INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT WORKERS’ FEDERATION 43rd Congress
Sofia, 12August 2014
Seafarers’ Section Conference REPORT
The Seafarers’ Section Conference took place on 12 August 2014. Agenda Item 1: Election of Rapporteur
David Heindel (USA) was elected Rapporteur. Marcel van den Broek (Netherlands) and Mike Murphy (USA) were elected Scrutineers. Kam Soon Huat (Singapore) and Henrik Berlau (Denmark) were elected Tellers.
Agenda Item 2: Congress Theme Document
The Conference welcomed the strategies laid out in the Congress Theme document, which had been unanimously adopted by plenary. Agenda Item 3: Four Year Work Programme
Many speakers from the floor discussed the sections Four Year Work Programme and priorities with the following points raised: • Addressing aggressive employers who were attempting to take away the working conditions including pensions and benefits previously fought for;
• Recruiting younger workers in trade unions; • Getting more women actively involved in union work including younger women; • Manning and fatigue and the shortage of skilled cadets; • The Oil and Gas industry must continue to be a priority, in particular in Africa; • Lack of jobs in the African region needed to be addressed and support was asked for to map the skills and training required to increase job opportunities;
• Cross sectional interaction between the different transport sectors; • Recruitment of un-‐licensed and un-‐trained seafarers; and • The undermining of manning levels by the use of riding squads.
The Conference adopted the section related priorities for 2014-‐2018, as presented.
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