Greek Collective Bargaining Agreement For Seafarers

After speaking to the crew, we decided to send a notice to the shipowner who demanded the immediate conclusion of a collective agreement, said N. Sukhanov. The communication warned that if the company did not respond to union calls, the vessel would be the subject of ITF actions in all ports around the world with the support of the crew members. Within a few hours, we received a reply that the shipowner had already begun negotiations with the Panhellenic Federation of Sailors (PNO). Fusao Ohori, ITF coordinator in Japan, monitors the situation and stays in touch with the ITF coordinator in Greece. In addition, we advised sailors to join the Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP), which can protect their rights in a difficult situation. 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 registries, if at all, have incomparably low mandatory payments. Very often, sailors operating on ships flying flags of convenience have no social rights or guarantees, although they are responsible for many tasks. That is why the International Transport Workers` Federation and its affiliated unions, including SUR, are fighting flags of convenience to cover all these vessels through collective agreements. The most important contract was signed with Tsakos Shipping and Trading S.A.

– a major carrier that spent nearly 50 years in this company. In addition, collective agreements apply to vessels of companies as large as Springfield, Roxana, Medcare, Roswel and Optimum Shipping Services. In total, about 2,000 union members work on Greek-flagged vessels under the PNO/SUR collective agreement. At present, current wage scales and other tariff provisions for lower-ranking crew members, as provided for by national labour law for Greek-flagged vessels, would give way to lower, internationally recognized wage scales applied in collective agreements. The total commercial value of Greece`s merchant fleet is $100 billion, making it the most expensive in the world for January 2018, according to analyst firm VesselsValue. In addition, Greece retains its leadership role in the cargo capacity of the total tonnage of 4200 Greek-flagged vessels 308.8 dwt. Many of these vessels employ Russian sailors whose rights are protected by collective agreements signed jointly by the Seafarers` Union (SUR) and the Panhellenic Federation of Sailors (PNO). 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 approved ITFs, that have been adopted by various 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 TCC uniform itf and meet the minimum standards set by the ITF. “We visited this ship in 2017, there was no collective agreement on board at that time,” said Nikolai Soukhanov. On that date, SUR FETO sent a communication to the shipowner, which led to negotiations between the company and the Union of Seamens (JSU) and signed the collective agreement approved by the ITF. Subsequently, seafarers covered by the collective agreement were better informed of their rights and guarantees. For example, all crew members are now aware of the amount of disability or death insurance – $104,000. The sailors confirm that the Japanese shipowner strictly respects the terms of the agreement. In addition, after the signing of the agreement, the interests of the Mayan crew of SDL are now represented and secured by the largest seafarers` union in the Asia-Pacific region, the ITF-affiliated JSU.