ITF member unions are great supporters of those voluntary organisations which provide seafarers’ centres, ship visits port information and transport.
We are constantly trying to improve seafarers’ welfare and, in line with the MLC, are committed to working in partnership with ship-owners, port authorities, port owners, flag states and voluntary organisations to help create welfare boards. Since 1981 the ITF Seafarers’ Trust has donated over $200 million to nearly 3,000 welfare projects. We need your help to make the lives of seafarers better.
So if you run a committee that supports seafarers’ welfare, or would like to set up a welfare board, we’re asking you to contact us now. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you."
All Union Affiliates and ITF Inspectors are encouraged to support the project via thecontact us webpage.
John Canias, Maritime Operations Manager,
International Transport Workers' Federation states:
"The ITF is proud of having helped get the Maritime Labour Convention into force. The MLC encourages the establishment of seafarers’ welfare boards at local, regional and national levels.
Local Welfare Boards, such as Port Welfare Committees, bring together members of the port community to improve seafarers’ welfare – people like Harbour Masters, Port Inspectors, Shipping Agents, Union officials, such as ITF inspectors, representatives of voluntary organisations and the local community.