Of course, shipowners can choose freely, but it should be borne in mind that most charterers include in their freight contracts the request for an ITF agreement on the ship. Today, all Russian shipping companies, not just the big ones, are ending their reputation and covering their ships with ITF-approved agreements, which improves the well-being of seafarers and is supported by both sur and ITF. At the request of the Star Masaya crew, SUR FETO will send a notice to the management of Sitinas Shipping Co asking them to enter into negotiations for the signing of a collective agreement approved by the ITF. For 60 years, we have been fighting flags of convenience and helping sailors who are in urgent need of help. Both ships – Star Masaya (Marshall Islands flag, IMO 9166663) and SDL Maya (Panama flag, IMO 9384784) – have flags of convenience, but the crew of one of them is protected by the collective agreement approved by the International Transport Workers` Federation (ITF) and the crew of other ships is not. They reaffirmed the existence of a fair collective agreement for each vessel that will conduct a flag of convenience. Standard agreement The ITF standard agreement is usually signed as a result of industrial action or when it is found that a company has breached a previous agreement. This is the most expensive deal for the ship owner. We visited this ship in 2017, there was no collective agreement on board at the time,” said Nikolay Sukhanov. At the time, SUR FETO sent a communication to the shipowner which resulted in negotiations between the company and the All Japan Seamen`s Union (JSU) and the signing of the collective agreement approved by the ITF. The ITF-TCC agreement is the most common type of ITF agreement. Most affiliated unions use the uniform ITF TCC Agreement. There are several other types of CBT agreements, all of which have been approved by the ITF and have been taken over by different affiliated unions around the world.
Although they may vary slightly (mainly due to the requirements of their national legislation), they are all based on the single CBT-CBT and meet the established minimum standards for ITF. Subsequently, seafarers covered by the collective agreement are better informed about their rights and guarantees. For example, all crew members are now aware of the amount of the insurance payment in the event of disability or death – $104,000. The sailors confirm that the Japanese shipowner strictly complies with the terms of the agreement. In addition, following the signing of the agreement, the interests of the SDL Maya crew are now represented and safeguarded by the largest seafarers` union in the Asia-Pacific region, the JSU, which is close to the ITF. The ITF is committed to safe ships and decent working conditions for seafarers. Our goal is to improve standards, protect the weak and eradicate exploitation. We inspect ships, conclude agreements on working conditions with international agencies and help seafarers who need help.
Find out more about our activities or visit our website directly: www.itfseafarers.org The ITF`s Seafarers and Inspectors Section works internationally to help seafarers and their families. The signatory association normally comes from the country where the headquarters of the advantageous shipping company of the ship is located. Often, the unions of the crew`s home nation(s) also participate in negotiations. The aim is to ensure that the agreement takes into account all national laws and practices and that crew members can become members of their national union. Occasionally, the ITF signs an agreement directly with the shipowner. If you are covered by an ITF agreement but there is no ITF member union in your home country, it represents you before the employer in matters of business. Make sure your ship has an agreement guaranteeing safe working conditions before you register and contact the union that signed it.. . .