ITF signs memorandum of understanding with ACFTU

April 14, 2014

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the ACFTU, the All China Federation of Trade Unions, that commits both organisations to a process of dialogue and information sharing.

The MOU was signed in Beijing by ITF acting general secretary Steve Cotton and ACFTU vice-president Jiang Guangping, who is also a titular member of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization. It identifies multiple areas of possible co-operation and institutes biannual meetings to check on progress.

ITF president Paddy Crumlin commented: “The signing is an important and historical further step forward. It is indicative of the continuing consolidation of the network of effective and influential trade unions worldwide in providing realistic, attainable and strategic support for workers in the essential international transport industry.”

ITF acting general secretary Steve Cotton explained: “There are many areas where the interests of our organisations overlap, such as the enforcement of the Maritime Labour Convention and the promotion of decent work for seafarers, as well as in the ports, rail, urban transport and aviation sectors, and the rights of women transport workers.”

The MOU seeks, without prejudice to the policies established by the parties to:

Maintaining harmonious relations;
Develop mutual understanding and co‐operation;
Ensure mutual respect and recognition of the role of both parties;
Provide for the exchange of information;
Provide for technical co‐operation;
Designate the main contact people;
Provide for future meetings;
Identify areas of mutual interest;
Identify areas for cross sectional co‐operation;
• Develop international solidarity;
Establish an exchange programme mechanism;
Promotion of ILO/IMO/UN ECE code of practice on the safe transportation of container cargo, and
Agrees that the MOU should be complimented by the future adoption of sectional memoranda of agreement.

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4 Responses to “ITF signs memorandum of understanding with ACFTU”

  1. On behalf of the Executive Board of Pakistan Labour Federation (PLF) we are appreciating the MOU signed by ITF and ACFTU and hope that This MOU will be strengthening relations between ITF and ACFTU and further co-operation and will be helpful for the Transport workers to protect their rights in Privatization.

  2. we on behalf of the Executive Board of Pakistan Labour Federation request ed to the ITF acting General Secretary Steve Cotton to invite the organization those are not affiliates with ITF and ITUC like Pakistan Labour Federation (PLF)
    (PLF) is Registered with (NIRC) Ministry of Labour & manpower Government of Pakistan and working for the welfare and betterment of workers for the last 40 years
    our aims and objects are the same and this MOU between ITF and ACFTU will be very encouraging those organization have no affiliation with ITUC and ITF
    we are waiting your prompt reply

  3. Dear Mr Steve Cotton
    General Secretary
    ITF
    i on behalf of the Pakistan Transport Workers Federation (PLF) presented our whole heatedly congratulations to ITF for the sighing MOU with ACFTU an affiliates of World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) and this is big achievements for the workers of the world.I am First women elected President of Pakistan Transport Workers Federation (PTWF)
    (PTWF) was affiliates with ITF but some Mafia in Trade Union in Pakistan hijacked our affiliation and we have not received any information from Mr David Cookraft and Mr Mack Urta
    we wants to work with ITF and after this MOU now we hope that you may kindly restored our relations with ITF and send us all programme invitation
    Assuring our full cooperation with best regards
    (Mrs Atia Saleem)
    President

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