Last week, IAM Transportation Coordinator Edison Fraser represented the Machinists Union at the International Transport Workers’ Federation’s (ITF) executive board meeting in London, England. The conference’s emphasis was for the ITF to renew its commitment to the fight to represent its affiliates’ union members worldwide.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and strategize with union sisters and brothers worldwide. It is important to remember that an injury to one is an injury to all,” said Fraser. “There was also a focus on union members in Ukraine and how they were being affected by the Russian invasion. The IAM Air Transport members stand with our Ukrainian sisters and brothers as they struggle through these difficult times.”
“The IAM has a long, storied history of developing and maintaining relationships with all ITF affiliates,” said Richie Johnsen, IAM Chief of Staff to the International President. “We will continue to be at the forefront in the fight to protect workers’ rights globally.”
Johnsen serves as an ITF Executive Board member.
Another focal point of the meetings was a planned day of action against P&O Ferries, which fired 800 Britain-based seafarers on March 17, 2022, with only 30 minutes’ notice via a prerecorded zoom call.