The International Transport Workers’ Federation, to which the SIU is affiliated, has issued the following news release. For more information on the ITF, visit www.itfglobal.org
ITF inspectors and union members will launch a maritime action week across East Asian ports next week from Monday, July 9 to Friday, July 13 July in Japan, Korea, Russia and Taiwan.
This is the second East Asia week of action for 2012, and will involve joint teams of ITF inspectors, and seafarer and docker trade unionists making ship visits to check and enforce decent pay and working conditions.
ITF coordinator for Japan, Fusao Ohori, stated: “The campaign in this region focuses on the safety condition of lifesaving appliances, cargo work equipment, working terms and conditions for crew, and applying ITF acceptable agreements for flag-of-convenience vessels.”
A rally will also be held in front of the Dowa Line head office in Tokyo, with another rally at the Kotoku Kaiun HQ. These companies faced particular scrutiny in the earlier East Asian week of action in February.
Speaking from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ITF inspector Tse-Ting Tu said that teams would be paying particular attention to the condition of lifesaving, safety and cargo handling equipment, along with crews’ terms and conditions.