The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) says not enough has been done to guarantee the safety of seafarers in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, and the loss of life following the Houthi attack on M/V True Confidence is a tragedy because of that.


No delivery window is worth the loss of seafarers’ lives. We call on the industry to divert ships around the Cape of Good Hope until safe transit through the Red Sea can be guaranteed.

Saudi Arabia's shipowner is bankrupt

Seafarers try to survive after being abandoned by a Saudi company on several Bahrain-registered vessels

Joint statement by the International Transport Workers' Federation and the Joint Negotiating Group

The International Bargaining Forum (IBF) social partners are increasingly concerned about the actions taken by Houthi forces that are threatening the safety of transiting seafarers and vessels.

MLC, 2006 - protecting seafarers' rights

The MLC, 2006 is an important international instrument that sets out labour rights standards for seafarers around the world. The lack of uniform international standards has previously led to serious social and safety issues. The Convention has become an important step in the fight against discrimination, exploitation and inequality among seafarers, paving the way for monitoring and enforcement of their labour rights.

Returning Home: The story of the successful repatriation of the VYSSOS crew

Recently, the MTWTU and Hellenic Shipping News published an article about an incident in the Bystre involving the crew of the bulk carrier VYSSOS (IMO 9385790, Panama).

"The Mediterranean is a convenient sea"

"The Mediterranean is a Comfortable Sea" is a campaign launched by the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) and affiliated unions to remove substandard ships from the Mediterranean.

Молоде покоління українських моряків

Цей тиждень у Литовській морській академії був наповнений заходами, що надихають молоде покоління на досягнення нових вершин.

Зміни в колективних договорах стандарту ITF

Протягом останнього місяця Профспілка отримала численні звернення від моряків, які виражають занепокоєння щодо процедур отримання зарплати від їхніх роботодавців.

Defend your rights bravely: they are important

Another appeal from the sailors came from two crew members last week.

Panama Maritime Administration and ITF strengthen cooperation in the protection of seafarers’ rights

They have signed a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding aimed at enhancing cooperation on the protection of the rights and safety of seafarers working on vessels registered in Panama.

Statistics of abandoned vessels in 2023

The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) has released data on the number of abandoned ships in 2023, which shows an increase in these figures compared to the previous year, which is worrying.

UNION SOLIDARITY FUND: допомога українським транспортникам не припиниться

Відбулося чергове засідання Наглядової ради UNION SOLIDARITY

FUND, заснованого Міжнародною федерацією транспортників (ІТF) та Європейською

федерацією транспортників (ETF) для допомоги українським профспілкам, які є

членськими організаціями обох федерацій.

Unbreakable solidarity: united despite all difficulties

The cold season is approaching, and we remember how difficult last winter was. Due to shelling from the aggressor country, objects of critical infrastructure were damaged, on which the light and warmth in our homes depend. Unfortunately, we cannot expect this winter to be easier. The cold season is approaching, and we remember how difficult last winter was.

Crew help for the VYSSOS vessel

The MTWTU continues to monitor the situation with the crew of the VYSSOS vessel and provide support to all seafarers, including foreign seafarers, who find themselves in difficult circumstances in Ukraine.

Long way home: How ITF and MTWTU helped the crew of the MIRA ship

On April 14, 2023, the vessel MIRA collided with the cargo ship COSMINA 1, which was anchored outside the port of Reni, Ukraine. MIRA did not sustain significant damage, and after the incident, it was safely anchored in Reni.

ITF returned nearly USD 50 million in wages to seafarers in 2023

The latest statistics on the work of ITF inspectors have been published.

Crew in trouble: how the Union helps seafarers of the VYSSOS vessel

At the end of last month, an incident occurred at the mouth of the Bystre River: the bulk carrier VYSSOS (IMO 9385790, Panama), which was heading to the port of Izmail to load grain, hit a mine and sustained significant damage to its hull.

Типові скарги, з якими моряки звертаються до ITF інспектора

Сьогодні, 13 листопада 2023 року, в штаб-квартирі Міжнародної морської організації (ІМО) проходить конференція з питань роботи моряків в міжнародному судноплавстві, спільно організована ІМО та Міжнародною організацією праці.

Здоров’я працівників морського транспорту України - у центрі уваги

7 листопада в Одесі за підтримки Професійної спілки робітників морського транспорту України в рамках спільного проєкту Координаційного центру допомоги морякам (КЦДМ) та Міжнародної організації праці (МОП), відбувся круглий стіл на тему «Охорона праці та здоров’я робітників морського транспорту України: запобігання розповсюдженню ВІЛ, мобінгу та дискримінації».

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