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The 41st Congress of the International Transport Workers' Federation

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Welcome to the ITF 41st Congress website

Randall Howard, Satawu*
Randall Howard speaking during Congress.*

This is the ITF's 41st Congress site. The Congress concluded on 9th August 2006; however, you can still use this site to access its decisions, view pictures and film and read news stories related to the Congress. We would also encourage those who attended Congress to complete the online Congress evaluation questions; doing this will help us to plan future successful events.


Reports of Section Conferences and Committees

My Congress

Congress Photos

Sample Congress photos on Flickr


Congress Daily News

9 August 2006
Summary of decisions taken by Congress
Motion 4: HIV/Aids and Transport Workers Congress called for education programmes to support workplace policies, programmes and collective agreements, as well as HIV/Aids clauses in agreements with... more >>


Randall Howard, Satawu 9 August 2006
41st Congress of the ITF comes to a close
The first ITF Congress to be held in Africa ended today with the election of its first President from Africa. more >>


Meeting on the global campaign on Maersk 8 August 2006
AP Moeller-Maersk network launched
ITF delegates today unanimously agreed to set up an AP Moeller-Maersk worldwide network of union activists and officials. more >>


8 August 2006
Strike by Indian seafarers
The ITF is backing a call for joint strike action by two Indian seafarers’ affiliates, NUSI and FSUI, following the refusal of shipowners to enter into a collective bargaining agreement covering more than 50,000 Indian ratings and petty officers. more >>


Bob Crow, RMT 8 August 2006
Delegates call for immediate ceasefire
Congress voted overwhelmingly today in favour of an emergency motion calling for an immediate ceasefire in Lebanon. more >>


8 August 2006
Election results
The composition of ITF sectional committees following elections at this Congress: Civil Aviation Section Committee Chair: Carla Winkler, IAMAW, US Vice Chair: Brendan Gold, TGWU, UK Women’s... more >>


8 August 2006
Framework for African aviation wins approval
Delegates at yesterday’s African aviation workshop endorsed the first ever framework for civil aviation across the continent, designed to help build a healthy aviation sector and promote workers’... more >>


Alliance to meet new global challenges 8 August 2006
Alliance to meet new global challenges
Delegates from unions representing workers who transport oil and gas yesterday threw their weight behind an alliance between the ITF and the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM). more >>


Fight Fatigue 6 August 2006
Call for regulations to tackle fatigue at sea
A campaign to bring in new regulations to tackle the problem of fatigue at sea – and the under-manning which is largely to blame for it – was launched today at the Joint Seafarers’ and Dockers’... more >>


6 August 2006
The challenges of globalisation for Africa
A panel discussion on the impact of globalisation on Africa, held at the end of the day’s proceedings on Friday was addressed by Patrick Bond of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, Sipho... more >>


6 August 2006
Congo inland navigation workers suffer years of non-payment
Delegates attending the ITF’s Inland Navigation Section conference heard reports from Ben Roxy Udogwu, ITF Regional Secretary and Guy Kuku, ITF Central Africa Sub-Regional Coordinator. They... more >>


Urban Transport Meeting 6 August 2006
No to violence at work
The Urban Transport Committee today identified health and safety, public transport policy, and multinational companies as priority areas for its work programme for the next four years. more >>


Delegates from the MUA 5 August 2006
Dockers back ports of convenience campaign
Dockers at Congress yesterday strongly backed the ITF’s ports of convenience (POC) campaign and endorsed an accompanying draft strategy. The strategy builds on input provided by affiliates at various meetings over the past year, since the Dockers’ Section meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where it was decided that a POC campaign should not be delayed. more >>


5 August 2006
Fishers demand their own labour convention
Renewed efforts will be made to secure an International Labour Organisation convention covering fishers along the lines of the ILO’s new Maritime Labour Convention. Successive speakers at the... more >>


5 August 2006
Aviation groups agree on setting benchmarks
Fatigue and other working conditions issues debated in Friday’s Civil Aviation Section Conference were taken up by two specialist working groups at Congress yesterday. The cabin crew workshop,... more >>


railway workers section conference 5 August 2006
Privatisation tops rail workers’ concerns
Delegates attending the railway workers’ section conference yesterday pledged to continue campaigning to prevent, reverse or influence the effects of privatisation and deregulation in the railways, depending on the situation in their countries. more >>


Ingo Marowsky 4 August 2006
Civil aviation affiliates agree to tackle fatigue
Civil aviation unions have endorsed a 12-month research project designed to inform a global campaign to stamp out the problem of fatigue. The plan, put forward at today’s Civil Aviation Section Conference, will build on unions’ current lobbying on the issue. more >>


4 August 2006
Road transport workers focus on organising the unorganised
The ITF’s International Road Transport Action Week campaign is playing a key role in helping affiliates to organise unorganised workers, build capacity and develop strong ties of... more >>


Solidarity flag 4 August 2006
Support for Tehran bus union
Delegates at today’s congress queued up to sign a flag expressing solidarity for members of the Union of Workers of the Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company. more >>


Cleo Doumbia-Henry 4 August 2006
Help us implement the ‘Bill of Rights’
Trade unions have a crucial role to play in implementing the new Maritime Labour Convention, the Seafarers’ Section Conference was told today by the Director of Labour Standards of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). more >>


3 August 2006
Improved representation is the key
A newly published ITF resource pack will help affiliates to act decisively to improve their women’s representation and, in doing so, the overall strength of their union. The message of the pack... more >>


3 August 2006
Well-attended HIV/Aids workshop
About 70 delegates and visitors from more than 25 countries (and five continents) attended the first of two HIV/Aids workshops at Congress today. This high attendance was a good reflection of the... more >>


Textile workers performing a play about HIV 3 August 2006
Women can make unions grow stronger
Today’s women’s conference made history as the first ever such conference to play a full constitutional part in the ITF Congress. It opened with a series of motivating speeches calling on women to step up the fight for equality in the workplace, in their unions, and in civil society at large. more >>


2 August 2006
“My ITF” to keep affiliates informed
The ITF has set up a new electronic notification service designed to keep members informed of key issues in the global transport industry. The service, My ITF, was launched at the ITF’s Durban... more >>


2 August 2006
HIV/AIDS workshops begin tomorrow
During Congress in Durban, the ITF Education Department will conduct two workshops on HIV/AIDS, the first tomorrow, followed by another on Friday morning. All representatives attending Congress are... more >>


Kate Matlou of Satawu 2 August 2006
Opening speakers stress role of solidarity
Congress took off this morning when almost 1,200 registered participants stood to hear South Africa’s national anthem, Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika (God Bless Africa) performed by the workers’ choir of Satawu (South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union). more >>


Congress 2005 Logo 2 August 2006
ITF congress now on
The ITF’s biggest ever world congress is now under way in South Africa. more >>


1 August 2006
SATAWU: our host union
Our host union is the South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu), a union formed in 2000 from the merger between the Transport and General Workers’ Union (TGWU) and South African... more >>


1 August 2006
Congress goes online
The ITF has developed a special Congress website – available at www.itfglobal.org/congress – which contains all the resources delegates will need during their visit, as well as information that will... more >>


Durban Golden Mile 1 August 2006
10 facts about Durban
1. Durban, known as eThekwini to Zulu speakers, is the largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, with a population of over three million. more >>


ITF 41st Congress 1 August 2006
Organising globally: fighting for our rights
Welcome to Durban, where the ITF is holding its biggest ever Congress from today until Wednesday 9 August. Already 1,107 people from 342 unions in 108 countries have registered to attend. more >>


27 July 2006
Mapping survey set to assist in ITF global work programme
Transport unions are being invited to contribute to the development of the ITF’s global programme of work by participating in a major mapping survey. All ITF-affiliated unions attending the federation’s Congress in Durban, South Africa, next week, will be asked to complete a survey on membership; unions without a delegation to Congress are also being encouraged to participate. more >>


29 June 2006
ITF’s biggest ever congress will be first in Africa
The ITF is to hold its biggest ever world congress in Durban, South Africa, from 2 to 9 August. Already 1,107 people from 342 unions in 108 countries have registered for the event, which will be the first to be held in Africa. more >>


6 June 2006
Protests over exploitation by ferry operators on Ireland-UK routes
Angry trade unionists have staged a protest in Wales against attempts by ferry operators to cut costs by exploiting foreign workers. more >>


1 June 2006
Emergency resolution condemns union-busting shipping corporation in Pakistan
The “blatant anti-union practices” of a shipping corporation in Pakistan were slammed by the ITF and seafarers’ and dockers’ representatives during a meeting in Hong Kong last week. more >>


Congress Press Releases

9 August 2006
ITF congress closes with global action pledge
The ITF’s four yearly congress closed today in Durban, South Africa, with the organisation committing itself to further escalate its campaigning activities in an increasingly globalised world. more >>


9 August 2006
Randall Howard elected president of world union federation
Satawu General Secretary Randall Howard was today elected President of the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) – a powerful global union federation with worldwide membership and influence. The organisation is holding its four yearly congress in Durban this week. more >>


8 August 2006
Unions welcome FirstGroup pledge
A coalition of trade union groups who met at the ITF Congress in Durban, South Africa yesterday have released the following statement: more >>


7 August 2006
ITF launches world ‘Ports of Convenience’ campaign
The ITF Congress has voted in Durban to launch a worldwide ‘Ports of Convenience’ campaign to ensure that decent standards apply across the world’s ports. Delegates at the ITF Congress, representing the ITF’s 624 affiliated unions – including over 200 representing dockers – backed a global push whose first focus will be on the world’s largest global network terminal operators (GNTs). more >>


7 August 2006
World anti-Aids campaign previews at global union congress
Global union the ITF, meeting at its Congress in South Africa, voted today to prepare a worldwide campaign against HIV/Aids that will be launched on World Aids Day, 1 December 2006.

Delegates representing the ITF’s 624 affiliated unions committed their unions to a campaign of programmes and activities designed to combat the spread of the virus, and provide care and support to those with HIV/Aids and their families. more >>


1 August 2006
ITF congress begins tomorrow
The ITF’s 41st  world congress begins tomorrow in South Africa and will set the agenda for the global organisation for the next four years. more >>


1 August 2006
ITF Congress press pack

ITF Congress 2006, International Convention Centre, Durban, South Africa.
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19 July 2006
ITF Congress press conference
A press conference will be held on the opening day of the ITF Congress in South Africa on 2 August.  All press are invited to attend, at 13:00 in Room MR12 (TBC) of the International Convention... more >>


Entrance foyer at the ITF's last Congress, in Vancouver in 2002 29 June 2006
ITF’s 41st Congress set for South Africa, August 2 to 9
The ITF is to hold its 41st world congress in Durban, South Africa from 2 to 9 August. This will be the first congress to be held in Africa in the Federation’s 110 year history and the biggest ever. The venue is the International Convention Centre (ICC), 45 Ordnance Road, Durban. more >>


7 June 2006
Future of Africa’s aviation industry tackled
A meeting jointly sponsored by the ITF and the ILO (International Labour Organization) will close in Kenya today with the release of the first ever policy paper on labour and aviation in Africa. more >>


24 May 2006
Pressure on Pakistan International Airlines increases
The pressure was increased further on PIA yesterday as protests were made in London, and the ITF’s international campaign was stepped up around the world. more >>


19 May 2006
Press advisory: Update on Pakistan Airlines boycott
Workers around the world have taken up the call for solidarity with their colleagues at Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), following the launch of an ITF consumer boycott against the airline... more >>


20 April 2006
Teamsters take argument to Maersk shareholders

The ITF is supporting a move by the Teamsters union to ask shareholders of transport giant Maersk to vote for a workplace code of conduct at the company’s AGM in Copenhagen today. more >>


10 April 2006
‘Fair deal for TNT staff’ campaign launches
Two international trade union organisations are today launching a campaign to ensure that TNT workers do not suffer when the company – the world’s fourth largest express parcels carrier – sells its logistics business. more >>


10 March 2006
Consolidated Maritime Labour Convention gained in 'spirit of unity'
Welcoming the breakthrough agreement on the new superconvention ITF General Secretary David Cockroft said: "The adoption of the new Consolidated Maritime Labour Convention by the ILO Maritime Conference was a major step forward for the rights and social conditions of seafarers everywhere"
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