In Canada, BC Ferries has set aside its collective agreement for the dismissal of workers and operated its lines with fewer crews. BC Ferries subsequently partially reversed the decision under pressure from the union representing the sailors, but the company continues to flout the collective agreement, ITF said. The undersigned union is normally originally from the country where the ship`s advantageous shipping company is headquartered. Often the crew homeland union also participates in the negotiations. The aim is to ensure that the agreement respects all national laws and customs and that crew members are able to become members of their national union. (2) The tariff conditions of the national flag state must be at least substantially identical to those of the continental state and, in the case of flag of convenience units, the ITF policy is applied. All “units” also comply with ILO conventions and recommendations for seafarers and ships, as well as all provisions 1.1 This agreement sets minimum conditions: which apply to all seafarers operating in an offshore vessel/unit for which there is a special agreement (“special agreement”) between the International Transport Workers` Federation (hereafter the ITF) and the owners, Managers, employers and the contract of this vessel/offshore entity (“the owners”) This agreement applies at full throttle and the effect that the owners have entered into individual employment contracts with a worker. 3.2 The seaman`s commitment may be extended on an ongoing basis, subject to the agreement with the union. In the United Kingdom, several companies, including Condor Ferries, Stena Line and P-O Ferries, have laid off sailors and asked them to decide whether they want to take unpaid leave or want to be eaten, according to the ITF.
This represents a heavy economic burden for seafarers and their livelihoods. In addition, according to the union, companies are taking advantage of the pandemic to undermine long-standing collective agreements. This is the legally binding document that binds the employer to the collective agreement (CBA) approved by the ITF. It indicates which CBA applies, there are the details of the covered ship and there is the data that the agreement is valid for /bis. It states that the obligations of shipowners and the right of ITF representatives to access the vessel and verify compliance with the agreement are respected. (8) National Flag State/Continental Shelf State member organizations are working to reach an agreement with the owners, operator and charterer to return the unit to National Flag State member organizations under an agreement acceptable to the ITF.