An important statement from the Australian government this morning where important releases are issued to seafarers that the global coronary virus (COVID-19) pandemic creates conditions and conditions. The daily life in many countries severely restricted, but the communities still need supplies of food, medicines and daily goods, we need factories to materials and logistics services to ship their products. This underscores the need for strong international supply chains and emphasizes the critical importance of maritime trade in the global economy, which relies on shipping for 90 per cent of all goods
As social partners officials, the components Forum Aldala bargaining (IBF), which consists of a joint negotiating group (JNG) and Union Aldala Transport Workers (ITF) in contact and continuous discussion on how the impact of Covid-19 sailors and what employers can do to mitigate The negative effect. The social partners focused on finding solutions to the existing contractual rights of seafarers and employers' obligations. However, the growing challenge with the increasing travel restrictions imposed by most countries and the virtual collapse of air travel, which prevents the scheduled crew changes and regular repatriation in general.
In all parts of the world, countries impose closures, which limits the ability of people to move around and to learn about freedom and familiarity. By comparison, the sailors working in the shipping Aldala usually live on board a ship for a period of up to 10 months each time, but now because of the restrictions imposed by many countries, forced those sailors to stay longer because the majority of maritime employers need to enter the freezing of temporary changes to the crew .
As social partners, we are extremely proud and grateful for the manner in which seafarers embrace the challenge of extending their contracts. They have continued to perform their basic work professionally in order to maintain the global supply chain that moves until the vital commodities continue to remain in place. We are fully aware that when conditions require the extension of the maximum lengths of seafarers' tours, this is only a temporary and temporary solution. We would like to assure seafarers that the maritime industry is working hard to find solutions so that seafarers can be rested and returned to them.
Want JNG, representing the employers, and the ITF, which represents seafarers' unions, in officially recognizing the contribution of seafarers in the value of world trade and to express our deep appreciation for the vital services provided by sailors at these times is unprecedented. We call on governments to do so as well.
Governments must urgently develop processes and procedures to ensure that the definition of seafarers that they only workers are key, but they are exempt from regular travel restrictions so that the crew can change. If solutions are not determined soon, then governments will be responsible for exposing the supply chain, its safety, and the welfare of seafarers in the world. This will ultimately threaten the supply of basic commodities, including the medicine that its citizens most need.
The International Bargaining Forum (IBF) is the forum that brings together the ITF and the maritime maritime owners who make up the negotiated group (JNG).