PRESS RELEASE
12.05.2004

There are 130 ITF Inspectors, who visit flag of convenience (FOC) vessels at ports all over the world to defend the interest of seafarers. One of them is based at the port of Mombasa.

Strangely like his predecessor Salim Abdullah Salim and unlike his colleagues the Mombasa ITF inspector Juma Khamis does not inspect nor visit the FOC vessels calling the Mombasa Port.

As this is contrary to ITF’s campaign against flags of convenience, we call upon the ITF Secretary General David Cockroft to take appropriate action against this incompetent and bogus ITF Inspector.

Established in 1971 as part of a move to intensify the ITF’s campaign against flags of convenience (FOC), the inspectorate exists to protect seafarers from exploitation and improve the frequently sub-standard working condition found on FOC ships.

The Inspectors provided advice for seafarers on FOC vessels. They negotiate with ship owners, coordinate industrial action and work with Lawyers.

The FOC campaign was started in 1947.

The aims of the campaigns are:

  • The elimination of FOC system and the establishment of a regulatory frame work for the
    shipping industry based on the concept of a genuine link between the flag a ship flies and the place where it is beneficially owned and controlled;
  • To attack sub-standard shipping and seek ITF acceptance standards on all ships irrespective of flag, using all the political, industrial and legal means at the ITF’s disposal;
  • To protect and enhance the conditions of employment of seafarers and to ensure that all
    seafarers regardless of colour, nationality, sex, race or creed are protected from exploitation by their employers and those acting on their behalf;
  • To individually strengthen affiliated unions, in all organizational aspects, so as to ensure the provision and delivery of a greater degree of solidarity in waging the campaign;

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is a Federation of more than 600 transport workers’ trade unions in 137 countries, representing over 5 millions workers.

It represents transport workers at world level and promotes their interests through global campaigning and solidarity.

The ITF is one of 10 global unions federations allied to International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU).

Founded 1896, it is organized in eight industrial sections:

Maritime, railways, road transport, civil aviation, port, inland navigation, fisheries and tourism services.

Andrew Mwangura
Organizing Secretary
Seafarers Union of Kenya

Andrew Mwangura
P.O. Box 92273
Mombasa,80102 Kenya.
Tel: 00254 41 312058
Cell:00254 721 393458

Fax: 00254 41 230001

E Fax:18014093908