PROGRAM: SEAFARERS UNION OF KENYA
gives me great pleasure to write this press statement at the
beginning of a new year.
would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have
been part of my struggle for seafarers rights.
I please beg to inform all Kenyan Seafarers that seafarers Union
of Kenya has launched a 90 day crush program of membership
recruitment drive, collection of CVs/Data, Views and opinion from
Seafarers and general members of the public on how to revamp the
moribund Seafarers’ Union of Kenya.
the said period I shall be visiting Seafarers working aboard all
Ocean- going vessels calling the Mombasa Port.,
Union of Kenya shall in the said period launch a campaign against
sub-standard shipping and ships flaying flags of convenience (FOC)
calling the seaport of Mombasa.
the same period SUK will prepare.
Articles of agreement and Collective Bargaining Agreement
for the perusal and approval of the SUK members.
shall also during the said 90 days restructuring program, lobby
for the legislation of the reviewed maritime labour laws of Kenya
as well as lobby for respect of the government directive on
recruitment and replacement of seafarers aboard the ocean –
going vessels calling the sea port of Mombasa.
collaboration with the International Transport Workers Federation
(ITF) seafarers Union of Kenya shall in the restructuring program
organize a three day workshop in the third week of January 2004.
that the majority of the 500,000 seafarers working a board the
2,000 Liberian flagged vessels are non-Africans. SUK shall within
the said period lobby for employment of African seafarers a board
this world’s second largest ship registry- Liberian
International Ship and Cooperate Registry (LISCR)
an independent trade union SUK shall seek assistance from the
International Labour Office (ILO) human rights groups and
International Labour Movement in exerting pressure on the
authorities and business circles to establish culture of democracy,
respect for seafarers’ rights, social justice and
non-discrimination of merchant mariners in this region.
that this program will be useful and interesting in reviving the
seafarers union of
Kenya I wish all Kenyan seafarers a happy and healthy New Year –
UNION OF KENYA