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Unions sign major agreement to improve terms and conditions

Around 8,000 maritime workers in Nigeria will benefit from a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) signed by two unions.

The Nigerian Merchant Officers and Water Transport Staff Association and the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria signed the CBA with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency.

The unions represent seafarers, inland waterway workers and fishers who will see improved terms and conditions.

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International Bargaining Forum

The International Bargaining Forum (IBF) is the forum that brings together the ITF and the international maritime employers that make up the Joint Negotiating Group (JNG).

Press Release
Press Release

California AB 5 law: now we need a global law for ‘gig’ workers

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is calling for the new AB 5 law in California to be the inspiration for global rules that protect ‘gig’ workers, and all workers, from exploitation and abuse, and deliver them their basic rights. 

AB 5 makes it hard for employers to misclassify workers as independent contractors. Companies typically do this as a means of avoiding their duty to provide basic rights, such as minimum pay, sick pay, overtime pay and paid leave.

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What should a union do?

The purpose of a trade union is to represent the interests of its members. It may do this in a variety of different ways.

Where a trade union is recognised by an employer it may engage in collective bargaining, that is to say negotiating with that employer for an agreement governing wages and working conditions. Some unions provide other services such as legal advice and representation for members. Where necessary, unions may organise strikes or other industrial action.

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Join an ITF union

The best way to ensure that your rights at work are protected is to join a union.

Union members generally have higher wages than workers who are not members of a union. Union members also tend to have better working conditions, shorter working hours and better health and safety. Union members are better protected against unfair treatment at work.

The ITF has over 650 member unions, nearly 200 of which represent seafarers. Our seafarers’ unions are spread across almost 100 countries worldwide, bringing together over 650,000 seafarers, both officers and ratings

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Union ships are happier

The results of a major survey (2006) on the working conditions aboard car carrier vessels have provided some useful, if unsurprising data for seafarers’ rights campaigners. Erol Kahveci reports…

The message from 627 non-officer-ranked seafarers, or ratings, surveyed over the past two years in a major international study is clear: seafarers feel happier, healthier and more valued when employed on national carriers than on flag of convenience (FOC) ships.

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The importance of joining a union

Evgeniy Hizhyak, chief technical labour inspector of the Seafarers’ Union of Russia (SUR), describes the importance for seafarers of joining a trade union:

"I have been a member of the SUR since 1991 and took part in organising this union, which provides help and support for seafarers both in Russia and abroad. The union assists its members in claims for compensation following injury or death, solves any problems about receiving money owed to them in unpaid contractual wages and fights for decent pay.

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