As of June 17, more than 100 shipping companies had DE SOS collective agreements in force. A large part of them participate in the SSS. SOS CBA covers all categories of seafarers, with the exception of officers. The Singapore Organisation of Seamen (SOS) has released more than $1.5 million to cover the costs of accommodation and catering for sailors at the Seacare Hotel, amid the Covid 19 situation. The signatory association normally comes from the country where the headquarters of the advantageous shipping company of the ship is located. Often, the unions of the crew`s home nation(s) also participate in negotiations. The aim is to ensure that the agreement takes into account all national laws and practices and that crew members can become members of their national union. It is the legally binding document that binds the employer to the corresponding collective agreement (CBA) approved by the ITF. It shall indicate the applicable CBA, it shall indicate the details of the vessel covered and it shall indicate the data on which the agreement is valid. It sets out the obligations of shipowners as well as the legal right of ITF representatives to access the vessel and verify compliance with the agreement. SSS is a program offering accommodation and services to SOS members, international seafarers and the maritime community. Kam Soon Huat, President of SOS, asked shipowners to speed up the crew change and take this opportunity to use the Seacare Hotel`s SSS-E coupons for sailors. When a shipowner signs an ITF agreement, he commits: the ITF-TCC agreement is the most common type of ITF agreement.
Most affiliated unions use the uniform ITF TCC Agreement. There are several other types of CBT agreements, all of which have been approved by the ITF and have been taken over by different affiliated unions around the world. Although they may vary slightly (mainly due to the requirements of their national legislation), they are all based on the single CBT-CBT and meet the established minimum standards for ITF. Occasionally, the ITF signs an agreement directly with the shipowner. If you are covered by an ITF agreement but there is no ITF member union in your home country, it represents you before the employer in matters of business. This non-negotiable agreement, also known as the FFA, was developed by the International Transport Federation (ITF). . . .