UNITED WE ARE STRONGER!

The Marine Transport Workers’ Trade Union of Ukraine is a national trade union uniting more than 75,000 members: seafarers, workers of ports, ship repair plants and enterprises of State Hydrography, professors, cadets and students of maritime educational institutions.

UNITED WE CAN DO ANYTHING!

The MTWTU main task is to protect labor and social-economic rights of its members.

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Our mission -

is to defend the interests of the Union members, despite of all odds

The main objectives of the MTWTU are to promote labor rights protection, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.

Michael Kirieiev MTWTU Chairman

Our advantages:

Experience

Since 1992, we have been working for the benefit of our members, and since 1993 the MTWTU has been a member of the International Transport Workers’ Federation – the ITF

Development

We do not stand still but evolve dynamically, setting more and more new goals

Reliability

Being the only maritime ITF affiliate in Ukraine, we are always ready to stand up for the rights of our Union members

Competence

Most often, work requires us to be sensitive and confidential. We do more than announce, and our motto is “Actions, not words”

Confidence

We are proud to have earned the trust of 75,000 Union members and their families with our honest work

Transparancy

We are always open to our members, employers and public authorities, as well as to anyone concerned with the well-being of Ukrainian transport workers

Principles

We will not make concessions if this contradicts the interests of our members, and we will fight for what we believe in

Solidarity

We are part of the global solidarity movement of transport workers, where everyone is there for each other

What they say about us:

Being born on the same day as the Trade Union is an incredible honor for me. I wish the MTWTU prosperity, progress, conquest of new heights, the strongest authority !!! And its employees health, inspiration, faith in their own strengths and the implementation of all plans! You really feel protected.

Vladimir Mazurovich 3 rd Officer, MTWTU member

What they say about us

Thank you for everything. I was met so pleasantly that it is a real joy for me to come here again and again. I am happy to be the MTWTU member!

Daniil Velichko 3rd Officer, MTWTU member

What they say about us

As for future seafarer it is extremely important for me to be a part of the Union. Now I have an opportunity to take part in the educational seminars and learn something new and important for my career.

Stanislav Sandu NU "OMA" cadet, Automation faculty, MTWTU member

What they say about us

For me, the Union is, first of all, protection and confidence in the future. Nowadays, it is important to be sure that there is someone behind your back. Thank you for everything you do for us, and I wish you development and prosperity! Спасибо за то, что вы делаете! Процветания и развития нашему Профсоюзу.

Artem Mamontov Dock-engineer, Mariupol Sea Port, MTWTU member

What they say about us

With the MTWTU our cadets' life became more bright and exciting.

Yana Maydanyuk NU "OMA" cadet, Automation faculty, MTWTU member

What they say about us:

Our Union is one of the few organizations which supports seafarers both onboard and on shore on the day-to-day basis. Being at the sea we are sure that in case of any necessity the MTWTU is ready to protect our rights. Our families also highly appreciate the MTWTU attention, and they are happy to attend events organized by the MTWTU while we are at work.

Aleksei Kostromin 3rd Engineer, MTWTU member

What they say about us:

I am amazed at the huge work which is being done by the MTWTU today not only for seafarers, but also for our families. Unfortunately, we are not in the habit of any organisations doing good things for people with no self-serving purposes. In my opinion, our Union is on the right track. Develop, grow and stay close, as it is extremely important for us!

Nikita Kaplenko Cadet, MTWTU member

What they say about us:

Only the MTWTU is ready to fight for out rights and for the efficient wages for Ukrainian seafarers, to organize all these exciting events for us and our families.

Gennadiy Pogorelov Master, MTWTU member

What they say about us:

For seafarers, the Union means support, protection and confidence. Unfortunately, none of us knows our rights exactly, so the Union is guarding our liberties every day. I know that I can address the Union with any questions regarding employment and working onboard, and I know that I will be heard, advised and assisted.

Dmitrii Shevchenko 3rd Officer, MTWTU member

What they say about us:

As my experience of communication with various people and organizations has shown, today, the MTWTU is the only organization that works for creation, not for destruction. In our time, there is an amazingly rare thing when people of the same working field unite to communicate and develop a global monolithic movement.

Artyom Panchenko 3rd Officer, MTWTU member

What they say about us:

The Union provides me with confidence that I will not remain face-to-face with a problem. The Union is a reliable friend who will be here for me for better or worse.

Oleg Ovchar Cook, MTWTU member

What they say about us:

Memorable gifts, informative seminars, entertainment - all of these the MTWTU organizes at decent level. Seafarers do need such meetings, because after returning from the voyage we almost cease communication with each other sinking in home routine. However, the Union gives seafarers an opportunity to come together, to talk and to spend time with families. It means a lot for us, believe me.

Roman Shchudlak 2nd Officer, MTWTU member

What they say about us:

The Marine Transport Workers Trade Union of Ukraine always supports seafarers during the voyage, always protects and helps our families on shore. The Union is a safety belt for seafarer, when he is at sea.

Oleg Conradi Chief Officer, MTWTU member

What they say about us:

You should join the Union to feel the support. This is the organization that accompanies us in all situations. Only the Union actually protects the seafarers' interests.

Konstantin Blagodarenko Master, MTWTU member

What they say about us:

We express our grattitude to the MTWTU for useful and relevant seminars for each seafarer. Thank you for your constant support and fruitful cooperation! MTWTU is the best trade union in Ukraine!

Victoriia Pishko Vice-rector on Extracurricular Issues of KSMA

What they say about us:

I know that the powerful organization backs me, the organization indifferent to the fate of Ukrainian seafarers. My firm belief is that today, as never before, seafarers need the Union, since a large number of my colleagues are facing problems, and if there were not a single regulatory body protecting the rights of seafarers, most shipowners would behave very differently and not in favor of seafarers.

Roman Tsymbal 2nd Engineer, MTWTU member

What they say about us:

The Union is a global major organization, which guards our rights. We feel much more confident when there is someone behind our back.

Ruslan Velykodny AB, MTWTU member

What they say about us:

Our Union is an organization invented to assist seafarers, to be their support and reliance. It is a third party in the relationships between the employer and the seafarer. If the seafarer has any problems with the company, there almost no one except the Union who may protect him, and that's why I think that it is vital to join the Union and be a part of global union movement.

Maksym Usik 2nd Officer, MTWTU member

What they say about us:

A lot of seafarers are afraid to appeal to the Union due to the rumour that they might have problems with employment in the future. That is not true. All information provided by the seafarer is confidental. I know from my own experience that sometimes there is no one to address, but the Union.

Ivan Yenakiev AB, MTWTU member

What they say about us:

I recommend all my colleagues to join our Union! It provides support and confidence that I will not be alone in a difficult situation. I express my grattitude to the MTWTU for their work, for all events and for everything you do for us!

Yurii Boldyrev Боцман, член ПРМТУ

What they say about us:

MTWTU is an organization which unites, supports, and guards our rights. I believe in our Union for its real actions and future plans.

Александр Середа Dock-engineer, Mariupol Sea Port, MTWTU member

What they say about us:

I can confidently say that the MTWTU is recognized by both state and local authoroties. Nowadays, people need to be protected more than ever. Also, the Union plays an important role in concluding Sectoral Agreements and Collective Bargaining Agreements.

Roman Makarov Dock-engineer, Kherson Sea Port, MTWTU member

What they say about us:

The Union's protection now may be compared to a modern car equipped with airbags and other high-technological systems. We don't notice them while we drive, but they will save our life in case of an accident. Thus, the Union protects us and allows us to do our work well. I'm glad that there are people who care.

Aleksandr Yushchuk 3rd Officer, MTWTU member

What they say about us:

I, fortunately, never had to apply to the Union due to any unpleasant reasons. But I know, how many times the MTWTU came to the aid of my fellow seafarers. This is the organization that says little, but does a lot. My communication with the MTWTU is participation in information seminars and other events the Union organizes. Today, the MTWTU has taken on great responsibility to fill in the missing knowledge of seafarers. Schools provide theory, and the Union delivers information on our rights, international conventions and other important points.

Aleksandr Korotchenko 2nd Officer, MTWTU member

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