Ibf Collective Agreement

23. September 2021    

The IBF Seafarers` Support Fund (formerly known as the Welfare Fund) was established exclusively to support the well-being of seafarers on board ships covered by the IBF agreements. IMEC also coordinates the implementation of IBF agreements on behalf of its members through local negotiations. Once the right to negotiate has been released and PSU has the right to sign the agreements, PSU, through an administrator, will prepare the agreements (according to the terms) for signature by the parties in Manila. Once the agreements are signed, PSU forwards them to POEA for authentication. PSU makes available to the Agency/owner two sets of poea authenticated agreements for its file and for the maritime file. Applications for grants are submitted to help the welfare of seafarers on board their ships to provide resources, such as: IMEC members can apply for an 18% discount on funds paid in 2019 to the ITF`s International Fund for Assistance, Welfare and Protection. The JNG is made up of IMEC, the International Seafarers` Management Association of Japan (IMMAJ), the Korean Shipowners Association (KSA) and Taiwanese company Evergreen, and coordinates the views of employers around the world. In 2003, IMEC successfully negotiated that a portion of JNG members` contributions to itF Assistance, Welfare and Protection Fund would be paid to the IBF Welfare Fund. The International Negotiating Forum (IBF) was established in 2003 as a mechanism for maritime employers, represented by the Joint Negotiating Group (JNG), and seafarers` unions, represented by the International Transport Workers` Federation (ITF), to negotiate the wages and conditions of employment of seafarers operating on board ships under ITF special agreements. However, there are cases where owners or their representatives go directly to the ITF unit on the London Agreements. If this is the case, the ITF signs the special agreement containing the PSU agreement with the owners.

The ITF will then inform the PSU that a special agreement has been signed. In addition, PSU will now prepare the CBA for signing with the Agency in Manila. The IBF Solidarity Fund 2020 is open from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. To apply, please fill out the application form and send to: Hilary Ho. The Philippine Seafarers Union (PSU) requires a letter from the Agency/owners in which it announces its intention to declare a particular vessel, accompanied by the 16-point questionnaire and crew list. The PSU will seek permission from the International Transport Federation (ITF) by letter or email, which in turn will ask the union in the country of beneficial owners to release the right to negotiate. In accordance with the ITF Directive, it takes approximately 28 working days to assert or release trading rights. PSU cannot implement the new PSU CBAs if the ITF and CPF have not issued an authorisation. Here you will find a summary of all funds available to IMEC members. Note: Each year, when there is an amendment to the CBA in accordance with the outcome of negotiations between the Joint Negotiating Group (Shipowners) and the ITF, checks and submits amendments to the CBAPs and submits them to the ITF Unit and Fair Practices Committee (FPC) for approval of the new CBAPs. .

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