13-14 September 2011
The first joint shipbuilding/shipbreaking conference of IMF and EMF is seen as a positive and successful experience by the participants. Both organisations should explore opportunities for further international cooperation and solidarity in this field.
The exchanges between shipbuilding and shipbreaking workers strongly illustrate the need for a “life-cycle” or “cradle to grave” approach. Participants of the conference urge companies to consider the recycling of a ship already at the time of its conception and design.
There is great benefit in the cooperation and transfer of good practices between developed and developing countries, particularly in the area of occupational health and safety. The IMF will continue to expand its organizing projects in developing countries. Bilateral or multilateral cooperation projects between affiliates are strongly encouraged.
Our global trade union network should be further expanded and intensified. Issue-driven cooperation with other partners, such as NGOs, as part of a broader alliance for safe, sustainable and green jobs in shipbuilding-shipbreaking will also be important. At the same time, IMF and EMF continue to cooperate with other GUFs, international/regional organizations to make their sectoral activities more effective and stronger.
IMF and EMF demand that international regulations on OHS and environment in shipbuilding-shipbreaking be implemented rapidly, including as a minimum and a first step the Hong Kong Convention. We urge governments to secure basic worker’s rights to improve their working conditions.
IMF and EMF support schemes which promote green technologies, green products, and provide sustainable employment. Safer, greener ships that are producing less toxic waste and fewer emissions are in the interest of shipbuilding workers, maritime transport workers and shipbreaking workers alike.
IMF and EMF underline that the transition to safe, sustainable shipbuilding-shipbreaking requires investment not only in technologies but foremost in people and skills.
The joint conference of IMF and EMF demonstrated that shipbuilding-shipbreaking remains a precarious and hazardous occupation in many regions.
IMF and EMF therefore call on regulators and industry to take immediate action to ensure the basic right to life as well as decent working conditions. Compliance with ILO core labour standards, conventions and agreements is essential and non-negotiable. Trade unions are indispensible in this process as unionized workplaces are safer workplaces!
Source: International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF)