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JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT VOLUME 2 NO 2, JUNE, 2004

THE INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT WORKERS FEDERATION AND SEAFARERS PRODUCTIVITY

OKEUDO, G. N. AND I. C. NZE

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY, FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, OWERRI, NIGERIA

DEPARTMENT OF MARITIME MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY, FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, OWERRI, NIGERIA

ABSTRACT
This research investigates in detail, the impact of International Transport Workers Federation on Seafarers Welfare and Performance. This is assessed hypothetical by the use of questionnaire and various secondary sources. The organizational structure of ITF, the benefits of labour unions and the relationship between transport and development are systematically drawn.
Furthermore, there is a critical analysis of the role of ITF to seafarers, with more emphasis on the flag of convenience (FOC) campaign. It is evident that in today’s shipping market; many costs are outside a ship owner’s control. But one area – crew cost – has become the main source of competition between ship-owners. As thousands of ship-owners know to their cost, the ITF through its affiliated seafarers’ and Dockers’ trade union, has been waging a campaign against flags of convenience for more than 50 years.
Hence, the study reveals that the ITF comes across thousands of seafarers each year who have been abandoned in port far away from home without pay, cheated and abused. Through this medium, the ITF has contributed immensely, not only to the development of sea transportation but towards increasing the welfare and performance of seafarers, using various motivational approaches.

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