Guarding seafarers' rights since 2006

The Local Black Sea Trade Union Organization of Seafarers (LBSTUS) was established in 2006 and today unites over 47,000 Ukrainian seafarers, working onboard the vessels of foreign shipowners.





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Oleg Grygoriuk

LBSTUS Chairman
MTWTU First Vice Chairman

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15 Advantages of the MTWTU Member

1. Priority right to appeal to any of the 150 ITF inspectors around the world

ITF inspectors process, as a matter of priority, the applications received from seafarers, who are members of the national ITF Trade Unions at home.

2. Protection of labor and economic interests

If a labor dispute takes place, the Union represents and defends the interests of a seafarer.

3. Social protection

The MTWTU provides protection of social rights of Ukrainian seafarers.

4. Free pre-employment consultations

Access to the unique ITF database allows the Union experts to obtain information about almost any vessel or its owner.

5. Free legal assistance

The MTWTU members have access to free legal assistance on labor issues.

6. Free assistance in labor disputes with the employer

During any labor dispute between a seafarer and an employer, the MTWTU protects the interests of the seafarer: negotiates with the shipowner or his representative, maintains contact with the seafarer and / or his family, monitors the fulfillment of the terms of the individual contract and / or the collective agreement and other regulations, as well as undertakes the actions necessary for the solution of the dispute in a way, positive for the seafarer.

7. Free information and training activities

The MTWTU on the regular basis conducts training and information activities aimed at raising seafarers’ awareness of their labor rights, guaranteed by the provisions of the individual contract, the collective agreement and the norms of national and international legislation. In addition, the Union regularly meets with its members to discuss the most topical issues, such as: pensions, changes in the banking system of Ukraine, mobilization, alternative ways of passive income, medical issues and so on.

8. Health Care

Where necessary, the MTWTU members receive financial support to cover medical and treatment expenses.

9. Participation in international projects

As the only ITF maritime affiliate in Ukraine, the MTWTU organizes and participates in various international projects. That allows seafarers, the Union members, to enjoy the additional benefits.

10. Financial support in difficult life situations

The Trade Union provides financial assistance to seafarers in a difficult financial situation.

11. Participation in interesting tours, sports tournaments and contests

The Union regularly arranges entertainment activities for seafarers, which are absolutely free for the MTWTU memebrs.

12. Invitations for children's and family holidays

The MTWTU regularly conducts family and children's activities for seafarers. Participation in the events is also free of charge for seafarers, members of the Trade Union.

13. Access to exclusive information through the Union and its publications

The MTWTU continuously selects the most useful and relevant information for seafarers. Check our publications in the Media and Knowledge Base sections.

14. Access to discounts and loyalty programs

A 30% discount for all the courses at the Kherson Maritime Specialized Training Centre and the AVANT Training Centre of Seafarers, free English courses, as well as the other loyalty programs.

15. Reimbursement of costs spent for health improvement

The MTWTU members receive partial reimbursement of the costs spent for treatment and sanatorium rehabilitation. To learn more visit the Social Programs page.

5 Common Myths

  1. The trade union is controlled by the shipowner or by the crewing.

    No, the Trade Union is a voluntary public organization that represents the sailor's side in any negotiations with the employer, whether it is raising wages or not paying compensation. The trade union is always on the sailor's side!

  2. The trade union is a state institution, which should not be treated, because they have a continuous bureaucracy and queues.

    No, the Trade Union is independent of state bodies, local self-government bodies, other public organizations, political parties, they are not accountable and not controlled.

  3. The trade union transfers information about seamen to the tax inspection and other structures.

    Absolutely not! The transfer of personal data to third parties is illegal. The trade union, on the contrary, defends the position and interests of seamen.

  4. The union is not able to help me solve the problem.

    No, the Trade Union has a significant number of tools with which it can help in solving a wide range of issues. The main thing is contact the Trade Union!

  5. ITF should and so help the sailors, so I do not need to join the trade union.

    No no and one more time no! For any ITF inspector, the appeal of a seafarer who is a member of a national union affiliated with ITF will be a priority. If other specialists are needed to solve the problem, these expenses to seafarers who are not members of the trade union will have to be covered independently.

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