ITF Congress Starts Sunday (8/6)


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The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), to which the SIU is affiliated, has issued the following new release.


SIU representatives at the ITF Congress will include Secretary-Treasurer David Heindel, chair of the ITF Seafarers’ Section, and Port Agent Tracey Mayhew. The U.S. delegation also will include AFL-CIO Maritime Trades Department Executive Secretary-Treasurer Daniel Duncan.

ITF world congress begins Sunday in Bulgaria


The four-yearly world congress of the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) will begin on Sunday in Sofia, Bulgaria.


Running from 10 to 16 August, the event is the ITF’s supreme decision making event, at which its affiliated trade unions set the agenda for the next four years and elect its executive board, president, vice presidents and general secretary.


Approximately 1800 people, including staff and participants from 371 trade unions in 116 countries, have registered for the congress, which will be the 43rd in the ITF’s 118 year history.


The whole event can be followed online as it happens at, on Facebook at and Twitter at (hashtag is #ITFcongress2014).


The event is being held at Sofia’s National Palace of Culture, and is hosted by the ITF’s affiliated Bulgarian unions, with special support from the Federation of Transport Trade Unions of Bulgaria (FTTUB).


Further press releases will follow before and during the event.



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