The ITF’s Maritime Roundtable began on an inspirational note this week in Casablanca, Morocco, when participants heard a live message from Said Elhairech, who was speaking from jail.
With the full backing of all the attendees, the ITF is using the Maritime Roundtable (MRT) as a key tool for publicising Said’s innocence and demanding that the Moroccan authorities release him.
The conference opened with keynote speeches from ITF general secretary David Cockroft and ITF president Paddy Crumlin, plus guests from Morocco and beyond.
The MRT is a groundbreaking new three day activists’ forum that is building links between dockers’ and seafarers’ unions and helping shape the future of the ITF’s campaigning on flags of convenience.
Alongside the activists and future union leaders attending there are a number of virtual participants who are joining the debates via the internet and live online reporting of the event at www.dockers-seafarers.org/event/maritime-roundtable.
A new website – www.dockers-seafarers.org – has been created to support the event and build on its achievements.