The Far Eastern territorial organization of the Seafarers Union of Russia found gross violations of the working conditions of the crewmembers on the ship under a convenient flag. We are talking about the m/v Sentosa (flag of Panama, IMO 9537056), which called Nakhodka for loading iron ore bound for China.

A roundtable organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO), Confederation of Labour of Russia, Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia and the Center for Social and Labour Rights to discuss Russia’s prospects to ratify and promote ILO Convention No. 190 was held online on June 25.

Abuses of the right to strike, the right to establish and join a trade union, the right to trade union activities and civil liberties and the right to free speech and assembly are at an eight-year high, according to the ITUC’s annual Global Rights Index.

Trade unions and employers signed the Federal Industrial Agreement on Maritime Transport for 2021-2024, stipulating  minimum standards regarding working conditions for seafarers employed on  Russian-flagged vessels. 

Representatives of the company Topaz and the Seafarers Union of Russia held talks in Astrakhan. The leitmotif of the meeting was the extension of the SUR collective agreement for the fleet of 17 multi-purpose vessels. The topic of further social interaction between the employer and the trade union related to that fact that Tengiz Chevroil project, in which the Topaz vessels are involved, is at the completion stage, so now the issue of preserving jobs is particularly acute.

During the inspection of the m/v Hansung (flag of Togo, IMO 8513390), representatives of the Far Eastern Territorial Organization of the Seafarers Union of Russia found that the ship's insurance certificates issued under the Maritime Labour Convention were expired. For the crew of 15 Russians it means that the employer's responsibility to the seafarers is not insured so that in case of problems, the four-month arrears and repatriation will be not covered. It was not only this violation that attracted the attention of the union.

Overview of contributions of FNPR and KTR participants at the ITUC meeting on platform and gig economy for NIS countries held on 29th of January

New legislation adopted by the parliament of the Russian Federation will offer several benefits to workers by reinforcing social dialogue and collective agreements. The new law will enter into force on 1 January 2021.

The international trade union movement has start a global campaign in support of trade unions of Kyrgyzstan fighting against the new Law “On Trade Unions.” The campaign was launched by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the International Union of Food Workers (IUF), the IndustriALL Global Union and the Building and Wood Workers International (BWI) on the LabourStart platform.

Argentina is one step closer to becoming the third country in the world after Uruguay and Fiji to adopt ILO Convention 190 on the elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work, after the Chamber of Deputies approved a bill for ratification.

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