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. 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. Please note that there are currently three types of collective agreements approved by the ITF for shipowners who employ Russian seafarers. At the request of the Star Masaya crew, SUR FETO will send a communication to the management of Sitinas Shipping Co inviting them to enter into negotiations for the signing of a collective agreement approved by the ITF. If the shipowner signs an agreement with the Russian Seafarers` Union and respects it, for example. B pays wages in full and on time, avoids labour disputes and ITF rights.

Consequently, no trade union action or solidarity action is taken against the shipowner in foreign ports. It is the legally binding document that binds the employer to the corresponding collective agreement (CBA) approved by the ITF. It shall indicate the applicable CBA, it shall indicate the details of the vessel covered and it shall indicate the data on which the agreement is valid. It sets out the obligations of shipowners as well as the legal right of ITF representatives to access the vessel and verify compliance with the agreement. 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. We would like to add that in countries with high tax rates, shipowners use flags of convenience as a kind of refuge, because some open ship registers have incomparably low mandatory payments, if at all.

Very often, seafarers working on ships flying flags of convenience have no rights or social guarantees, even though they are entrusted with many obligations. This is why the International Transport Workers` Federation and its affiliated unions, including sur, are fighting against flags of convenience to cover all these ships with collective agreements. 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), not the crew of other ships. . . .