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The ITF Seafarer Union Development Programme (ISUDP) began in 1999.

The Programme is designed to strengthen seafarer affiliates in labour supply countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Russia, Turkey and the Ukraine.

This strengthening can involve:
The ISUDP role has evolved to include coordinating projects to establish new unions representing seafarers. Such projects are underway in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor Leste.

One such project in Turkey has already achieved its goal of financial and operational self-sufficiency for the new union.
 ISUDP works with the ITF affiliates and other maritime unions to carry out its work and ensure that the projects achieve the best outcomes for seafarers.

In addition to the listed countries ISUDP has projects currently operating in Egypt and India and potential priority countries are always under review to ensure the Programme remains relevant.

Related pages:
2004: ISUDP: Due respect | 2004: ISUDP: State of your union | 2001: ISUDP: Unions at your service?


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