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What to Do if there Is no Union in Your Country?

There are some countries where there are no ITF affiliated trade unions for seafarers, such as China.

In other countries trade unions are illegal there are no trade unions at all, such as the United Arab Emirates.

If you are working on a ship that is covered by an ITF Collective Agreement, then you will usually become a member of the ITF union that holds the agreement for the duration of the agreement.