamen (SOS)</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) and the International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC) </span><span><span>have jointly contributed US$500,000 to the </span></span><span>Singapore Shipping Tripartite Alliance Resilience (SG-STAR) Fund</span><span><span> to support countries that adopt best practices for crew change.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>This adds to the S$1 million SG-STAR Fund established by the </span></span><span>Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), Singapore Maritime Officers' Union (SMOU), and Singapore Organisation of Seamen (SOS). <span>The total fund now amounts to S$1.68 million (approximately US$1.2 million).</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Besides ITF and IMEC, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) will also lend support to the SG-STAR Fund including technical expertise in shipping. </span><span><span>With the contribution and support by ITF, IMEC and ICS, the SG-STAR Fund is the first global tripartite initiative bringing together like-minded international partners from the industry, unions and government to facilitate safe crew changes. </span></span><span>The fund, based in Singapore, will be disbursed for use upstream in countries where seafarers come from. <span>We continue to welcome like-minded partners to join us in this global alliance.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>ITF General Secretary Mr Stephen Cotton said the SG-STAR Fund has the potential to support practical solutions to reduce the severity of the crew change crisis for the world’s 1.4 million seafarers.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“For over six months, the crew change crisis has seen hundreds of thousands of seafarers either trapped on ships or unemployed at home, desperate to get to work. For the world’s seafarers, they need practical solutions now, not tomorrow, to end this humanitarian crisis and get seafarers to and from ships in a safe manner. This joint initiative, working with tripartite partners to promote practical solutions to the crew change crisis, will be key to breaking the current deadlock.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“We need to see progress especially on ways seafarers can show authorities and employers their negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test results from verified medical institutions, so that quarantine times can be reduced on board and while waiting to join vessels,” said Stephen Cotton.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“The crew change crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has brought various maritime players to work together more closely than ever before. IMEC has participated and contributed to both global and Singapore based discussions aimed at finding solutions and providing guidance as the crisis evolved. We are pleased to join the SG-STAR Fund and hope bring our expertise to help find solutions to this crisis. I am confident this determined partnership will lead the way to practical approaches to a crisis that is expected to stay with us for months to come,” said IMEC Chairman, Capt. Belal Ahmed.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Mr Guy Platten, Secretary General of the ICS, said, “The COVID-19 pandemic is unfairly trapping seafarers. This initiative is exactly the type of project needed to resolve the crew change crisis.”</span></span></span><br />  </p> <p><span><span><span>“The ILO warmly welcomes the contributions from the ITF, IMEC and ICS to the SG-STAR Fund which not only provides much needed resources but confirms the tripartite and truly global reach of the initiative. This is exactly the type of response that we need to the dramatic and worldwide problems of crew changes,” said ILO Director-General, Mr Guy Ryder.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Mr Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of International Maritime Organization, said, “This is a commendable global initiative bringing together the collective efforts of governments, the shipping industry and maritime unions to take concrete steps to address the urgent issue of crew change.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Following the signing of the letter of intent for the SG-STAR Fund on 28 August 2020 between MPA, SSA, SMOU and SOS, a task force has been formed to work with stakeholders on solutions for safe crew change. Led by SSA Council Member and Chair of SSA Services Committee, Mr Nitin Mathur, with initial members from MPA, SMOU and SOS, the task force will </span><span><span>first work with seafarer supplying countries such as the Philippines and India on key initiatives, which include the accreditation of quarantine and isolation facilities, </span></span><span>COVID-19 PCR </span><span><span>testing certification, “white-listing” of clinics for PCR testing, digital solutions for tracking crew change, and interactive training sessions for crew to help them understand crew change procedures and guidelines.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>SSA President Ms Caroline Yang will chair the Governance Committee for the SG-STAR Fund, comprising MPA Chief Executive Ms Quah Ley Hoon, SMOU General Secretary Ms Mary Liew, SOS President Mr Kam Soon Huat, ITF General Secretary Mr Stephen Cotton, and IMEC Chairman Capt. Belal Ahmed. Dr Lam Pin Min, Honorary Member of SSA, and CEO of Eagle Eye Centre, has been appointed as the Senior Advisor to the Governance Committee.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“The SG-STAR Fund initiated by the tripartite partners in Singapore aims to help support ship crew supplying nations enhance facilities and capabilities to establish safe and scalable “bubbles” or “corridors” to enable crew change - from the time to/from home country or country of origin, to the country where the crew joins the ship, as well as safe holding facilities at the home/origin country and the country where the crew change occurs."</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>"We are heartened to have ITF and IMEC join our initiative and contribute to the fund. The ICS is also supporting this initiative including their technical expertise in shipping. We look forward to have more like-minded international partners come on board this tripartite initiative so that safe crew change can be further accelerated,” said Ms Yang.</span></span></span></span><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> <section id="node-news-field-comment--42" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Thu, 17 Sep 2020 15:56:20 +0000 barton_linda 194912 at Assassination of Konan Kouassi Bruno: CNDD, Côte d'Ivoire <span class="field-title">Assassination of Konan Kouassi Bruno: CNDD, Côte d&#039;Ivoire </span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Dockers%20image.png?itok=DzdS1ief" 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">Mon, 09/14/2020 - 11:53</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span>It was with much sorrow and anger that the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) heard of the brutal murder of our comrade and brother <span>Konan Kouassi Bruno, Deputy General Secretary of </span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">Collectif National des Dockers et Dockers Transit pour la Defense de Leurs Droits (CNDD)</span><span>: a key ITF Dockers’ Section affiliate in the Côte d'Ivoire.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>We understand that an investigation is currently taking place but early indications that his death was an assassination are deeply concerning.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Without hesitation the ITF Dockers’ Section offers our full and unconditional solidarity to Brother Konan Kouassi Bruno’s union and our most sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Brother Konan Kouassi Bruno was an inspirational trade unionist and a true internationalist. It seems like only yesterday that he was bringing affiliates together and making a real impact at the ITF Congress 2018 in Singapore. <span>Only last month he was making plans for transport workers at the local National Coordinating Committee (NCC) meeting. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>A very committed, loyal and devoted comrade who was highly regarded by all who worked with him. </span>The ITF Dockers family reaches out across countries, regions and continents with an unspoken understanding: touch one, touch all. We are all touched by this act of barbarity.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>It is unacceptable to the international dockers community that trade unionists, port workers and transport workers more generally are still not safe from threats and intimidation and are subject to violent crimes and assassination.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The Ministry of Transport and the government in the <span>Côte d'Ivoire</span> need to rectify this dangerous situation with some urgency. Once we ascertain all the facts<span> and discuss this extensively with our comrades in the region, we will consider </span><span>a request for an urgent intervention from the ILO DG and/or the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings. Moreover, </span>the ITF will assist in whatever way it can to secure justice and a safe working environment for our sisters and brothers in the region. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>We urge the <span>Côte d'Ivoire and </span>the judicial authorities to conduct the investigations needed to ascertain the facts and prosecute those responsible with the full force of the law.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The Dockers’ Section asks our comrades in the region to convey our sincerest condolences and respects to the family of Brother <span>Konan Kouassi</span> Bruno. We understand the heartbreak and grief this must have caused, though we are determined that his death will not be in vain. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Therefore, it needs to be recognised that even in the face of grave threats, intimidation and assassinations we stand committed to fighting for basic trade union rights: the freedom of association, the right to collectively bargain and the right to strike. Ensuring these human rights are protected is what defines us. No one should be targeted for their trade union activities, either by governments, employers or criminal interests.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN">“It is with anguish and sorrow that we have learnt of the death of our brother and comrade </span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"><span>Konan Kouassi Bruno. A cowardly act against</span></span><span lang="EN-IN" xml:lang="EN-IN"> a man whose lifetime work was dedicated to fighting for the rights of dockers and maritime workers. He was a committed internationalist and true friend of the ITF. He made a difference. He stood up for his what he believed in: building the collective strength of dockers through democratic debate and hard work. His achievements were numerous and will stand the test of time. My heartfelt condolences go to his family, friends and loved ones,” said ITF President and Dockers’ Section Chair Paddy Crumlin.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Stephen Cotton, ITF General Secretary made clear that the incredible work done by Brother <span>Konan Kouassi Bruno</span> will be of colossal benefit to future generations of port workers. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>“On behalf of the ITF, I offer the deep respect and the sympathies of the ITF’s global family at this sad time. As well as being principled, he was talented, hard-working and an inspiration to those who came across him – this legacy will live on. Continuing his work to protect and promote the lives, rights and futures of dockers in the </span></span><span><span><span>Côte d'Ivoire</span></span></span><span><span> and beyond is exactly what he would have wanted,” said Cotton.</span></span></p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--43" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Mon, 14 Sep 2020 10:53:23 +0000 Natalie 194910 at Stranded at Sea: ITF addressing abandonment in the Arab World <span class="field-title">Stranded at Sea: ITF addressing abandonment in the Arab World</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Slavery%20at%20Sea_webimage.png?itok=uKoJ7SSP" 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, 09/13/2020 - 06:29</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>A growing number of crew abandoned on ships in the Arab World without pay, food or water are receiving assistance from the ITF Arab World and Iran Network to survive and get home. We take a look at two recent cases:</span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>The MV Nadar</span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>“The situation is getting worse here on board. The ship is out of diesel for lighting. I’m really afraid something bad will happen, I swear the crew could harm themselves."</span></span></em></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"><span>This was one of many messages that Mohamed Arrachedi, ITF Arab World and Iran Network Coordinator, has received during the crew change crisis this year.</span></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"><span>It was from one of the six Egyptian crew stranded on the Tanzanian-flagged MV Nader in the Port of Suakin, Sudan. These seafarers had been abandoned on board the 43-year-old ro-ro cargo vessel in the Red Sea, since November 2019.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <figure role="group"> <img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="dab26224-3a92-4897-9041-7e0fa50b11ae" height="557" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Nader10.jpg" width="743" /> <figcaption><em>The crew of the MV Nadler were relieved and thankful to have received ITF assistance | SOURCE: ITF</em></figcaption> </figure> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Since the ITF network was set up two years ago, Arrachedi estimates that around seven out of every 10 calls he receives are calls for help from crew abandoned on ships without pay or provisions.</span></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"><span> “I am dealing with 15 vessels now – vessels abandoned in Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Kuwait, Yemen, Lebanon and Libya. All are in different situations, all suffering very hard living conditions, very hard family situations, stranded in limbo waiting to go home,” said Arrachedi.</span></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"><span>For nine months the crew on the <em>Nader </em>faced almost daily shortages of food, fresh water and fuel to keep the ship’s lights on. </span></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"><span>“The crew are in a very bad psychological situation and the courts are still closed,” the ship’s officer texted the ITF.</span></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"><span>“Abandonment is the cancer of the shipping industry,” said Arrachedi. “We observe with concern a worrying increase of cases in the Arab region. Some unscrupulous ship owners think they have impunity in the region.” </span></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"><span>“There are many countries here that have not ratified the Maritime Labour Convention, however there are many cases now being reported in the region as seafarers become more aware that we can help,” said Arrachedi.</span></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"><span>According to the </span></span><a href=""><span>ILO Abandonment of Seafarers database</span></a><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>, the Middle East accounts for around 80 of the around 200 active cases worldwide.</span></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"><span>Of all cases of abandonment recorded on the ILO site, 340 were reported by the ITF. Of the 197 resolved cases worldwide, 157 involved the ITF.</span></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"><span>The MV Nader<em> </em>is one of them. The six crewmembers returned home to their families on 25 July this year with their USD$60,308 in wages owing. </span></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"><span>“We have at last managed to get paid with the help of the ITF. The ITF helped us many times, including with fuel, provisions and water. We, all crew of MV Nadar, reiterate our thanks,” they wrote.  “Thank you for helping us ITF Mohamed Arrachedi.”</span></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"><span>Arrachedi in turn paid tribute to ITF network contact Abdelhafiz in Sudan for the work, as well the authorities at the Port of Suakin, for all their assistance.</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="c1a40401-e70c-48e5-bc34-16a37afe4817" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Naderfotocrew4.jpg" /> <figcaption><em>The crew of the MV Nadler were relieved and thankful to have received ITF assistance | SOURCE: ITF</em></figcaption> </figure> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c83b4a20-62ab-44fd-84db-8ea2a7681a22" height="591" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/naderfotocrew3.jpg" width="788" /> <figcaption><em>The crew of the MV Nader at the bank in Port Sudan City where they finally received their unpaid wages. | SOURCE: ITF</em></figcaption> </figure> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><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="5cf70445-566b-42be-95e9-0b4a22b96778" height="617" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/nader%20Foto5.jpg" width="823" /> <figcaption><em>The crew of the MV Nader at the bank in Port Sudan City where they finally received their unpaid wages. | SOURCE: ITF</em></figcaption> </figure> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>The MV Reggae</span></span></strong></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"><span>In the case of the general cargo vessel MV Reggae, priority was given to the sale of the vessel, before the crew’s needs. The vessel was abandoned in Tunisia in 2019, then again in Turkey.</span></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"><span>“We are abandoned seafarers. We have not been paid our wages,” the crew texted Arrachedi. “We haven’t had meal from yesterday evening. The situation here on board is getting bad and we don’t have diesel even for lighting. We wait your call.”</span></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"><span>The crew had written to the owners of the vessel in March, requesting repatriation in accordance with Maritime Labour Convention, citing mental health concerns and five months unpaid wages.</span></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"><span>“The crew onboard the Reggae suffered,” said Arrachedi.  “So often they went without food and water. Yet these seafarers were real heroes. They resisted. They fought for their rights.”</span></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"><span>Repeated attempts by the ITF to contact and call on the flag state, Comoros, to intervene were ignored.</span></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"><span>“It is really worrying that flag states won’t reply, even when the complaint is about seafarers starving on ships without food and water,” he said.  “The results could be fatal.”</span></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"><span>Months went by with a total impasse as the ship sailed from Tunisia to Volos, Greece and then Nemrut, Turkey and back again. With time, some of the crew buckled.</span></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"><span>“Sometimes the only weapon with which you can win or lose, is time. Everyone is using time. With time passing you feel weak and eaten from inside. You cry out ‘I don’t want money, just give me a ticket home’,” said Arrachedi. </span></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"><span>The Turkish crew disembarked on April 1, when the vessel was in their home port – with part of their wages still owing. But the five Indian crew remained on board. </span></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"><span>Finally, on 28 July, they flew home to their families, all USD$52,850 in wages in hand.</span></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"><span>"We stood up, sir,” they wrote on their return. “Thanks for keeping our morale high. We were getting distracted and weak at times, thanks for backing and supporting us.”</span></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"><span>The ITF Inspectorate has vowed to keep abandonment an ITF priority. “What we are fighting is a notorious model of slavery at sea. We must work in collaboration with international authorities to eradicate it,” said Arrachedi.</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="12bf5539-0dca-4383-ad83-81d767bf2db9" height="614" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/reggae3.jpg" width="819" /> <figcaption>The crew of the MV Reggae were able to recover months of unpaid wages with the assistance of the ITF | SOURCE: ITF</figcaption> </figure> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="2cbbd4bd-fe29-4956-a3ee-0af53c70cbde" height="593" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/reggae4.jpg" width="790" /> <figcaption><em>The crew of the MV Reggae were able to recover months of unpaid wages with the assistance of the ITF | SOURCE: ITF</em></figcaption> </figure> <p> </p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--44" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Sun, 13 Sep 2020 05:29:43 +0000 Rory_M 194909 at Companies must take crew change opportunities in the UK and elsewhere - ITF <span class="field-title">Companies must take crew change opportunities in the UK and elsewhere - ITF</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Companies%20must%20take%20crew%20change%20opportunities%20in%20the%20UK%20and%20elsewhere.png?itok=335Ml3xi" 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, 09/12/2020 - 01:49</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">The repatriation of seven Myanmar crew members from a Korean-owned vessel via the United Kingdom shows that crew change is still possible during the crew change crisis, but it requires the determination of the seafarers’ employers, says Liverpool-based ITF Inspector Tommy Molloy.</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">The crew of the MV Hyundai Tacoma reached out to the ITF to request assistance with repatriation following completion of their contracts of employment. Faced with difficulty in getting the crew back to their native Myanmar, employer HMM Ocean Services wanted the crew to extend their contracts.</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">Molloy explains “The original call for help went to my colleague Shwe Tun Aung, ITF Inspector in Houston, America. The vessel was due to call in to Southampton and seven crew members wanted to go no further on the Hyundai Tacoma.”</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">In addition to working with the ship’s owner and management company, securing repatriation for seafarers often involves contacting government agencies in the port state (where the ship is docking) and in the flag state (where the ship is registered).</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">Molloy emailed the flag state registry of the Marshall Islands where the Hyundai Tacoma is registered, followed by the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Authority (MCA).</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">In addition, he contacted Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in London, to flag the plight of the seafarers.</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">He explained to the government authorities and to HMM Ocean Services themselves that the crew needed to leave the vessel while it docked in Southampton. </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">“Without contracts, or extensions to contracts, they would be on board illegally. And to be on board </span><span>like that, not covered by a contract of employment, it is debatable whether a seafarer is covered by insurance. And it’s questionable whether the vessel is in compliance with its safe manning requirements.”</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">“Despite the genuine difficulties with organising crew change that many in the industry are facing, the company realised they had little choice but to work hard to sign the crew off the vessel and do their best to get them home,” Molloy explained.</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">The crew were replaced on 30 August in Southampton. But that was far from the end of the matter.</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">Molloy went on, “The Embassy advised that whilst there were no commercial flights into Myanmar, there were ‘relief flights’ with limited seat availability. The earliest flight they could get the seven crew members onto was not until 21 September.”</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">“It took a lot of communication between the various parties to finally get the seats confirmed. I was able to call contacts in UK Border Force – with whom I have been able to develop an excellent working relationship – and the crew members were given clearance to remain in the UK until they could board their flight.”</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">Molloy said the company have put the crew up at a hotel in Southampton until the flight date. While the delay is less than desirable, Molloy said the seafarer community in the southern English port was looking after the Myanmar seven.</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">“I contacted the Stella Maris in Southampton and they are taking great care of the seafarers, keeping them occupied every day with trips out, ensuring they are able to keep in regular contact with their families and so on,” he said.</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">“Unfortunately, for many operators the first and only option they consider is to insist crew sign extensions. In some cases, extending could be terrible for their own mental health and physical wellbeing. Every crew member has the right to refuse extensions and insist on their right to be repatriated at their employers’ expense – no one can force you to work in 2020.”</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">Molloy said in his view “more crew need to force the issue by refusing to extend.”</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">“That is how the seafarers of the Hyundai Tacoma are now getting some much-deserved rest and looking forward to seeing their families again, rather than continuing to work in an exhausted and frustrated state with no end in sight,” said Molloy.</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">“This case shows that despite the very real difficulties that many companies are facing, repatriations can be arranged where there is a will.”</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">Molloy has </span><a href=""><span>warned other companies</span></a><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"> in recent months to take crew change opportunities when calling into UK ports.</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>For me, it’s a very simple matter. Where a seafarer’s contract has expired and where they don’t sign extensions: they are entitled to be repatriated. It’s then the company’s problem – not the seafarer, who has done their part already.”</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--45" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Sat, 12 Sep 2020 00:49:46 +0000 Rory_M 194908 at ITF helps Philippine, Turkish crews fly home via Brazil <span class="field-title">ITF helps Philippine, Turkish crews fly home via Brazil</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/ITF%20helps%20Philippine%2C%20Turkish%20crews%20fly%20home%20via%20Brazil.png?itok=RW8olJjn" 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, 09/12/2020 - 01:35</span> <div class="field-body"><h3><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Eight seafarers return to the Philippines after more than a year at sea</span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) intervened to ensure a seafarer trapped working aboard a ship for more than 16 months finally got his ticket home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Another seven of the crew of the </span><span><span>MV ‘Western Eyde’</span></span><span>  have also been repatriated thanks to ITF assistance, says ITF Inspector for Brazil, Ali Zini. Those seven seafarers had spent 13 months on board the bulk carrier. The legal limit in the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) is 11 months at sea.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Inspector Zini, who is based with ITF Brazilian affiliate CNTTL, said a seafarer contacted the ITF from the MV </span><span><span>Western Eyde</span></span><span> as it was en route from Canada to Brazil. The seafarer asked for help to get home to his family after many months on board.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Under the MLC, seafarers are entitled to be returned home at their employer’s expense following competition of their contract. While crew changes have become difficult due to government restrictions on borders and travel, crew change is still possible through many port and transit states, including </span><a href="">Canada</a><span> and </span><a href="">Brazil</a><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>However, the MLC also specifies that a crew member should in the first instance ask his company, through the ships’ Master, for repatriation. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Zini explains that the crew member had already contacted the MV </span><span><span>Western Eyde’</span></span><span>s Tokyo-based ship management company Unitra Maritime Co Ltd requesting to get off. However, the management company couldn’t give him a guarantee that he would be repatriated when the vessel arrived at its next port.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Inspector Zini met the crew when the Panamanian-flagged vessel arrived in Paranagua, Brazil, on 30 August. He inspected the books to ensure obligations were fulfilled on both sides - that the seafarers had completed their contracts, and that the company had paid all wages owing.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Seeing how long the crew had been on the ship, Zini confirmed one crew member had joined the vessel in April 2019 in Zhoushan, China. It was now August 2020, and this seafarer had definitely served their obligations, even going beyond the international limit for time on board.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Zini recalls the visit: </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“When I boarded the vessel the  crew was very happy to see me,” he said.  “But they were also very anxious to go home.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>As it transpired, the crew were not getting off as expected. The company had told Zini that a crew change was arranged at the following port, instead.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I warned the manager this was not acceptable and was in breach of the Maritime Labour Convention,” he said.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The ITF Inspector’s warning made the company revise its position.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“After one day, he agreed.  A crew change was arranged for the port they were in – Paranagua,” said Zini.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In the week that the crew boarded their flights to the Philippines, a fresh crew arrived to take their place – also from the Philippines.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Brazil is one of a growing number of countries which have agreed to implement the International Maritime Organisation protocol that allows for crew changes in its ports, despite the present pandemic.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>ITF gets Turks their wages, home from Brazil</span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In more good news for stranded seafarers, the ITF has helped the crew of another vessel return home from their ship anchored off Brazil’s coast.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>ITF Inspector Renialdo de Freitas says 16 seafarers from the vessel ‘DS Sofie Bulker’ flew to their native Turkey from Santos, Brazil, – but only after securing back their almost USD$100,000 of the crew’s wages.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“At the beginning of August, the vessel was heading to Santos, my home port, for cargo operation. The crew contacted us requesting assistance, claiming that most of them were already on expired contracts and that they needed to be repatriated. Some had been on board for over 14 months.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The legal maximum under the Maritime Labour Convention for time on board is 11 months, and it is illegal to operate a ship on expired contracts. At least nine of the seafarers were more than six months over contract.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>de Freitas said the crew also claimed that the salaries to the months of June and July had not been paid.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Their biggest concern was to go home. They were eager and stressed because of that."</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>de Freitas contacted the ship owner. He warned them that they needed to deal with the crew’s issues and get them home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I stressed that we had a valuable opportunity to carry out repatriation in Brazil, being one of the few countries that allow, and even facilitates the change of crew,” said de Freitas.<br /> <br /> “And I also made it clear that outstanding debts should be paid off as soon as possible and definitely before repatriations, since their July payments were still unpaid.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Analysing the previous inspections undertaken by the ITF, we see that there are many complaints about overdue wages from past crew. So I was concerned that the crew receive their wages before repatriations were made and they lost their leverage.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“After some contacts with the shipowner, I advised that, if the change of crew was not provided, and the payment of July, I would be communicating with Port State Control and the Brazilian labour authorities about the problem of constant delays in the payment of wages and the need for repatriation of crew members who had expired contracts” said de Freitas.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“After a long and tiresome negotiation, on August 22 the owner finally agreed and changed the crew in Santos. He paid the wages for month of July and settled everything.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>de Freitas said that when he met the crew at the hotel they were staying at in preparation for their flight home, they were very happy to see him and thanked him for his efforts.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Once safe and home, the crew sent the ITF emails praising Inspector de Freitas’ work.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I am the Chief Officer of the MV DS Sofie Bulker” wrote one of them. “I want to let you know that I got all my salaries from the owner side today thanks to Santos, Brazil ITF Inspector Mr Renialdo de Freitas. He never kept us alone.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Thank you very much for everything. My family and I pray to Our God for your goodness.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Another simply wrote “For everything, thanks Mr Renialdo. We received all our money!”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>All USD$94,585.67 of it.</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--46" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Sat, 12 Sep 2020 00:35:01 +0000 Rory_M 194907 at Union win: Swiss Uber Eats workers reclassified as genuine employees <span class="field-title">Union win: Swiss Uber Eats workers reclassified as genuine employees </span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Action%20UberEats%20Gene%CC%80ve%20nov%202018.jpg?itok=9TYkQ9w1" width="1690" height="1268" 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, 09/10/2020 - 12:46</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) congratulates Swiss union Unia on their successful efforts to convert precariously-employed food delivery workers to genuine employees in Geneva. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">More than 500 Uber Eats delivery workers will now be classified as employees rather than independent contractors. This means that delivery workers will immediately receive a base wage of 20.65 Swiss francs per hour (approximately US$22.50), four weeks of annual leave, protection in the event of illness or accident, and access to unemployment insurance. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">“We are pleased to see that Uber Eats delivery workers in Geneva will finally be treated as real employees,” said Unia secretary Umberto Bandiera. Unia has supported delivery riders since Uber Eats arrived in Switzerland in 2018. “Our wish is that the rest of Switzerland will follow suit and ensure compliance with our labour laws,” added Bandiera.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">Uber Eats sent an unexpected message to its delivery workers in Geneva in late August informing riders that they would all become regular employees of Chaskis SA, a Swiss company that Uber Eats has partnered with. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">The Canton of Geneva called on app-based food delivery services to “respect the law” by recognizing delivery workers as employees <span>in June 2019</span>. A subsequent court decision in June this year put further pressure on Uber Eats and its competitors. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">“We will continue to push for the rights of Uber Eats workers. Food delivery workers should be receiving all the benefits and improved working conditions prescribed under the national sectoral agreement for the hotel and restaurant industries,” said Bandiera.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">“This is an important victory for these workers and for all of us,” said Baker Khundakji, the ITF’s Young Transport Workers’ Officer. “</span><span>Going forward, Uber Eats must not only require workers on their platform to be employees but employ them directly. </span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">We will use every opportunity whether it’s dialogue or campaigning in order to influence policy regulations and support these workers become represented,” added Khundakji.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">Uber has filed an <span>appeal</span> to the Federal Court, whose ruling is expected early next year. The Court’s decision will set a precedent that will apply to all of Switzerland. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">Meanwhile in the United States, Uber and other gig economy companies have contributed over </span><a href=""><span><span>US$180 million</span></span></a><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"> towards their legislative campaign to overturn California’s historic Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), which prohibits the misclassification of workers, including food delivery workers, as independent contractors. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">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 supporting them to organise and mobilising to influence local, regional and global policy.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">For more information contact:</span></strong><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"> <a href=""></a></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field-field_tags"> <div><a href="/en/tags/uber" hreflang="en">uber </a></div> </div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--47" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Thu, 10 Sep 2020 11:46:34 +0000 barton_linda 194905 at 58 fatigued Egyptian seafarers home after Maridive misadventure <span class="field-title">58 fatigued Egyptian seafarers home after Maridive misadventure</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Egypt.png?itok=ukurbpzY" 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, 09/09/2020 - 10:47</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Fifty-eight fatigued Egyptian seafarers are finally home with union support, after the company they were working for failed to repatriate them in the face of Tunisian government crew change restrictions.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Many of the crew of the five offshore support Maridive Group vessels were trapped on board the ships off the Tunisian coast for four months on completion of their initial two-month tour on board.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The crew finally made it home in late August, after receiving ITF and national union support, says ITF Arab World and Iran network Coordinator Mohamed Arrachedi.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“We had received many  calls from  the crew and, after some initial investigations, we began to work on the case in July as part of the ITF’s commitment to supporting seafarers get home, providing they’ve fulfilled all their contractual obligations.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“We started with the owners-managers and established contact with the Tunisian maritime authorities and the flag state administrations of Panama and Belize,” said Arrachedi.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>While Arrachedi was busy contacting the crew’s employers and relevant authorities, the ITF’s Arab World Office Regional Secretary Bilal Malkawi secured the Egyptian crew the support of Tunisian affiliate leaders Mohamed Turki and Noureddine Tabboubi. Both Turki and Tabboubi are of the Tunisian General Labour Union (General Secretary of UGTT-FNT and General Secretary of UGTT, respectively).</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Arrachedi, who deals with many abandonment cases across the Arab world, said he was alarmed about crew fatigue on board the Maridive vessels and the heavy work load the crew had been forced to continue beyond their initial contract length.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Arrachedi wrote to the Maridive Group fleet commander in July: “We are very worried on the psychological and physical effects this is having on the crew,”. “Fatigue can kill.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Arrachedi told the company and the flag state administrations that he was aware of the difficulties faced by companies in arranging crew change with so many government transit and travel restrictions. But, he said, seafarers could not be kept on board beyond their contracts and that employers had an obligation to repatriate seafarers upon completion of their contracts – however short or long.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In response, the company complained that all Tunisian airports remained closed and that their attempts to undertake a crew change for the Egyptians had been frustrated by Covid-19 restrictions. The Tunisian government had even refused to accept a fresh crew on a private charter jet, the company claimed.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Receiving no support from the Egyptian government and the seafarers exhausted physically and mentally due to the long stay on board, the ITF began looking further afield in the battle to get the stranded seafarers home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The breakthrough came via Malta, where a successful crew change took place through the port of Valletta, Malta. The crew were then repatriated to Alexandria, Egypt on 18 August.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>ITF Regional Secretary Bilal Malkawi said “The vessels were in Tunisia full of desperate seafarers.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“This is just one case of many, where the ITF has succeeded in assisting seafarers in the Arab world during this very challenging time.”  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Malkawi said crew change will remain a priority for the ITF and its affiliated unions worldwide during the pandemic, but that more cooperation  was needed from governments in the Arab World and globally to enable regular crew change through ports and airports.</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--48" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Wed, 09 Sep 2020 09:47:27 +0000 Rory_M 194898 at New labour laws a historic breakthrough for migrant workers in Qatar <span class="field-title">New labour laws a historic breakthrough for migrant workers in Qatar </span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Migrant%20workers.png?itok=FWFINYxZ" width="1690" height="1121" 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, 09/03/2020 - 14:36</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">New laws announced and adopted by the Government of Qatar represent a historic leap in the protection of migrant workers’ rights in the Gulf State. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">These new laws together with the removal of the exit permit system <a href=" ">earlier this year</a> effectively eliminates the kafala system of modern slavery.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">The latest labour reforms which include the introduction of a non-discriminatory minimum wage for migrant workers and also changes that allow all migrant workers to now freely leave their employers to change jobs or seek alternative employment is a historic breakthrough.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">ITF general secretary Steve Cotton commented: “The ITF welcomes this genuinely historic breakthrough for the protection of workers’ rights and congratulate the Qatari Government, the ILO and the global trade union movement for bringing about this change which will give workers more freedoms, more protections and promote decent work for all migrant workers in Qatar.” </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">“We have said previously that the dismantling of the kafala systems represents a sea change for all transport workers, in aviation, in ports, and in public transport – these reforms consolidate previous commitments.” </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">“The ITF will now continue to work with the Government of Qatar to guarantee to build labour and social protections for transport workers in line with international standards and best practice,” said Cotton.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">These commitments build on the agreement that the ITF signed in 2018 with Qatar’s Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (ADLSA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) Project Office in Qatar to ensure decent work for transport workers through the Technical Cooperation Programme between Qatar and the ILO (TCP).</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">Under the reforms announced on Sunday, 400,000 migrant workers will have a 33 percent increase in their wages. The minimum wage of QAR 1800 (USD 494) including food and accommodation will cover all workers, including domestic workers. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">As explained by the ITUC, the minimum wage for migrant workers’ and domestic workers has three levels depending on employer contributions:</span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">QAR 1000 with food and decent accommodation provided by the employer;</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">QAR 1500 with decent accommodation provided by the employer but without food;</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">QAR 1800 without accommodation or food provided by the employer.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow commented that the new laws adopted by the State of Qatar are a game changer in the protection of workers’ rights. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">“Qatar has regularised its industrial relations system and dismantled the systematic power imbalance between workers and employers. These changes are a break with the past and offer a future for migrant workers in Qatar underpinned by laws which respect workers, along with grievance and remedy systems,” said Burrow.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU">“The first non-discriminatory minimum wage in the Gulf States, based on cost of living evidence will see twenty percent of migrant workers in Qatar receive an increase in their wages. The new minimum wage will be applied regardless of the amount stated in a worker’s employment contract,” added Burrow.</span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--49" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Thu, 03 Sep 2020 13:36:27 +0000 Natalie 194897 at Kenya new crew change hub thanks to ITF <span class="field-title">Kenya new crew change hub thanks to ITF</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Kenya_webimage.png?itok=gO6CfcsQ" 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, 08/31/2020 - 09:58</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>On day one of Kenya’s new Covid-19 safe crew change guideline implementation<em>, </em>Betty Makena Mutugi, International Transport Workers’ Federation inspector (ITF) in Kenya, set her alarm for 4am to make sure she was at Mombasa’s port by 6am.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>She waited while two Ukrainian and one Romanian seafarer signed off the general cargo vessel MV Petra II at Alpha Logistics.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Are we going home,” they asked. “When? Today?”, one seafarer said as he jumped for joy.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Since 21 July 2020, over 100 seafarers have come down the gangway of 18 hulking cargo ships and one cruise line to board flights home at the port of Mombasa.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Each time crew embark and disembark they are so happy, so excited,” said Betty.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Some crew want to kiss her. She gives them her phone to call their families. She can hear them down the line shouting in delight.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>One of the dock workers came up and asked what was happening.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“When we do the lashing, we talk to the crew,” he said. “They are tired. They never smile. Now they are happy. I’ve never seen them laughing. What’s going on?”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b265ebe1-6594-454a-bcc6-d18b332a117a" height="1077" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/IMG_20200721_084412.jpg" width="807" class="align-center" /> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Betty said crew often request sleeping tablets and complained of stress and depression when they were in port during the pandemic. One seafarer told her it was like being in a prison. He had gone for months without leaving the ship. When he knew he was finally going home he thanked her and called her his hero. She said: thank ITF and the government of Kenya.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The ITF has been a key player every step of the way from the inception of the new IMO policy to its implementation. When Betty first received correspondence from London asking her to push Kenya to adopt the protocol, she was on the phone to relevant government officials the next day. She insisted that unions must be involved if it was going to work.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>All the key stakeholders – the Ministry of Transport, State Department of Shipping and Maritime Affairs, the Maritime Authority, Kenya Ports Authority, Kenya Coast Guard, Port Health, Public Health, Kenya Airways, the ITF, the Seafarers Union of Kenya, and the Kenya Ship Agent Association – worked together all day, without food and only water on the table, to reach an agreement on how the crew change should happen, she recalls.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Some of us had never met before,” she said. “When we left we all had each other’s contacts.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>So successful is the nation’s new crew change protocol that ships are changing course to come to the port. Since the adoption of <em>Guidelines on ships crew change and seafarers repatriation while observing measures to prevent transmission of COVID-19 </em>on 6 July, Mombasa has been processing up to three or four crew changes on some days.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Determined to make the system work, for the first four days Betty would be at the port by 6am. She would escort the seafarers to the airport to wave them goodbye.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>At first, there were troubles with the airlines and transfers. One seafarer got stuck in Dubai for days. Now most of them fly with Kenya Airways, but this is not compulsory.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Now that the protocol is working, Betty needs only to be copied into the relevant emails or make a quick phone call, she says.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b056e481-da3a-43fe-b448-dab25ddc7912" height="615" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/IMG_20200803_100356%20%281%29.jpg" width="823" class="align-center" /> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>How does crew change in Kenya work?</span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Crew leaving the ship at the Port of Mombasa must have a confirmed flight out of the country within 48 hours, required documentation and clearance by Port Health.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Crew board a dedicated vehicle which only crew from a single ship can share. Temperature checking is mandatory. Everyone must wears masks. But there is no quarantine for crew after leaving the ship - crew go straight to immigration to board their flight (or stay in a dedicated hotel overnight).</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Betty Makena Mutugi explains that “The government wanted to put the crew in quarantine, but I asked why they must be quarantined if they have been onboard for  more than six months? If they get clearance from public health, there is no need to quarantine them. Let them go home and self-isolate,” she said.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Crew arriving to relieve the ship (the ‘on-signers’) must all be in quarantine for 14 days and have a PCR COVID-19 negative test before flying in to Kenya. Their ship must be in port before they arrive.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Under Kenya’s rules, it is not only seafarers who have completed their contracts who can apply to go home under the guidelines. Injured crew or seafarers with compassionate grounds for repatriation can also apply, as can those who do not need a replacement.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Betty said the crew change exercises in Kenya has been successful to date due to support and collaboration with all stakeholders in the maritime industry in Kenya.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The IMO now reports that around 50 nations are implementing the crew change protocols.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ad7ef2cf-f89c-4ebf-af84-d78bc1d0f1bc" height="615" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/IMG_20200802_125906.jpg" width="820" class="align-center" /> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Kenya on the right track, but needs improvement - ITF</span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>However the policy is far from perfect, according to the ITF. One concern is the narrow window for the crew change to take place.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“The 48-hour window can sometimes prove unworkable and may cause problems in the future,” said Steve Trowsdale, ITF Inspectorate Coordinator.  “This has already been an issue in India and Singapore.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Coordinating crew change can be a very difficult thing, especially with such few flights and requiring a ship to be in harbour before relieving crew can enter the country can make it unworkable. What if a ship can’t make its expected arrival date due to mechanical failure, or because they’re required to alter course for medical assistance?”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The ITF’s campaign to educate governments on best-practice crew change protocols, including exemptions from travel and transit restrictions, is continuing. There are currently </span><a href=""><span>an estimated 300,000 seafarers trapped working aboard vessels</span></a><span> beyond their original contracts needing crew change.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="800972ad-231c-485e-8a19-c5c7fa688320" height="609" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/IMG_20200802_150700%20%281%29.jpg" width="812" class="align-center" /> <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--50" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Mon, 31 Aug 2020 08:58:56 +0000 Rory_M 194896 at Unions to continue lashing battle to achieve compliance with Non-seafarers’ Work Clause <span class="field-title">Unions to continue lashing battle to achieve compliance with Non-seafarers’ Work Clause</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Lashing2.jpg?itok=ZzmqJ5Qj" 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, 08/27/2020 - 17:57</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span>While the Court of Rotterdam’s decision today in the Netherlands is disappointing, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and the bodies’ affiliated unions today vowed to continue the battle to achieve compliance with the Non-Seafarers’ Work Clause.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The Dutch court unfortunately refrained from immediately ordering a shipowner and manning agents to comply with the Non-Seafarers' Work Clause, also known as the Dockers' Clause. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The ITF, ETF and the bodies’ affiliated unions Nautilus NL, FNV Havens and Ver.di have long challenged the industry to comply with the clause and stop exposing seafarers to additional workplace health and safety risks and stop depriving dockers of their valuable work.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Despite the decision to dismiss the unions’ </span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>preliminary request to prohibit the lashing by seafarers immediately in advance of the results of main proceedings</span></span><span><span>, unions believe that the agreement is clear that this cargo handling work must be undertaken by </span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>trained, experienced dockers when they are present; putting an end the dangerous practice of fatigued seafarers undertaking lashing. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>According to the verdict, urgency for interim relief as a result of the non-compliance indeed exists. However, the presiding judge was of the opinion that </span></span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>more extensive judicial review would be necessary to examine the several factual and legal questions, according to the ruling</span></span><span><span>. Disappointingly, the judge considered that the matter was too complicated for summary proceedings.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"><span>The case is the outcome of a joint effort by the unions</span></span><span><span>. The clause negotiated to finally bring in the necessary protections, came into effect on 1 January 2020, following an agreement in February 2018. The above unions joined forces to enforce this on 3 June 2020, filing preliminary relief proceedings against manning agents Marlow Navigation Netherlands B.V. and Marlow Navigation Company Limited (registered in the Netherlands and Cyprus respectively) and shipowner Expert Shipping B.V in the Netherlands. Five charterer companies later made an application to the Court to join these proceedings. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Following today’s verdict, the maritime unions will continue to fight for compliance with the Non-Seafarers’ Work Clause to see it enforced in full on all vessels with ITF collective agreements.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The maritime unions are now considering whether to instigate appeal on the preliminary decision or proceed to the pending main proceedings where the Court will extensively examine the matter.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>Media Contact: </span></span></strong><span lang="NL" xml:lang="NL">media[at]</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><em><span lang="NL" xml:lang="NL"><span>Note: Media contacts for other unions can be requested via the ITF contact above. </span></span></em></span></span></p> <p><br /> <span><span><strong><span><span>Notes to Editors</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><em><span><span>What is the Non-Seafarers' Work Clause?</span></span></em></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The clause is part of the </span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>International Bargaining Forum (IBF) agreement between the Joint Negotiating Group, representing ship owners, and the ITF, representing seafarers. </span></span><span><span>Those who employ seafarers have to adhere to the IBF Agreement in full, including the Non-Seafarers' Work Clause. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The clause 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. Comprehensive research has shown that it is safer when specifically, trained lashers carry out the cargo handling.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>More legal proceedings are expected to achieve full compliance with the Non-Seafarers' Work Clause. In the Netherlands, proceedings on its merits are pending.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Labour unions (of seafarers and dock workers) worldwide will continue to protect the interests of seafarers and dock workers.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><em><span><span>What does the clause actually say?</span></span></em></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-NZ" xml:lang="EN-NZ"><span>“Neither Seafarers nor anyone else on board whether in permanent or temporary employment by the Company shall carry out cargo handling services in a port, at a terminal or on board of a vessel, where dock workers, who are members of an ITF affiliated union, are providing the cargo handling services. Where there are not sufficient numbers of qualified dock workers available, the ship’s crew may carry out the work provided that there is prior agreement of the ITF Dockers Union or ITF Unions concerned; and provided that the individual Seafarers volunteer to carry out such duties; and those Seafarers are qualified and adequately compensated for that work. For the purpose of this clause “cargo handling services” may include but is not limited to: loading, unloading, lashing, unlashing, checking and receiving.” </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>About the ITF</span></strong><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></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--51" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Thu, 27 Aug 2020 16:57:37 +0000 barton_linda 194895 at Major new ANSP research forthcoming from international federations <span class="field-title">Major new ANSP research forthcoming from international federations</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Civil%20aviation%20-%20Edinburgh%20airport%20tower.png?itok=D85xtiLb" 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, 08/27/2020 - 13:05</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span>The Covid-19 pandemic is demonstrating the renewed importance of public services and infrastructure across our societies. As the bodies which manage our airspace, ANSPs play a critical role in both global health emergencies and more ordinary times. ANSPs ensure that airlines can transport goods and people quickly and safety across the world.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>However, there are growing concerns that the current financial and regulatory model for ANSPs is unsustainable.  With funding tied to airline operations, the collapse in demand due to Covid-19 has led many ANSPs into serious financial difficulties. Crucially, highly skilled workers are being laid off in order to cut costs, risking the permanent loss of expertise which the aviation sector needs to restart after the crisis.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>It is vital for the global economy that governments, businesses, unions and multilateral institutions work together on building a sustainable model for ANSPs. To this end, the international federations representing aviation workers worldwide are commissioning research to inform a new policy framework for air navigation.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), International Federation of Aeronautical Information Management Associations (IFAIMA), International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA) and International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Associations (IFATSEA) have already been cooperating during the Covid-19 crisis. In May they published a </span><a href=""><span>joint statement</span></a><span> calling on governments to provide immediate financial and regulatory support to ANSPs to support the emergency response effort.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Now, all four federations are keen to collaborate on determining the future of ANSPs. The new research is due to be completed by the end of the year and will be publicly available. Please get in touch with the ITF if you are interested in receiving a preview of the findings and recommendations.</span></span></span></span></p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--52" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Thu, 27 Aug 2020 12:05:53 +0000 james_b 194894 at Wizz Air dismisses four trade unionists in latest union-busting endeavour <span class="field-title">Wizz Air dismisses four trade unionists in latest union-busting endeavour</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Civil%20aviation%20-%20Wizz%20Air%20plane.png?itok=CBJzF6ct" 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, 08/26/2020 - 14:58</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span>Recent events in Wizz Air’s Kyiv base demonstrate what such anti-union attitude means in practice. In a workplace already fraught with management’s inappropriate behaviour in the time before COVID-19, the company has been using the pandemic as a handy excuse to get rid of certain workers while waging an aggressive anti-union campaign.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>It all started in May, when Wizz Air joined several other European airlines in using the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to worsen the working conditions of the staff. <strong>Cabin crew were forced to sign new contracts which included a significant pay cut –  a 25% reduction in basic salary and sector payments.</strong> </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>In an attempt to protect their rights, Wizz Air cabin crew in Kyiv formed a trade union on 17 May and notified local management on 22 May. <strong>Without ever responding to the announcement or acknowledging the union directly in any way, management launched an aggressive anti-union campaign.</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Different levels of Wizz Air’s management tried to persuade the employees that trade union membership can only hurt them, that the Kyiv base will close, and that everyone will be dismissed because the company doesn’t allow unions.<strong> </strong>A lot of this was done indirectly – local management has equipped itself with the strong support of lawyers and made sure that others spread these rumours. It was through figureheads (instructors, line trainers and few employees who are close to the base manager) that management spread lies about the union.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>These anti-union efforts escalated on 29 May, when an online conference was held with employees, top management and their lawyers. During the meeting, Diederik Pen, Wizz Air’s <span><span>Executive Vice-President and Group Chief Operations Officer,</span></span> said:</span></span></span></p> <blockquote> <p><span><span><span>We accept, and we even understand that some individuals will be disappointed, frustrated and even angry. And we also accept that some individuals have felt the need to hire lawyers even to start the legal battle and may even take other initiatives. It is their right. But at the same time, the company also has rights, and we will do everything within our power to vigorously protect your interests but also defend the company trust. We will do that in a manner that is just, fair and lawful; this means we may not be able to act immediately but rest assured the company will fight back. <strong>The company is legally not allowed to comment on such an initiative.</strong> We encourage every employee to be thoughtful and considerate that the company will always act in the best interest of the employees and the business. We have to act in the best interest of both of those together, which is not always easy, but we try our best. <strong>We hope that people will not get distracted by initiatives cooked up by shady lawyers and angry people</strong>.</span></span></span></p> </blockquote> <p><span><span><span>It is clear from the way he chose his words that he was briefed by lawyers on what he can and cannot say, and at the same time was trying to make clear that the company does not approve of the union activity. Even more, he decided to discredit everyone involved – the union members and their lawyers – by portraying them as “shady” and “angry” people.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>And while Pen held back in what he said to the employees, the CEO <span><span>József </span></span>Váradi failed to do so at another meeting in June. Top management and Wizz Air employees were present to receive an ultimatum by Váradi: <strong>either you stop the union, or we close the Kyiv base</strong>.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><a>Anti-union actions reached their highest point in the end of July, when </a>four workers were dismissed: Yuliia Batalina and Hanna Teremenko (head and deputy head of the union), Artem Tryhub (union council member), and Andriy Chumakov (union member). All of them had been Wizz Air employees for years. They were all hard-working crew members, as proven by their past evaluations and involvement in the company activities. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>All evidence points to the same conclusion - Wizz Air is trying to use COVID-19 as a convenient excuse to worsen working conditions and unfairly dismiss unionised workers.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>This is not the first time the company has tried to get away with discriminating against trade-unionists. In June 2015, the Romanian National Council for Combating Discrimination found Wizz Air guilty of dismissing 19 staff members due to their affiliation with a trade union. In its decision, the Council stated that the termination of the labour contracts of the union members was discriminatory and more importantly, this discrimination had the intention to stop the union movement, which is a grave offence. In July of the same year<a href="">, the court ordered the reinstatement of the cabin crew members</a> dismissed by Wizz Air. Additionally, in March 2019, the Supreme Court in Romania ruled that <a href="">Wizz Air was discriminating</a> against workers based on their trade union membership.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The Romanian case proves that Wizz Air is not above the law. Workers united in their struggle for their basic rights have won before, and they will do so again.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>ETF and ITF stand by the dismissed trade unionists in their fight for the right to organise. <strong>We call upon Wizz Air to reinstate the trade-unionists to their previous jobs, recognise their union, and enter into dialogue with workers’ representatives.</strong></span></span></span></p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--53" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Wed, 26 Aug 2020 13:58:12 +0000 james_b 194893 at Ukrainian seafarers caught in Kharatyan scam, but unions get them home <span class="field-title">Ukrainian seafarers caught in Kharatyan scam, but unions get them home</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Ukrainian%20seafarers%20caught%20in%20scam_webimage.png?itok=hgjCS5Eo" 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, 08/25/2020 - 12:10</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>On 12 August, the International Transport Workers’ Federation-affiliated Marine Transport Workers’ Trade Union (MTWTU) of Ukraine helped 6 Ukrainian seafarers return home after they were duped by a notorious fake manning agent.</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>At the beginning of July, 20 Ukrainian seafarers signed employment contracts through the Ukrainian manning agent Artur Kharatyan, the founder of Kharatyan Crew Management, to work onboard the ships MV Arif Kaptan and MV Rachel Borchard. Soon after signing the contract, the Kharatyan transported the crews to the Turkish city of Karasu, where they were supposed to join the ships there.</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>The seafarers were sent to a hotel in Karasu, waiting to board for their new tours. But that’s when things started to become suspicious. With each new day, the crew did not board their ships. Instead, the manning agent would tell them that crew change was just about to start – they would have to wait just a little bit longer.</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>Days became more than a week. A week became two. And then, suddenly, Artur Kharatyan broke the contact and switched his phone off. </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="904b3f68-6b0f-4d0d-9ea2-ea7a63f91983" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/60878369-c1e9-4ef3-b5b9-803fe375e12b%20%281%29.jpg" /> <figcaption>The potential crew waited for days as conman Kharatyan continued to promise them that they would join ships and begin their contracts. They never did.</figcaption> </figure> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>With no communication from Kharatyan and in a foreign port, the Ukrainian seafarers now found their problems mounting. Their accommodation at the hotel had not been paid, either by the shipowners or the manning agent, and after a while the seafarers discovered they had accumulated significant debts for room and board in Karasu. The hotel owner seized their travel passports to guarantee that the debt to him would be paid off. The seafarers were now stuck in Turkey.</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"><span><span>MTWTU </span></span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span><span>First Vice-Chairman Oleg Grygoriuk says that, before undertaking travel to join a ship, seafarers should use the various free websites and mobile apps available to look up the location of vessels and ensure what they are being told by manning agents and shipowners matches publicly available information.</span></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>“None of the seafarers thought to check the vessels or their location prior to signing contracts or travelling to Turkey. They would have known to do this if they sought advice from the MTWTU,” said </span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Grygoriuk.</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></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Afterwards, when the problem unfolded, our union contacted the owners of both ships to find out that neither of them had ever had any relations with Kharatyan Crew Management. Incredibly, the MV Arif Kaptan has been laid up and non-operational for three years already!”</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>Grygoriuk said that this was not the first time that </span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>seafarers have fallen victim to the “unscrupulous” Kharatyan.</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>“For several years now, criminal proceedings have been ongoing against this fraudster Kharatyan for extortion of seafarers, and taking bribes from them,” said Grygoriuk</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 makes this worse is that the 20 Ukrainian seafarers had to pay Kharatyan to enter the fake contracts, from USD 1,500 to USD 7,000 each.”</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>In early August, 14 of the seafarers returned home to Ukraine at their own expense. The remaining six were unable to pay accommodation debts to the hotel owner and recover their passports. Furthermore, many couldn’t afford to get home from Turkey.</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>“That was the time when the MTWTU asked the ITF for support,” said First Vice-Chairman Grygoriuk</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>Oleksandr Dimchev, Ukrainian Vice-Consul in Istanbul, successfully argued for and won a reduction in the crew’s accommodation debt.</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>“We immediately bought out the seafarers’ passports, having covered the accommodation debts. Money was sent to the crew to buy food and basic necessities and we booked the next available flight home. Given the crew had prepared to be months at sea, we bought extra baggage, and ensured they had transfers from the hotel to Istanbul airport and from Kiev Borispol airport to Odessa,” said Grygoriuk</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>By 12 August, the six seafarers had been safely returned to Odessa from Karasu.</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>“The conned seafarers now intend to join the other over 50 victims of the unscrupulous manning agent Kharatyan to seek help from law enforcement authorities to stop this man.”</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>One of the repatriated crew, Captain Oleg Lunyov, said he is thankful for ITF assistance but remains disappointed and angry at the way the seafarers were exploited by Kharatyan.</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>“Our crew really wanted to work; we trusted the people who promised us work and gave us hope in the most difficult times. On behalf of my, unfortunately, failed crew, I want to express my deep gratitude to the ITF,” he said. </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>“We saw the professional work of the ITF team and the help of the Ukrainian union.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /> <br />  </p> <figure role="group"> <img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="790d9f07-c2c8-41f9-bffb-2479df346a2c" height="474" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/IMG_0973.JPG" width="711" /> <figcaption>Ukrainian seafarers thank the ITF and the MTWTU for assistance and support to get them home after being tricked by a notorious fake manning agent.</figcaption> </figure> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>Cook Valeriy Rak, another affected seafarer, said “As for the very first voyage, that was a really bad, bitter experience, but what can I do? Thanks to the ITF, we are back. We wanted to make some money, but were unfortunate. It is rather difficult to find employment during this hard time – we would have taken any job.”</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>“Thanks to the ITF for being with us and for supporting us,” said Rak.</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>The story of the tricked crews has received wide publicity in local Ukrainian media, bringing attention to the issue of seafarer scams.</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>Reflecting on the case, the MTWTU’s Oleg Grygoriuk</span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span> said </span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>“We hope it serves as a cautionary tale for other seafarers to check out a potential place of work – a ship – before going anywhere or trusting suspicious intermediaries”.</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>“As always – contact your union. We don’t want to see you victimised or taken advantage of. We are here for you,” said Grygoriuk.</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--54" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Tue, 25 Aug 2020 11:10:36 +0000 Rory_M 194892 at ITF very concerned at Wakashio grounding, crew arrests <span class="field-title">ITF very concerned at Wakashio grounding, crew arrests</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Wakashino_web.png?itok=eQSWWPuE" 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, 08/21/2020 - 09:07</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), which represents 1.4 million seafarers, has today expressed growing concern at the Wakashio grounding situation and for the welfare of its crew.</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">The Japanese-owned ship beached along the Mauritius coast last week, and has begun to break apart, with oil now risking the pristine maritime environment.</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">Chair of the ITF’s Seafarers’ Section, David Heindel, said authorities and the public should not rush to blame the crew, but instead a proper investigation was needed, to take full account of contributing factors, including allegations that the ship had crew who were working beyond legal maximums.</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">“Whilst we await the outcome of the investigation, it is disturbing to read news of allegations that the crew of the Wakashio is responsible for the incident.”</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">“We are concerned at the arrest of the master of the Wakashio, Captain Sunil Kumar Nandeshwar, by the Mauritius authorities. And in recent days we have also heard of the possible arrest of the chief officer.”</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">“Like the rest of the global community, we are worried for the marine environment of Mauritius, and its fragile ecosystem, currently under threat by advancing oil. But anger for this tragedy is better directed at the factors which lead to such incidents, rather than the people who happen to be in the hotseat at the time the accident occurs.”</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">“It has been reported that most of the crew on the Wakashio were kept on board beyond their normal contractual terms. While it would be premature to speculate on the findings of ongoing investigations, it is appropriate to remember that during the present crew change crisis, we have warned of the threat to human life, property and the environment from an increasingly tired and fatigued global seafaring workforce.”</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 lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>Due to travel and transit restrictions introduced to combat the spread of Covid-19, the world’s governments have made it difficult, and often times almost impossible, for seafarers to get off ships and be relieved by fresh crew.”</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 find it disturbing that many of the same governments which are rushing to condemn our industry for this incident, are often the same governments which have turned a blind eye to the humanitarian disaster which may very well have caused this event in the first place.”</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 cannot have it both ways: if they are concerned about the accidents which may result from a tired and fatigued workforce, then they must be concerned about getting those seafarers off and replaced with a fresh crew.”</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, our affiliated seafaring unions, and employers in the industry, have all been pushing hard since February to educate governments on this escalating crisis.</span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">”</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">“Stakeholders within the maritime industry, the UN specialist agencies and the UN itself have warned the global community of the risks faced by ships whose sea worthiness certificates are extended and fatigued seafarers unable to be replaced. Detailed protocols have been developed to facilitate safe and secure crew changes, but even today only a handful of countries have taken leadership in providing safe passage to allow crew changes.”</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>“Most of the world’s governments have left hundreds of thousands of seafarers trapped aboard ships around the world for months because they refused them to return home when their employment agreements ended, in spite of the companies which employ them offering to organise very expensive charter flights for repatriation. The Republic of Mauritius is one such government which has refused to allow planes to land bringing even their own citizens home. When will they be held responsible for that?”</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>“Far too many governments have dragged their feet, attempted to shift blame to others, and have actively frustrated attempts by the industry to get seafarers to and from ships.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>“The tragedy of the Wakashio, its crew and the Mauritian people and environment is a reminder to us all of what can happen when tired and fatigued humans are expected to keep working indefinitely. It is not sustainable nor acceptable to have seafarers continue working to the detriment of their health and mental wellbeing: mistakes will happen. Accidents like this will happen!”</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" xml:lang="EN"><span>“It’s time for nations who rely on maritime trade; who value their marine environments; who cynically benefit from being a flag state but show no leadership when it counts: stand up. Do something. Or there is oil and blood on your hands, too,” said David Heindel.</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--55" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Fri, 21 Aug 2020 08:07:03 +0000 Rory_M 194891 at By refusing to work, more over-contract seafarers get off via Panama <span class="field-title">By refusing to work, more over-contract seafarers get off via Panama</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Marvin%20Confidence.png?itok=HS0VAs-L" 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, 08/21/2020 - 01:19</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">After recent success in helping the crew of the MV Contamines get off their vessel and be repatriated via Panama, the ITF has helped more seafarers get home to their families via the central American country.</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 ITF’s Chile-based inspector and </span><span>Latin America/Caribbean Network Coordinator, Juan Villalón-Jones, and ITF Inspector for Panama Luis Fruto, worked together this week to assist the entire crew of the Panamanian-flagged ‘MV Marvin Confidence’ to get off their ship and begin the journey home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="43240478-5ba2-4c7c-bf08-940b6b5f9474" height="497" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/IMG-20200814-WA0069.jpg" width="663" /> <figcaption>The crew of the Marvin Confidence in Panama, thanking the ITF for assistance in getting off the vessel (Source: ITF)</figcaption> </figure> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Some members of the Russian, Ukrainian and Georgian crew had been on board for longer than 10 months. Any further extensions to their contracts would put them, and the ship, in violation of the Maritime Labour Convention’s (MLC) 11-month limit. Under the MLC, seafarers have the right to be repatriated home following completion of their contracts, or to become passengers. In most circumstances, employers cannot compel crew to extend.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The journey home for the crew of the Marvin Confidence first began in late June, when Villalón-Jones was approached </span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">by Deacon Paul Rosenblum. Rosenblum is an Apostleship of the Sea Port Minister and Regional Coordinator for North America and the Caribbean. The Deacon wrote to </span><span>Villalón-Jones,</span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"> requesting assistance on behalf of the Marvin Confidence’s crew members, as the ship was near </span><span>Villalón-Jones’s native </span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Chile.</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 Deacon explained that not only were many of the crew working on expired contracts on board the Marvin Confidence (which is illegal), but there also seemed to be medical issues with at least one of them, which he thoughts deserved ITF attention. The Marvin Confidence was also lacking critical supplies needed by the crew, and elements of the vessel’s communications were not working, the Deacon said. All of this amounted to a very serious and potentially life-threatening situation for the crew on the ship.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Villalón-Jones explains, “</span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Once I checked the port schedule, I noticed the vessel was at anchored in Valparaiso, Chile, but with no request to dock.”</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">“I got in touch with the ship’s agent, and they assured me the vessel will receive supply while at anchor. But at that point there was still no request for medical assistance for the crew, and most of the lines of communications were still broken.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Villalón-Jones made contact with the crew to get more information and to start discussing their options with them. </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 crew member who needed medical attention informed me that he hadn’t requested a medical visit formally through the ship’s master, which is needed. So, I guided him in how to do it. I also explained to him that when it comes to repatriations in the current climate, the process was not a simple one.”</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">Under the global rules that govern seafarers’ employment and rights, the MLC, seafarers need to formally request repatriation from their ship at least two weeks in advance, through the master of the vessel.</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">“I told him the difficulties we are experiencing now with the crew change crisis. If a formal request for repatriation is made in line with the MLC, and is denied by the ship’s master or manning company, then we or Port State Control can enter the vessel. But crew need to bear in mind that these things take even longer due to Covid-19 restrictions and repatriation will depend on the availability of flights worldwide,” said </span><span>Villalón-Jones.</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">“When we spoke to the seafarer with the medical condition, we asked him what had been happening, how he felt, and how long he had been on board. He told us he has been over ten months on board, had signed two contract extensions already and he desperately wanted to go home.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Villalón-Jones then </span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">contacted the ship’s company and requested repatriation for the seafarer. </span><span>He said</span><span> even though the company was “quite friendly” in their response, like other firms caught in the middle of the crew change crisis, they claimed they didn’t have enough time to comply with the complicated Chilean protocols required for crew changes before the ship was due to leave port, continuing its run north.</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">Reflecting on the response, Villalón-Jones says, “If companies like this one took their responsibilities around crew change seriously, then they could have asked for the necessary information on Chile’s protocols well in advance and have been prepared to get their crew refreshed in a timely way.”</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 fact is that crew changes <em>can</em> be performed in Chile following a sanitary protocol. We have flights to and from important hubs in Europe and Asia via Miami or Sao Paulo,” said Villalón-Jones.</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">“Considering the company didn’t take this proactive approach and it seemed the unwell seafarer needed to get off fairly urgently, we helped them to see they could at least perform the crew change in Panama in a few days’ time. As the ITF, we are there to help companies be successful with crew change – our focus is all about the welfare of seafarers.”</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">Villalón-Jones says once the rest of the crew learned that repatriation in Panama was planned for some on board, others put up their hand to get off there.</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">Utilising the ITF’s network of dozens of inspectors worldwide, Villalón-Jones contacted his colleague Luis Fruto in Panama.</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">“I said to him: we haven’t been able to get these seafarers off the Marvin Confidence in Chile, but there is still hope they can disembark in Panama and be relieved by fresh crew. Can we make it happen?” said Villalón-Jones.</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">Fruto had </span><a href=""><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">recent success with a number of crew changes via his native Panama</span></a><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">, and Villalón-Jones had faith that Fruto would find success once more.</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 vessel began to make its way to Panama on course for a 23 July berthing. The company kept the ITF informed of their work with an agent there to assist with the repatriation. While things had looked promising at first, the company now started to make excuses and alternative plans. They said that in the event that a crew change was not possible in Panama, the crew would be returned to Chile. There, they said, crew changes would take place in the Chilean port of Lirquen.</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 reaction on board was not good. Why was the company now talking about deferring crew change yet again? Why were they not organised yet again? Would this go on forever?</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">After months at sea beyond their initial contracts, missing their loved ones and desperate to get home – the Marvin Confidence’s crew began to consider stronger action to enforce their right to get off.</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">Bad news also came the way of the unwell seafarer. He was told he was <em>not</em> ‘unfit for duty’, and therefore could not be considered for repatriation alongside most of the crew. After 10 months at sea already, he was distraught. </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">Finally, on August 11, the vessel arrived in Panama. The 11 crew members, keen to avoid another extension to Chile against their will, decided to send a letter to the Panamanian Maritime Authority stating that if crew changes were not done immediately, they would refuse to work – and the ship would stop moving.</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">Among the crew to stand up and draw a line in the sand were the master, chief officer, second officer, chief engineer, third engineer, electrical engineer, the bosun, the fitter and the chief cook.</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">Inspector Luis Fruto explains, “This was a crew who had had enough. They completed their initial contracts, then they were persuaded to extend and extend by their employer. But here they were on a Panamanian-flagged ship, in Panama, and asking to finally go 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">“It is the responsibility of the ship’s company and their agents to prepare for crew change – Covid protocols are no excuse not to be organised. In this situation it is not the crew’s fault – so why must they pay the price of an extension?”</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">Finally, on August 14, 2020, Fruto received a call from the AMP Seafarers Director, informing him that all of the Marvin Confidence’s crew had received tickets to go home, including the unwell seafarer.  Fruto met them at the airport and wished them well. They thanked the ITF inspector and his colleagues for the help and support.</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">“It was great to see the smiles on their faces after such an uncertain, stressful time,” said Fruto.</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 lesson from these crew change stories is simple: when seafarers stand up for their rights to get off a ship following their contracts and be repatriated – the ITF will stand with them. Crew change is possible in countries like Panama – but seafarers have to be willing to take the opportunity.”</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">With more seafarers refusing to extend and enforcing their right to stop working upon completion of their contracts, the ITF believes the crew change crisis has the potential to start disrupting international trade.</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--56" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Fri, 21 Aug 2020 00:19:20 +0000 Rory_M 194890 at IBF calls for action on Gulf of Guinea piracy <span class="field-title">IBF calls for action on Gulf of Guinea piracy</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Guinea%20Piracy.png?itok=_JOnN5ZZ" 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, 08/19/2020 - 11:10</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span>International Bargaining Forum (IBF) Warlike Operations Area Committee Statement on piracy in the Gulf Of Guinea </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>The history of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea dates back decades, but it is only in the past few years that the criminal model has taken a more sophisticated and violent turn. The growing number of attacks and successful kidnappings in the area is of serious concern to the international shipping community. The ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) recently reported that 77 seafarers were kidnapped or taken hostage for ransom since January 2020. IMB further reported that the Gulf of Guinea off West Africa is increasingly dangerous for commercial shipping and accounts for around 90% of maritime kidnappings worldwide.</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>On 11 August 2020, the Joint Negotiating Group (JNG) representing maritime employers and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) representing seafarers’ unions held a virtual International Bargaining Forum (IBF) Warlike Operations Area Committee (WOAC) to discuss the rise in violent attacks against ships and their crew in 2020. The vast majority of the attacks or attempted attacks have occurred far beyond 12 nautical miles both east and west off the coast of Nigeria, ranging between 20 and 200 nautical miles.</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 safety and security of seafarers is a top priority and as responsible maritime social partners, the JNG and ITF regularly monitor and discuss potential High Risk Areas (HRA). The IBF WOAC agreed that the issue in the Gulf of Guinea warrants serious concern and there is a need to gather further intelligence on where attacks and attempted attacks have occurred since January 2020 in order to discuss potential changes to the current IBF designation.  </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>During a World Maritime Security Conference held in Nigeria in October 2019 </span></span><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>the president of Nigeria insisted that the security and protection of maritime transport are fundamental for the development of seamless trade and effective economic integration. The conference also agreed a declaration that requested the nations in the region allocate more financial and logistical resources to the strengthening of national navies and coastguards currently fighting crime at sea. </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"><span>JNG and ITF strongly support the declaration and urge the Coastal States to commit to increasing their cooperation and collaboration in order to resolve this serious situation, which cannot continue as it</span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span> is detrimental to the entire maritime industry and the Coastal States themselves. </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>During the IBF WOAC meeting, the ITF also requested the Committee consider steps to address the escalating risk emanating from the breakdown of a sustainable system for crew change worldwide because of the blanket restrictions imposed by governments as a reaction to Covid-19. Specifically the ITF is of the opinion that ports where governments refuse seafarers to sign off should be designated HRA since mentally and physically fatigued crew that are forced to work for over 11 months constitute a high risk to the seafarers lives and the environment.</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 IBF WOAC agreed that the lack of effective crew change around the world is a risk and agreed to consider the request and its potential implications. ITF members of the IBF WOAC maintained its position and that ITF, its affiliated unions and its inspectorate would continue to assist seafarers that have finished their contracts and want to return home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <section id="node-news-field-comment--57" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Wed, 19 Aug 2020 10:10:57 +0000 Rory_M 194889 at Stranded seafarers fly home from Brazil <span class="field-title">Stranded seafarers fly home from 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_0.png?itok=rc6gIirl" 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, 08/19/2020 - 06:05</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Eight weeks in limbo, without pay and facing starvation, far from home in the Bay of São Sebastião, Brazil, 14 seafarers from Ukraine and Montenegro are finally back with their families thanks to the ITF. And they’re home with US$261,009 backpay in hand.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In July, Renialdo de Freitas reported that, as ITF Inspector in Brazil, <a href="">he had made contact with the crew and was working with government authorities to recover wages</a>. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>We can now share with you the inside story on the trials and tribulations of the crew of the Srakane<em>.</em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>de <span>Freitas first picked up an SOS from </span>chief officer Nikita Pavlenko* onboard the Srakane after it arrived in Salvador from Morocco in April.</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><span><span><span><span><span><span>“We drop anchor today (20 April), morning time,” Pavlenko emailed.  “Five crew members have not received salary for six months and don’t want to continue job.  All contracts finished. We await your help.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>de Freitas asked if the vessel had deficiencies so it could be detained in a Brazilian port under local laws and the Maritime Labour Convention. Pavlenko alerted him to problems with the crane, hatch covers and navigation bridge equipment.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The 34-year-old general cargo vessel had been stuck in Salvador a month undergoing repairs and refuelling. Crew were anxious about supplies running low and money not reaching their families. Chief Officer Pavlenko was suffering migraines at the stress.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“My headaches are only increased every day. I constantly take pills,” he later wrote.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Panamanian flag of convenience vessel next headed south.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I’m monitoring the vessel’s position,” de Freitas wrote to the crew. “I am ready to contact the port authorities of São Sebastião. I have already advised Claudio Tarifa (Labour inspector, Brazil) the owner, and the port authorities.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I have asked for urgent measures to provide food/provisions to the ship.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>When the Srakane arrived in the Port of São Sebastião on 1 June, De Freitas drove four hours down to meet the crew.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Pavlenko says the captain threatened them not to say anything. The captain blamed the crew for calling the authorities.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The master was one of only two Croatians on board the ship, which is named after an island in Croatia’s Adriatic sea and owned by a Croatian company.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I’m told they had a bit of a fight and Pavlenko locked himself in his cabin,” said de Freitas.</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><span>The ITF Inspector advised the crew to stay calm in the face of any further provocation or harassment, and not leave the vessel before their wages were paid.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Otherwise all of you could lose everything,” he wrote.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The crew made it clear they would take a stand<span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“We are already tired of this mockery of our families,” one crew member wrote. “Many of our relatives require medicinal attention and we cannot even provide for our children.”</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><span>“Who else should we inform that our rights are violated, not only as sailors, but also as people,” he added, calling on the President of Ukraine for help.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Brazil has been a signatory to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) since November 2019, and government authorities decided that on this occasion it was important to enforce it.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Brazilian Navy helped resupply the vessel. A task force made up of officials from the ministries of Labour, Justice, Social Security, federal police and the Navy was put together.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The owners representative was given a deadline of 16 June.  When that date passed, the ship was detained as a guarantee of the wages and other monies owed.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>de Freitas then worked with the government prosecutor by video conference to help mount the case against the ship’s owners, managers and charterers.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The ITF was preparing to claim abandonment, abuse and poor vessel maintenance under the MLC.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>After finding the men on board had gone without their salaries for between four and 11 months, Brazilian Labour inspector Claudio Tarifa reported serious violations of human and labour rights to the Ukraine Consulate General. He said some crew members had not even received their pay owed from previous contracts.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“There is no other way for the crew to try to provide for themselves and to honour the basic needs of their dependents,” Tarifa reported. “The unpaid crew member becomes vulnerable and fragile. There is no option, there is no way to get off the ship, there is no way to act.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Back in the homeland of the majority of the seafarers of the Svkrane, the ITF was also making noise. ITF Inspector Nataliya Yefrimenko spoke out:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Their employer is breaking their obligations, and that will be having a large impact on families back home who rely on those wages.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The ship’s operator, Oceans Wide Ltd, and the employer pleaded financial difficulties due to the Covid-19 crisis.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>While the pandemic has had a large impact on the global seafaring workforce and some shipping routes, most cargo has continued to move. The crew change crisis is affecting seafarers unable to join and leave ships – but it has not yet affected shipping companies or the supply of goods. In any case, the crew of the Srakane had gone unpaid for months before the pandemic hit.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>de Freitas said the ITF was wary of letting employers ‘off the hook’ for cheating crew of their wages due to Covid-19. Under the MLC, if a ship’s owner cannot pay, then other parties including charterers can become liable.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Brazilian authorities worked tirelessly to find a solution to get the foreign crew of the Srakane home, and paid their wages.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Then, on July 4, came a breakthrough.  A local businessman, João Carlos Camisa Nova Junior, of agribusiness CBA Exportação de Produtos Agrícolas Ltd, agreed to sub-charter Seachois Ltd for the Srakane to ship soyabeans to Europe. This raised US$300,000 up front and was more than enough to settle the crew’s wages and repatriation costs.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Both he and charterer Seachios signed a Conduct Adjustment Terms – CBA signing as guarantor. Seachois then arranged to employ a local Brazilian crew to take over the Srakane, enabling a crew change to go ahead abd the Ukrainian and Montenegrin crew then able to fly home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>After repairs were made the vessel was released from detention. The Srakane was back in business ready to ship goods from Port of São Sebastião across the Atlantic to Europe.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>As well as receiving all wages owning, each seafarer was provided their airfares, transfers, medical care, accommodation and meals for the journey. They also each received US$400 for any out-of-pocket costs on the journey.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Three crew suffering stress were the first returned home on July 18, alongside a cadet from Montenegro.  The final 12 remaining seafarers followed on on 26 July and 30 July.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The second officer and captain of the Srakane are expected to disembark after the ship arrives in the next port.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Upon arriving in the Ukraine chief officer Pavlenko wrote to ITF inspector de Freitas back in Brazil: “Thank you very much for your huge efforts and titanic work…All crew received money.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The men of the Srakane were home. And paid.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p>-</p> <p><em><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>*not his real name.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></em></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> <section id="node-news-field-comment--58" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Wed, 19 Aug 2020 05:05:53 +0000 Rory_M 194888 at National Express <span class="field-title">National Express</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <a href="/en/campaigns/national-express" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/spotlight/public/node/campaign/image/nex.jpg?itok=5hrKoqCl" width="720" height="470" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </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, 08/18/2020 - 11:16</span> <div class="field-field_main_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/node/campaigns/main-images/nex-agm.jpg" width="1690" height="1127" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field-field_about_campaign"> <div>About campaign</div> <div><p><span><span>National Express Group is a public transport operator with bus, coach and rail services in the UK, Continental Europe, North Africa, North America and the Middle East.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>ITF affiliated unions represent workers in each of the company’s 7 countries of operation. The ITF coordinates a network of unions organising within National Express and has supported unions in winning Memorandum of Understanding with the company in North America.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>As National Express expands its operations and continues to grow in countries like Morocco, and Bahrain, the relationship between the company (including its subsidiaries) and the respective trade unions grows more important.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>The ITF is concerned to hear reports that the relationship between local management and the unions in the Middle East is not comparable to the relationships in other countries and workers have reported anti-union behaviour. The ITF is working with the network of unions organising in National Express to resolve issues and uphold the company to global standards.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>As multinational employer, it is important National Express operates in a manner that respects and promotes workers’ rights wherever they are present, in particular in relation to the Core Labour Standards as defined by the United Nations International Labour Organisation (ILO) namely;</span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span>The right to organise and belong to a trade union – ILO Convention 87;</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>The right to bargain collectively – ILO Convention 98, 135;</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>The right to work in a safe and healthy environment – ILO Convention 155;</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>A commitment not to use Forced or Bonded Labour ‐ ILO Conventions 29, 105;</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>A commitment not to use Child Labour – ILO Conventions 138, 182;</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>A commitment to non‐discrimination – ILO Conventions 100, 111</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span>This obligation is reinforced by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the revised OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises, which clarify that MNC’s are responsible for <em>avoiding </em>adverse impacts and <em>addressing </em>those with which they are involved through their supply chains and business relationships<strong>. </strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>The ITF continues to monitor the situation in Morocco and Bahrain. </span></span></p></div> </div> <section id="node-campaigns-field-comment--2" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> <div class="field-field_related_content"> <div>Related content</div> 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But behind the glossy marketing, lies a very different story, XPO workers around the world have reported issues including discrimination, wage theft, sexual harassment, attacks on freedom of association and serious health and safety concerns resulting in injury and even death. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>The XPO Global Campaign is led by, a coalition of unions representing<strong> </strong>XPO workers globally. Collectively they are called the XPO Global Union Family. 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Copy and paste reports about your activities or planed campaigns here.</div> </div> <div class="field-field_spread_the_word_text"> <div>Spread the word text</div> <div>Share this page and spread the word with your friends and contacts on social media.</div> </div> Tue, 18 Aug 2020 09:57:43 +0000 barton_linda 194883 at Only a new deal can save aviation <span class="field-title">Only a new deal can save aviation </span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/COVID19%20Safe%20aviation%20Global.png?itok=x_hlcfAN" 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">Wed, 08/12/2020 - 10:32</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span>The aviation industry is being hit by a second wave, and we are already experiencing the aftershocks with thousands of job losses throughout the industry. The ITF is urgently calling for a new deal for aviation workers based on relief, recovery and reform. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>At the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic we set out our 10 key demands for governments and employers, and an ITF survey of affiliates has shown that a majority of our affiliates have achieved many of these for their members, but often only for a temporary period of time. Now the full economic impact of Covid-19 is being felt, many of the initial support mechanisms provided to save jobs, support workers and safeguard the industry are starting to dry up leaving the industry in a desperate fight for survival. We again call on governments and employers to adopt our key demands.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>All parties need to help the industry recover. This must include workers, employers, regulators and states.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Workforce impact</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>In this case, the second wave is not Covid-19 but the threat to the employment of hundreds of thousands of workers throughout the global aviation industry. Almost every day another announcement hits the headlines somewhere about an airline laying off workers or facing financial disaster. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>At a time when aviation is playing such a critical role in helping us all against the worse effects of the pandemic it is hard to take. Our affiliates, and your members, have stepped up and done their bit to support us all, now we need to repay them by doing the same.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Saving aviation, and all of the jobs and communities so heavily reliant on air travel will not be a quick fix; the industry needs major reform in order to be sustainable in the long-term. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>But first we must focus on immediate relief to stop the loss of highly skilled workers critical to maintaining the infrastructure needed for the industry to bounce back. The potential footprint of job losses goes way beyond just aviation itself, with aerospace and tourism jobs highly reliant on the sector as well.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>If we want passenger confidence to return, it is also vitally important that workers in the sector feel safe; that’s why ITF have set out clear conditions for a safe return to the skies. </span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Conditional financial support</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Governments need to extend schemes that were put in place at the beginning of the crisis in order to allow the sector to bounce back. Corporate financial relief must also be conditional on long-term reform. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Developing national task forces that include all stakeholders as equal partners is a good starting point. Ensuring that vital workers are not the casualties of the crisis must be the priority, with the protection of jobs and terms and conditions as central pillars of financial relief packages. Workers must also be put before profit, and any benefits lost by workers must be restored before shareholder payouts or CEO pay increases when airlines transition back to profit.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>The industry must also receive access to conditional financial support that encourages fleet renewal including the scrapping of older aircraft to be replaced by newer, cleaner and more efficient models. Reducing the environmental footprint of the aviation industry is a goal shared by all of the major stakeholders and achievable with the right foresight and planning.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Aviation ecosystem</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>It is vital that the aviation ecosystem is fit for purpose if the industry is to bounce back. The safety of airports and infrastructure will be critical in growing passenger confidence moving forward. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>The coronavirus pandemic has served to highlight the pit falls of deregulation and privatisation in airports with many governments considering renationalisation or similar in order to protect passengers, jobs, the ability to travel and maintain essential supply chains. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Building the new infrastructure that is required to support the transition to a more environmentally friendly industry will need major long-term capital expenditure. These newer, or rebuilt, airports will be a vital component in reducing the risk of future pandemics to passengers as the latest knowledge and experiences can be integrated into the design. Workers’ capital will have a major role to play in the development of these projects. </span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Systems integration</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>As Covid-19 has impacted on our industry, ITF has been seeking out strategic partners who also share a desire to campaign to save our industry and ensure a safe return for workers and passengers alike. The foundations for a successful return of the industry must be built on a solid base and the recognition that without a highly skilled workforce the industry will not recover. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>We will continue to build relationships and work with those organisations willing to commit to our vision of a new deal for aviation based on relief, recovery and reform.</span></span></p> <p> </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--59" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 09:32:08 +0000 Natalie 194877 at ITF welcomes new ships to Liverpool, but warns Atlantic Container Line over crew change <span class="field-title">ITF welcomes new ships to Liverpool, but warns Atlantic Container Line over crew change</span> <div class="field-field_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_main/public/node/news/image/Liverpool%20WebImage.png?itok=XTwhQMme" 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, 08/08/2020 - 05:51</span> <div class="field-body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">Liverpool is home to a number of ships adopting the United Kingdom flag in a sign that the island nation could once again claim its place as a maritime leader. But shipping companies will need to do more to uphold the UK’s reputation amidst the crew change crisis, says the International Transport Workers’ Federation’s Inspector Tommy Molloy.</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">In October 2016 the Port of Liverpool celebrated the flagging of a new ship belonging to Atlantic Container Line (ACL) to the UK register. It was one of five ships which were registered in the Port of Liverpool. Britain’s Princess Anne visited the port to christen the newest vessel, the Atlantic Sea, </span><a href=""><span>at the time</span></a><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">. It was the first time in the last 50 years that a member of the Royal Family had christened a vessel in the port. ACL Managing Director Ian Higby said “Few ships have carried the city’s famous name in recent years, and it is good to see it back where it belongs”.</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">But Tommy Molloy says ACL must act on the current crew change crisis to get its seafarers home, if the company is to live up to the standards of the UK flag and the uphold Liverpool’s reputation as a world-class port.</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">“The company has had a decent reputation in the past and the seafarers have valued their employment with them. But you have to be concerned when crew contact you anonymously begging for help to get them repatriated to their homes and families whilst remaining too scared to reveal their identities. Seafarers on board Atlantic’s ships are clearly worried about the repercussions they would face for refusing to continue to work once their contracts have finished,” said Molloy.</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">Under the Maritime Labour Convention, a seafarer has a right to stop working and be returned home at the employer’s expense once their contract has finished. The maximum a seafarer can be on board for is 11 months.</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">But exercising that right has become difficult, even impossible, for 300,000 seafarers whom the </span><a href=""><span>ITF estimates</span></a><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"> are trapped working aboard the world’s vessels. Another 300,000 seafarers are unemployed, waiting desperately to relieve those still on ships. The primary causes for the ‘crew change crisis’ are closed borders by port states, transit countries and the home countries of seafarers; as well as a lack of available flights.</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">Molloy says many seafarers across the industry won’t speak out for fear of not being re-employed and feel they have no option but to sign further and further extensions to their original contracts, even if doing so breaks the domestic and international rules.</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">Often, the ITF has to become involved to ensure seafarers’ rights are upheld. In the case of the Atlantic Container Line, Molloy had to untangle a web of ownership and contracting entities in order to help the mostly-Filipino crew enforce their right to get off. </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">“The owners of the vessel are listed as being situated in USA, the registered owners are in Sweden, the parent company is in Italy, and the managers are in Monaco. I contacted a number of them on 6 July to ask if they would be replacing those crew who had exceeded contracts when the vessel arrived in Liverpool, the ship’s home port,” said Molloy.</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">In an email, Molloy told the company that the UK considered seafarers to be key workers and that there were no impediments preventing crew from signing off in Liverpool. The company said that there were difficulties with organising flights into and out of the Philippines.</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">“They told me they had tried and failed to source flights from the UK to Manila. I found and sent them details of available, albeit expensive, flights from Manchester and London and told them they had many options for replacing those seafarers – there are 300,000 around the world waiting to get contracts,” said Molloy.</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">“They told me this would not be possible due to operational and vessel familiarisation issues and would be unsafe. I reminded them that the industry was collectively screaming at uncooperative governments for allowing the unsafe situation of crew on board way beyond the expiration of their contracts. Some of these seafarers haven’t been ashore in a year – how safe can that be?,”</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">Thanks to the ITF’s efforts, on 19 July five crew signed off the vessel in Liverpool and were relieved by Bulgarian seafarers, who then crewed the ship.</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">Molloy says that the Filipino off-signers stayed in hotel for a number of days before taking flights home to see family they had been missing for months.</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">But sadly, not all the crew felt confident enough to risk the ire of their employers by asking for repatriation. Molloy reveals that the ACL vessel departed Liverpool for Canada with a number of Filipino crew who have been on board for almost 15 months, far longer than their originally contracted nine months.</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">Molloy explains “They had contacted ITF head office in London, and our Inspectors in Germany, Antwerp and Liverpool, begging us to get them off. But they did so anonymously, without revealing who they were. Unfortunately, we need seafarers to openly request their repatriation. That’s the only way we can help get them off in ports like Liverpool and ensure they get home.”</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">“The fact that these seafarers were too scared to put up their hands to stop working and request to go home is of great concern to the ITF. It also concerns us that some companies may be using the logistical difficulties of the current crisis to make excuses for not doing crew change,” said Molloy.</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">“We understand that flights are expensive right now, and that’s why are advocating for more to be made available with the help of governments. But expensive flights are no reason to delay repatriation in the hopes that they become cheaper. Employers have responsibilities under the Maritime Labour Convention to get seafarers home after they’ve finished their contracts – and employers are still making money during this pandemic. Delaying further would be a slap in the face to seafarers after the loyalty and patience they have shown throughout this crisis.”</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">“We know the impact that being trapped working aboard these vessels is having on the mental and physical health of seafarers. It’s not acceptable nor sustainable to have them separated from their families – often without communication facilities – for far longer periods than they originally agreed to. I would suspect that suicide is now the main cause of seafarer fatality. Employers need to take every chance they have at repatriating and relieving their crew, before it’s too late,” said Molloy.</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--60" class="field-field_comment"> <div id="comments"> </div> </section> Sat, 08 Aug 2020 04:51:51 +0000 Rory_M 194871 at 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="">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--61" 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--62" 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--63" 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--64" 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--65" 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--66" 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--67" 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--68" 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--69" 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--70" 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--71" 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--72" 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--73" 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--74" 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--75" 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--76" 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--77" 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">4 months 2 weeks 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">4 months 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--78" 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--79" 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 months 3 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 months 3 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">4 months 3 weeks 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">4 months 3 weeks 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">4 months 2 weeks 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">4 months 2 weeks 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--80" 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 months 3 weeks 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--81" 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--82" 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> <h2>Comment</h2> <div id="comments"> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-54996" class="js-ajax-comments-id-54996 js-comment" about="/en/comment/54996" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1600222071"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">maria gusto</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>WOW...What a Great Testimony....I am by name Maria Gusto from USA, i want to use this opportunity to thank the Great DR.balbosa for helping in getting my Ex husband back to me, i have been in great pains until the day i contacted DR on, or TEXT on +2347048047728.he gave me a lasting solution and told me to wait for just 12 hours so that my Ex husband will call me and i did according to the instructions given to me by him and surprisingly, before 12 hours, my Ex husband really called me and started apologizing for all he had caused me.I am the happiest Woman on earth today because Dr.balbosa has done wonderful deeds in my life and I will continue to share this testimony, you can contact him also for help on his Email; and Number on +2347048047728.Good Luck...</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=54996&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="lCNuBfbpqwEzTkr50NqV-xQPx1Jg2WNae-TCx0qdapA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </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--83" 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--84" 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 months 3 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">4 months 3 weeks 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> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-54295" class="js-ajax-comments-id-54295 js-comment" about="/en/comment/54295" typeof="schema:Comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1597187107"></mark> <footer> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:name" datatype="">أحمد </div> <div class="c-comment-created">3 months 3 weeks ago</div> <div class="c-comment-body"> <div property="schema:text" class="field-comment_body"><p>هل يسمح تبديل الطاقم في تونس</p> </div> </div> <div class="c-comment-links"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=54295&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="rQwR1TGV3RjJNhe09dFxcMNjDhmJFEfMZ_mYMR3_Jm8"></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--85" 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 months 3 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--86" 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--87" 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--88" 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--89" 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="