Campaign to clean up Shipbreaking, the world's most dangerous job
The workers in this industry suffer precarious working conditions, lack training, and face serious hazards.
The industry has a responsibility to provide, and workers have a right to expect, safe, healthy, clean and sustainable jobs.
IndustriALL Global Union demands that all member states of the International Maritime Organization (IMO):
Ratify the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships NOW!
10 January 2017 at 14:06
At least five workers have died in a fire onboard an LPG container ship at the Gadani shipbreaking yard in Pakistan on 9 January, in yet another deadly incident at the yard. Despite scores of fatalities at Gadani in the last few months, no measures have been taken to improve safety.
1 November 2016 at 16:25
A round table discussion to ensure shipbreaking workers’ safety and rights jointly organized by IndustriALL and BILS in Chittagong underlined the need for collective efforts to improve working conditions and to protect workers’ rights.
28 July 2016 at 13:30
Shipbreaking workers in Bangladesh have been trained in collective bargaining, social dialogue, and health and safety at IndustriALL Global Union workshops in the Bangladeshi shipbreaking city of Chittagong.
25 May 2016 at 17:11
Around 350 shipbreaking workers have been reinstated with wages after a two-day strike led by IndustriALL Pakistani affiliate NTUF. Workers are continuing to demand that the government and employers ensure basic facilities at the country's dangerous shipbreaking yards.
17 December 2015 at 16:28
Unite the Union, IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliate in the UK and Ireland, has called on the David Cameron government to “be part of an effective solution to the problem of unsafe and unsustainable shipbreaking, and urgently ratify the Hong Kong Convention”.
15 December 2015 at 13:30
Workers in this industry face dangerous and precarious working conditions, with very little training, safety equipment and medical services, and they receive poverty wages. IndustriALL Global Union is campaigning to support organizing at the South Asia yards and is pushing governments in countries with major shipping industries to take responsibility for workers’ safety.
9 December 2015 at 05:04
The sixth issue of IndustriALL publication Global Worker is out now. Among other things, read about the industry where more workers are killed on the job than anywhere else, how superheroes can be used to organize more members, and the next generation of trade unionists.
IndustriALL shipbuilding-shipbreaking Action Group meets in Chittagong and recommits to global campaign
4 November 2015 at 03:52
Leading trade unions from the shipbuilding and shipbreaking industries coordinate through an IndustriALL Action Group that meets every year. In Chittagong, Bangladesh on 1-2 November the Action Group focussed on the global campaign to clean up ship breaking, the world’s most dangerous job.
13 October 2015 at 15:38
The shipbreaking workers union at the Alang shipyards wrote to the Indian Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping to demand the country’s ratification of the international standard for health and safety in the industry, the Hong Kong Convention.