When Strong Union is Behind Your Back

Novoship's Primary Trade Union Organization of the Seafarers' Union of Russia (SUR) held the report and election conference in Novorossiysk. The Primary Organization is the part of the SUR's South Territorial Organization. 51 delegates among the seafarers and the workers of Novoship's shore-based infrastructure evaluated the five-year period work of Primary Organization (PTO) on its merits. The delegates handed their ideas on future. Nikolay Popov was unanimously reelected as the PTO's chairman until 2022.

“There are seven key components in our work: social partnership; programme on sports and recreation and mass-cultural events forseafarers and their families; organizational activity; legal defense; informational support; ship inspections and union cooperation,” noted Nikolay Popov in his speech. “We succeeded in achieving good results in each area. There will be renewal of collective agreements and negotiation on seafarers' wage increase and updating to social programmes in the future. I call to take active part in the union's work because the power is in our unity. We can cope with anything when the strong union is behind our back.” 

The delegates didn't fail to this advice and voiced their wish instantly—to receive on ships the union's news during the voyages. Human resource director at Novoship Oleg Stepanov, who visited the conference as a guest, confirmed such possibility. Seafarers raised another question at the last PTO's conference: why ratings were not included in the support programme on retirementworkers? Under this programme the Novoship's officers receive lump sum payments for many years and delegates asked to spread the programme to all crew. No sooner said than the employer and the union have been paying the material rewards to newly retirees among ratings since 2014. Today seafarers and the union are concerned first of all such issues as salaries, employment and protection.

“Job stability and regular pays,” said the bosun of NS Creation Gennady Eremenko who in such manner described the seafarer's days. “Novoship's Union Organization will work further using a collective agreement as its main tool which is the best in our country, by the way.”

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