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June 25, 2012

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Labor relation on the difficult conditions of job of the marine ones of the ships that operate in the Black Sea

Cotton (ITF): The document “is a true catalogue of shame”

Today, in occasion of the celebration of the Day of the Seafarers, the labor organizations of the marine field of Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Rumania, Turkey and Ukraine, in collaboration with the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation), have diffused the relationship “Black Sea of Shame” that it evidences the difficult marine conditions of job of the boarded ones on the ships that operate in the Black Sea and that it has the objective to help the unions to raise the issue with the respective national governments.

The relationship emphasizes as the marine transport in the region is realized with approximately 2.400 ships and is dominated by ships of advanced age to 20 years (800 units has an age of beyond 30 years). I very use of small and old ships beyond their economic life and the transport of goods of low value - the ITF- finds is translate in serious incidents and repeated abuses on the marine ones. In the Black Sea - the labor organization explains - it seems to be to us a high frequency of incidents, of groundings and sinkings of ships: besides adverse the climatic conditions and to the geographic characteristics, this probably has had to the proliferation of old ships that operate to out of the norms.

The relationship - accusation the coordinator for the marine field of the ITF, Steve Cotton, “is a true catalogue of shame. Our inspectors and those of the unions to associated we have something to do with determined costs in terms of human lives from a marine transport not sure and realized with old ships and managers that consider the crews a superfluous luxury, to pay at the discretion and not deserving of the conditions base of safeguard, comprised the assurance against the dead women and the lesions”.

“This - Cotton adds - is the beginning of along walks, that we know will last years, in order to change this scandalous state of affairs. We begin going from the governments in order to convince them in particular that these terrible conditions cannot more allow, when soon Maritime the Labour Convention supplies a model to which all they would have to aspire”.

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