The activities of ITF and affiliated national trade unions require a special,
thorough research, which is all the more important in light of forthcoming ILO
Convention 2006 on Seafarers’ Rights. This so-called “Seafarers’ Bill of Rights”
has to be labeled with much more appropriate nickname of “Bill of Rights of ITF
and ILO”. ITF and affiliated trade unions are craving for power, I’ve been
writing about their ultimate aim, to be granted a status of authorized
organization called to enforce the Convention, long ago. Seamen’s Union of
Russia (SUR) recently asked that status openly, and there is strong probability
the SUR will get it.
I’m already working on it, though of course being alone, I can’t promise a
thorough research, but I’ll do my best. The research will be based in facts,
figures and examples. Some examples are stories in themselves, like the one
It’s an example of malpractice and abuse of the authority ITF regretfully, is
already enjoying. The power ITF already grabs makes the organization actually, a
monopolist on labour market, with almost total lack of any control or critics.
With the enforcement of ILO Convention 2006, ITF and affiliated national trade
unions will get more legal and factual power, than any trade union ever had in a
known history. The consequences may be comparable to war losses.
There is a well-known in Russia ITF inspector in Russian Far East port of
Vladivostok, Mr. Piotr Osichanskiy, a knight in shining armour, who’s
selflessly fighting the dragons, impersonated by ship owners, if we’re to
believe ITF and SUR publications. But little is known about his son, Vitaliy
Osichanskiy, who’s ITF inspector, too, judging from, for example, Russian Seamen
For natali-89: Good day. Try to call +7(423)2412932, Osichanskiy Vitaliy
Piotrovich, ITF representative in Vladivostok, he’ll consult you on that matter
(Translation from message in Forum written in Russian: http://www.morehod.ru/forum/vostochnaja-rossija/pomogite-pozhaluysta-srochno-t23489.html
It may be just fine that the son followed in his father’s tracks to grow into
one more valiant knight in ITF army, if not for the fact, the Mr. Vitaliy,
together with representing ITF and defending seamen’s rights, represents his own
business, too. Business happened to be the crewing, no less. It’s an ideal
solution for both shipping and ITF, isn’t it? ITF slams the “wrong” crewing
agencies, and offers its’ own.
Maritime Bulletin is receiving information about the rather usual malpractices
compelling shipowners to hire their crews from the agencies “advised” by trade
unionists; pushing the unwanted crewing agencies out from market; even worse
than that – compelling shipowners to charter out their vessels, or to sell them,
to “recommended” companies.
The methods to force shipowners and crewing agencies into obedience are already
no secret to many small and middles sized companies. Some of the crew are coaxed
into blow whistling or legal claims against the companies they’ve been working
for, using any pretext available. There is more sophisticated practice of
embedding specially prearranged persons as crew members to the targeted
companies. Those “agents”, so to say, must find anything, any pretext to
complain, make scandal and then resign. One company informed Maritime Bulletin,
that it has proofs the “agents” are used on a regular basis.
The power ITF and affiliated trade unions already enjoys is arming them a wide
spectrum of malpractices and abuses. There is no one even to criticize, with
afraid, only one exception of Maritime Bulletin.
Small and middle sized shipping and crewing companies, the main targets of trade
unionists, should resist them, if these companies want to defend themselves from
Apr 12 2013