ITF Agreements

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ITF Agreements are only those that are approved by the ITF.

ITF Agreements only apply to ships flying a Flag of Convenience (FOC)*.

ITF Agreements are signed by a maritime union and shipping company, either the beneficial owner or the operator or the manager of the ship. The union must be affiliated to the ITF.

The signatory union is normally from the country where the beneficial shipping companyof the ship is based. Often, the union(s) of the crew’s home nation(s) also takes part in the negotiations. This is to ensure that the agreement takes into account any national laws and customs and so that the crewmembers are able to become members of their national union.

Occasionally the ITF will sign an agreement directly with the shipowner.

If you are covered by an ITF Agreement, but there is not an ITF affiliated union in your home country, the ITF will represent you in matters to the employer.

An ITF Agreement comprises of the following:

When a ship owner signs an ITF agreement, they undertake to:

ITF Agreements fall into three main categories:

Other specialist ITF agreements include:

To find out if your ship is covered by an ITF agreement, click on the link.

* Non-FOC or national flag ships may be covered by National Agreements, but these are a matter for the local union in the flag country.

Related pages:
About the IBF | Glossary of Terms | Contact Us | Look Up a Ship, Inspector or Union

Related documents:
ITF IMEC International IBF CBA 2019-2022 (453kb PDF)

Uniform TCC 2019-2020 (555kb PDF)

Special Agreement Template 2019 (367kb PDF)

TCC Special Agreement 2019 (273kb PDF)

ITF Standard CBA 2015 (459kb PDF)

ITF Offshore Collective Agreement 2015 (495kb PDF)

Model Cruise Ship CBA – Catering Personnel (370kb PDF)


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