Federation Applauds Progress with Shore Leave (2/11)


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The International Transport Workers’ Federation, to which the SIU is affiliated, has issued the following news release, dated Feb. 11. ITF Seafarers’ Section Chair David Heindel, quoted in the release, also serves as secretary-Treasurer of the SIU.


ITF welcomes shore leave progress


The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has welcomed progress made at the International Labor Organization (ILO) last week on the issue of facilitating shore leave and the movement of seafarers joining or leaving vessels.


At the ILO in Geneva a tripartite meeting of employers, trade unions and governments agreed on a common approach to improving ILO Convention 185 on seafarers’ identity documents, in order to improve the welfare of seafarers, while at the same time assisting nations in maintaining their security. The recommendations now pass to the ILO governing body for study and a decision on their implementation.


ITF Seafarers’ Section Chair David Heindel explained: “ILO 185 has two key aims: to uphold security and allow the deserved and necessary passage of seafarers on shore leave and in transit. However, its take-up has been underwhelming. These latest recommendations, which would bring seafarers’ identity documents in line with e-passports, should help persuade states that ratification is sensible and in everyone’s best interests.”


He continued: “We hope that the major port and transit states will join us in reassuring the labor-supplying states that their investment in seafarers’ identity document technology will not be wasted, and the original ideals of the convention will be met.”




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