Visakhapatnam, December 21, 2006
Takes up campaign against HIV/AIDS
Ports of Convenience (PoC) campaign of the Internal Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) to facilitate improvement in the working conditions of port and dock workers and secure better wages at par with the International Labour Organization standards. Speaking at a press conference along with ITF Asia-Pacific Regional Chairperson SR Kulkarni and Deputy General Secretary Mahendra Sarma said that the workers in the maritime sector of not only in India but also in all countries were facing fresh challenges in the globalized scenario.
The ITF took up the PoC campaign to alleviate their plight in addition to curbs on ships that fly FOC to violate international maritime conventions. Sarma said that the 41st Congress of the ITF held at Durban in August this year, took stock of the impact of globalization on transport sector.
ITF took up a campaign against HIV/AIDS. It was striving to integrate anti AIDS activities into all the ITF industrial sections including making clauses in agreements made with multinational companies. The ITF noted that transport workers were more vulnerable to HIV/AIDS than any other section of the global work force.
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