ITF Recovers $59.5 Million for Mariners in Europe, Asia


September 2015


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Helping the world’s mariners recover unpaid wages has long been an important function of the International Transport Workers’ Federation, and the ITF definitely delivered in 2014.


According to a recent report from ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton, the federation last year recovered more than $59.5 million in wages owed to mariners. Around $48 million of that sum was collected in Europe, while another $8 million-plus was secured in Asia.


Cotton presented the data during a maritime conference in Singapore in July. He said more than 75 percent of the money secured by the ITF came from vessels that aren’t covered by ITF agreements through the International Bargaining Forum (IBF).


“There are still elements of the industry that need to be tidied up,” Cotton told the online Seatrade Maritime News.


More than 11,500 ships are covered by IBF agreements.


The ITF consists of approximately 700 unions, including the SIU, representing more than 4.5 million transport workers from 150 countries. SIU Secretary-Treasurer David Heindel chairs the federation’s Seafarers’ Section.



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