Shipowners And Unions In Anti-Bullying Project

To eradicate bullying and harassment and increase the attractiveness of maritime careers, the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) have been working together on an EU-funded project to produce a training toolkit aimed at reducing and eventually eliminating this problem by targeting its root causes.

The training toolkit, produced in conjunction with InterManager associate member Videotel, consists of a training manual, guidelines for the attention of shipping companies and a video clip, which raises awareness of the various types of bullying and harassment and advocates mutual respect through best practice examples.

Patrick Verhoeven, ECSA secretary general, commented: “Shipping companies have the duty to raise awareness among crew members on the disastrous consequences of harassment and bullying practices, especially in confined workplaces such as ships.”

He added: “I am confident that the training material we have produced together with our social partner ETF, will give shipping companies the opportunity to show their commitment in achieving a harassment and bullying-free environment.”

 

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