ITF to Launch Week of Action in South Asia Ports (12/2)


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The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) has annouced a week of action to take place in South Asia starting Dec. 5. The week of action is an effort to call attention to the denial of basic worker and human rights to seafarers that frequent ports in South Asia.


Below is a press release issued by the ITF.


Second South Asia week of action commences Monday


The second ITF South Asia week of action for eastern and southern Indian ports – one of a series of staggered events in India and Sri Lanka – begins on Monday.


Volunteer teams of seafarers, dockers and ITF inspectors will target ships calling at the ports of Mumbai, Kandla, New Mangalore, Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Kolkata and Haldia during the action, which runs from 5 to 9 December.


ITF Asia/Pacific regional secretary Mahendra Sharma commented: “Our focus will include UAE and Chinese shipping companies, several of whom are accused of denying seafarers basic working rights, often on sub-standard vessels with low salaries and fewer amenities. We will also be targeting those German and Greek owned vessels that find ways to avoid signing ITF agreements on their vessels. Unions at Kandla and New Mangalore will also be paying particular attention to STX vessels, in relation to the dispute involving the Longview dockers.”



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