More than US$86,400 already recovered in back pay owed to crewmembers
The ITF’s week of action in Baltic Sea ports, from 10-14 October, saw inspectors and seafarer and dockworker union activists board ships in ports in 10 countries to check on wages and conditions for crews.
The action, which took place in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden, follows on from recent similar action weeks in East Asia, India and Sri Lanka.
Almost 200 vessels were visited in just the first three days of the action week, with more than US$86,400 already recovered in back pay owed to crewmembers. Inspectors found some cases where seafarers were working on cargo handling. Inspectors have also been pursuing collective agreements with ships not yet signed up to the ITF collective bargaining agreement and renewing cases where they have lapsed.
The action got extensive media coverage in many of the countries involved.
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