• Short Summary

    In spite of a long series of talks between the International Transport Workers Federation and the Panhellenic Seamen's Federation on one side and the Greek owners of "flags of convenience" shipping on the other, no remedy had been found by July 21 for the problem of the thousands of unemployed Greek seamen and some 500 Greek-owned ships lying idle in various ports throughout the world.

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    In spite of a long series of talks between the International Transport Workers Federation and the Panhellenic Seamen's Federation on one side and the Greek owners of "flags of convenience" shipping on the other, no remedy had been found by July 21 for the problem of the thousands of unemployed Greek seamen and some 500 Greek-owned ships lying idle in various ports throughout the world.

    Following a meeting in Geneva of the "fighting committee" of the I.T.W.F., the Federation's Secretary General, Mr. Omer Becu (Belgium) came to Athens for meetings with the P.S.F. and with various Greek Government officials, and on July 21 gave a press conference in Piraeus at which he explained the aims of his Federation's struggle against "flag of convenience" shipping.

    He said that in the 12 months ending July 1958 the shipping of Liberia - a notorious country for ships sailing under flags of convenience - had increased to 2 million tons. If no action was taken, in ten years half the world's shipping would be running under flags of convenience. The main purpose of the meeting, he said, was to draw attention to the activities of "runaway" shipping owners who try to exploit seamen working on their ships. The I.T.W.F.'s campaign would continue until the interests of working semen and of traditional maritime nations were protected. Since the latest boycott to "runaway" shipping of last December some 150 ships had returned to the Greek flag.

    A large meeting attended by the I.T.W.F., the Greek Seamen's Federation, and representatives of Greek shipping magnates is to be he shortly in London to settle the differences between the seamen's organisations and the "flags of convenience" shipping owners.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAKC9QRWIZB0W20WXJ0E784R7L
    Media URN:
    VLVAKC9QRWIZB0W20WXJ0E784R7L
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/07/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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