ITF Set for First ‘Action Week’ of 2012 (1/6)


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The International Transport Workers’ Federation, to which the SIU is affiliated, has issued the following brief, dated January 6. For more information about the ITF, visit


ITF South East Asia week of action begins Monday


The first ITF week of action of 2012 will begin on Monday in South East Asia and run from 9 to 13 January. Teams of seafarer and docker trade unionists will accompany ITF inspectors on ship visits to enforce decent pay and working conditions on vessels docking in ports in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.


The week will be coordinated from the ITF’s Asia Pacific office in New Delhi, India, from where regional secretary Mahendra Sharma commented: “We’re pleased to welcome Thai unions into this latest action, whose participants intend to do everything possible to ensure decent pay and conditions are applied on ships across the region.”


He added: “Chinese and UAE based shipping companies will be on the radar and strict actions will be taken against them if they are found ignoring the application of internationally accepted standards of work and wages on board their ships.”



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