ITF affiliated transport unions to protect dockers' lashing work in
Seafarers’ health and lives are being put at risk and dockers are suffering because employers are still forcing crews to carry out lashing and unlashing work. Lashing is an extremely dangerous job and if it's carried out by untrained workers it can lead to injury, health problems or even death.
seafarers are losing their lives when doing container lashing. Crew does suffer
from stress and fatigue because the extra lashing works interfere with the
resting hours. During this week campaign action week it was reported that one
seafarer collapsed in the presence of ITF inspectors doing a ship visits. The
gent was taken to the hospital for medical care. His fellow colleagues reported
he has been awake for 28 hours and that they are forced to make lashing
activities during official resting hours.
Professional made cargo lashing is mandatory for the safe voyage of a vessel and her crew. Lashing is part of the work of dockers and should only be made by trained dockers. That is one of the ITF policies and is incorporated in each ITF approved collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for seafarers signed by the ITF and its affiliates.
The ITF collective bargaining agreement article 3 clearly states that "lashing and unlashing of cargo is dockers' work and the crew should not be asked to undertake this work - unless there is prior agreement from the local ITF dockers' union". Companies, masters or officers asking seafarers to carry out lashing and unlashing work who don't have written permission are in breach of this contract.
European Lashing Campaign is an ITF/ETF affiliated campaign supported by the
ITF and ETF. It focusses on lashing on board of feeder vessels. The goal of
this campaign is to reclaim the lashing and securing for the dockworkers. Unifeeder has been identified as the main
campaign target. Other typical feeder companies have been nominated as
As part of
the European Lashing Campaign ITF inspectors in many European ports are raising
dockers', seafarers' and shipping companies' awareness around lashing. ITF
inspectors boarded last week vessels and visited seafarers, distributed
leaflets and explained seafarers about the dangers and consequences of them
doing dockers’ work. ITF inspectors had contacts with dockers to explain about
the lashing campaign. ITF affiliated dockers unions took actions, organized meeting
with their members and in some European ports vessels were delayed for several
hours and dockers reclaimed their work.
Not everyone could be reached the past week. So if you are a docker: speak to your union about what you can do to support the “Reclaim Lashing Campaign” in your port. If you're a seafarer: email the details to ReclaimLashing@itf.org.uk if you're asked to do lashing or unlashing work. Include the vessel name and location.
never be requested to lash or unlash cargo unless the safety and security of
crew and vessel are in danger. Lashing is part of dockers' work and should only
be performed by trained dockers!